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I grew up loving wildflowers. During the 40s and 50s there weren't many other flowers available in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I also grew up loving color and I was particularly attracted to red. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered very few red wildflowers growing in my mountains.
Frostweed is a lovely perennial plant that is native to Texas and many other states, but has been ignored by commercial nurseries.
Growing wildflowers successfully is easiest if you don't try to fight what happens naturally in your location. Find out which wildflowers are native to your area and be true to your region when selecting varieties for your garden. While it can be very tempting to try wildflowers that flourish in other parts of the country, the best results can be achieved by growing only species that are native to your area.
These are my personal views on growing plants and a little overview of some European wildflowers
It's raffle time again! Get those acorns out and grab some tickets!
This beautiful annual of the Fabaceae family is the most recognized Texas Native Wildflower.
Do you want to attract bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds to your garden? The best way to lure pollinators into your garden is to plant things they love. Pollinators love wildflowers. These are a few of my favorites that are loved by pollinators and are easy to grow.
"None can have a healthy love for flowers unless he loves the wild ones." ~ Forbes Watson, art critic and writer, 1879 - 1960
Don't pitch those freshly cut rhubarb leaves into the compost bin/pile. Instead, tuck those leaves up, under and around your rhubarb plants. They provide excellent mulch as well as extra nutrients for your plants.
In this week's episode, we dive straight into talking all about trees, how to buy them, plant them, care for them, and yes, how to kill them! We don't want you to kill your trees, though, so learn from our lessons and keep your trees happy and healthy with our time honored tips and ideas.
I just spent the better part of an afternoon extricating the perennials in one of my flower beds from the death grip of field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). Weeds don’t come much nastier than this thug. It’s considered one of the most noxious weeds in the world.
Among the most frustrating things about gardening are the mystery plants remaining when their tags fade away from sun and rain. The fix is embossable tags, but the cost of buying them is prohibitive if you use a lot, as I do...
I know many plant shippers use boxes to shop their plants around the world. Here is a way to reuse a shipping carton that has print on the outside, or maybe has one too many labels on it.
Use various decorative items around the base of your plants to make them more unique and interesting to look at. You can also match these decorative items to your interior design colors for an extra special personal look.
In this video, Trish shows us her herb spiral garden bed. She talks about what material we used to fill the bed, what plants she's currently growing, how she chose where to put each plant, how she waters, and much more.
Buy a wagon at a garage sale. They are great for moving plants and heavy garden art around the yard.
ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries
By dave, August 8, 2013
In this week's episode, Trish shares all her best tips about processing tomatoes, especially how to can them for later eating! We also discuss elderberries: their health benefits, how to harvest and clean them, and what to do with these wonderful wild fruits.
For earwig control, place a rolled up newspaper in your garden at night. Earwigs like dark, cozy places. In the morning, pick it up and seal in a plastic bag, earwigs and all.
Keiki - literally means 'baby' or 'child' in Hawaiian. In horticulture, it is used to refer to a baby plant produced by the parent, usually in orchids, which is an exact clone of the parent plant.
Because they grow mostly in bogs where there are little to no minerals in their soil, they get minerals from their "victims."
A long, thin, drooping cylinder of flowers without petals, generally found on willows, birches, and oaks.
Hugelkultur Bed Maintenance; When the Wood Starts Breaking Down
By dave, August 3, 2013
In this video, Trish shows our hugelkultur swales beds, and how she manages them as the woody material starts breaking down, creating empty pockets in the bed.
Solving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Series
By dave, August 2, 2013
This newly introduced Crepe Myrtle exploded onto the scene last year and had everyone talking about it. But is this really a new variety, or an older, already existing variety that has been repackaged and rebranded? I investigated the situation, and what I found will surprise you.
In today's episode, Dave and Trish talk all about sweet potatoes. How to plant them, how to grow them, when to harvest, how to cure, and some ideas of how to eat them!
Shortly after moving to southeastern PA, I watched 30 deer gracefully ravage my new garden like starving ballerinas at an all-you-can-eat buffet. I asked a neighbor: “What don’t deer eat?” After a significant pause he replied: “Concrete…if it’s in large chunks.”