No doubt, there are as many personal emotions associated with tulips as there are colors, hybrids and modern-day varietals. Originally from western Europe and central Asia, tulips grow best in regions characterized by cold winters and hot, dry summers. However, you can grow healthy bulbs just about anywhere by following a few standard rules of thumb. Here’s the low down.Buy the Right Bulbs
While early, wild tulip varieties were exclusively red or yellow and produced relatively small blooms, today’s cultivars represent a vast array of colors and heights as well as blooming times. The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for your bulbs is they [...]
Summer is upon us and the warmer weather calls for more time spent outside. Long winters and busy schedules may have caused your outdoor living areas to be overlooked. Check out these easy ways to refresh your front porch for an enjoyable summer season.
If your porch is looking particularly drab and dirty, consider pressure washing it before you do anything else. Pressure washing may seem like a waste of time but you will be amazed at the difference a good pressure washing can do to brighten up the wood on your porch. Not only does it clear away the dirt but it also can clear off chipped paint as well. Pressure washing is a good way to see areas of your porch that will need [...]
It’s a cliché, almost: goats will eat anything and everything. While reality may not extend that cliché all the way to the proverbial tin can, goats are hearty eaters and will take care of just about any type of vegetation they get access to. In this way, they are superior to other grazers in that they eat everything they come in contact with.
Goats will eat ivy, blackberry bushes, and they’ll take down kudzu, too. In fact, they’ll eat trees if they have nothing else available to them. Goats are nature’s lawn mowers, and though they may be more discriminating eaters than cliché would dictate, they make great [...]
Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to use your outdoor space as well as provide healthy and nutritious food for your family. Vegetable gardens are also a great way to teach children about plants and responsibility in caring for a growing garden. Here are some easy vegetables to grow in your garden this year that will not disappoint!1. Lettuce
If you want close to instant gratification in gardening, consider planting lettuce. This is a great vegetable that is easy to grow and will give you plenty of lettuce for salads and summer recipes. Lettuce grows and can go from seed to table fairly quickly. Consider planting lettuce at different intervals to make sure that you [...]
Spring means it’s time for everyone to get ready to spend more time outside doing what they love. For some, that means going to the pool every day. For others, it might mean hiking more often. If you would enjoy nothing more than to spend a warm spring afternoon in your garden, then this might be the most exciting time of the year for you.
You’re ready to start picking out new seeds to grow, and you’ve spent a while dreaming about how you’re going to design your garden this year. Maybe you’re using the old layout from the past year in a new way, or perhaps this is your first garden altogether. Whether you’ve had a long history with gardening [...]
If you want a vibrant lawn to view from your patio or walkway this summer, you need to start taking care of your lawn in spring. Winter can be very hard on lawns. Ice and snow can injure or even kill the turf roots. The cold temperatures and packing of snow and ice can compress the soil and result in less than healthy lawns. You may need to revive soil, plants and grass — as well as ensure that the lawn stays healthy through the spring and summer. Here’s how.Clean the Lawn
At the end of winter, lawns can have debris of various sorts on them. It can be leaves that escaped the rake, weeds, nests of small animals, tree branches that dropped due to heavy snow or ice, [...]
There are very few experiences that rival the sheer enjoyment you get out of growing your own food. Gardening is relaxing and is a great way to exercise while putting healthy food on your table. Unfortunately, in the age of organic and chemical-free growing strategies, it can be easy to find yourself inundated with hordes of creepy-crawly pests.
If you’re hoping to make the most of your natural space without contaminating it with store bought chemicals that can also harm yourself, practice safe gardening and consider making one of these DIY pesticides to keep the critters at bay.Soap Insecticide
It’s easy to make a homemade insecticide from mild liquid soap [...]