Recent Blog Posts

Snack-Time For the Birds

Different sized bird feeders are created for different sized birds. Makes complete sense but it's more important than you would think. Larger birds, such as cardinals and mourning doves, tend to feed on hopper-type feeders that release food onto a tray where they can land.

Take the poinsettia challenge

For most Americans poinsettias are like Christmas trees: You buy them for Christmas, and throw them out along with all that shredded wrapping paper. But if you just can't bear to toss out your poinsettia, there's no reason why you can't keep it around till next Christmas.

Getting Canned

Obviously, a huge vegetable harvest is better than a sparse yield, but overabundance does pose its own problem. Namely, what do you do with all those vegetables? You could hand them out to neighbors--and wait in vain for them to repay the favor.

For The Birds

Ahh spring, when a birds' attention turns towards mating. Which means nesting and, if you supply an attractive site for them, you'll end up with a backyard brood that provides constant entertainment. There's plenty of room for creativity in the design of a birdhouse, from pseudo-Victorian styles to zestier models that can echo an alien space ship.

Dividing Perennials

With the weather still nice and the soil still not too hard, this is the ideal month to dig up your perennials, separate the roots and replant them. Not only does this keep them healthy, but it is a good way to make more plants.

Beatin' the Heat

August heat can scorch your lawn into straw and ruin months of attentive cultivation. To avoid that, water your lawn frequently. This prevents the grass' root structure from rising toward the surface in a desperate search for water.

Build Your Own Trellis

Use this trellis to support climbing plants and make a vertical garden out of a blank wall. The design can be altered to fit different-size walls while keeping its pleasing proportions. The four narrow modules are simpler to make than a single large trellis.