It will add a little holiday cheer to your summer garden.
Fall is the best time for planting most spring-blooming bulbs, so if you want to have tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths brightening up your garden after a long winter, now is the time to start thinking about what you want to plant. While these popular bulbs are beautiful, there are all sorts of less common bulbs that are fun to grow, too. For example, you may not have heard of candy cane oxalis before, but this cute plant produces beautiful white- and red-striped flowers that may remind you of a stick of peppermint candy. And unlike tulips and daffodils, this plant blooms in mid- to late summer, so it’s the perfect way to add a touch of Christmas in July to your garden.
These tiny bugs have big appetites. These simple tactics will help you keep them under control.
Did you know that most gardens host at least a few aphids? On healthy plants, these common insects don’t cause much harm and beneficial insects such as ladybugs help reduce their numbers. Aphids become more of a problem when things get out of whack, usually when plants are stressed by drought, poor soil conditions, or overcrowding. Plus, when garden conditions are just right, aphids can reproduce at amazing speed, creating a huge, hungry colony in just a few days that can literally suck the life out of your plants. The key to dealing with these small but destructive pests is knowing when you need to take action, and then having the right tricks up your sleeve to get them under control.
As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, it’s the perfect time for lounging outside on a hammock. This year, it’s especially ideal as many people are staying home and avoiding crowded summertime spots. Luckily, you can still enjoy the season with one of these affordable hammocks.
Here’s a fun article on whether or not you prefer urban or rural living by Marianne Willburn for Garden Rant.
Well, Elon Musk’s plan of moving some of us to Mars is looking better by the day.
Were I to apply, I think I’d have a good shot at being accepted based on the fact that, a) I can grow a potato; and, b) I already look like I’ve been in stasis for four months. In addition I can name all of the Tom Baker Doctor Who episodes from 1974-1981. That’s a random skill that could be instrumental in moving my CV from the slush pile to ‘token civilian.’ Elon does have his quirks.
But if chosen, could I give up this green world, for all of its many imperfections?
Here’s an informative article on planning tips for a home spa or hot tub by Sheryl Geerts for Better Homes & Gardens.
Home spa or hot tub? In-ground or portable? This guide will help you maneuver through these tough decisions before you purchase and install a spa or hot tub.
Whether you are planning a backdoor retreat or an indoor getaway, you’ll need to consider a variety of issues before you purchase and install a home spa or hot tub. Although less involved than planning for a pool, installing a spa or hot tub isn’t a task to be taken lightly.
Kevin Anthony Prall shares his best tips for creating a gorgeous garden with some serious curb appeal.
When you’re trying to create a landscape that stands out from all the rest on your block, figuring out where to start can be tricky. Luckily, Kevin Anthony Prall, the 2019 winner of our inaugural America’s Best Front Yard contest, has some tips to share for designing a showstopping display and all of them are easy enough to incorporate into your own landscape. The results speak for themselves: Prall’s garden in New Kensington, Pennsylvania literally stops traffic each year. Finding your own style and favorite plants are key, but Prall’s advice will help you blend everything together into a one-of-a-kind front yard.
Here’s an interesting article by Scott Beuerlein for Garden Rant.
For whatever they are worth, here are some stray observations that have rattled around in my noggin lately when I’ve had too much time to think.
Let’s start positive! Why not? Here’s something I’ve been loving—the Fashionably Early series of Phlox. They’re some kind of hybrid. I don’t know the parentage. I wish I did, but it’s probably one of those things where one could possibly “know too much.” I’m thinking that if I were to find out, someone would have to kill me. Possibly Hans Hansen, who bred this series, but maybe not. I would think it’s way more important for Walter’s to keep him in the field and away from the rough stuff, so it makes more sense that there would be another among them who makes the call to the “guy who knows guys” that would set my offing in motion.
Here’s an informative article on garden intruders by Susan Harris for Garden Rant.
I suppose most suburban gardeners have some mammals to deal with in their garden – squirrels, rabbits and deer being the top nuisances in my area, so far. That is, until this fat-and-happy groundhog took up residence under my neighbor’s shed, and we think it has a mate, too. (We’re not sure – they all look the same to us.)
Here’s an interesting article on the historical signifance of Apple pie and Independence Day by Emily VanSchmus for Better Homes & Gardens.
A recipe for apple pie was included in the very first American cookbook in 1796.
For many of us, there’s nothing more American than eating a slice of homemade apple pie while watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July. But have you ever wondered why we associate the fruit-filled pastry with the birth of our country? It turns out, apple pie was one of the first desserts to be made in America, and there’s a pretty interesting story about why the colonists began baking it. The patriotic origins of the classic dessert date back to the 1600s, when the colonists first arrived in America, long before the first Independence Day.