by Contributed | Apr 25, 2019 | Small Spaces | Being a host is something you enjoy doing, but you never want to do anything by half measures. Your garden will always be your pride and joy; it is also one of the best places to entertain your guests. Your backyard doesn’t have to be plain and simple like most of your neighbors. It can be as luscious and extravagant as you like, as long as it is welcoming to your prospective guests. There is something enjoyable about getting stuck into a new garden project, so consider the following ways to create a more guest friendly garden that is bursting with character. Perfect Patios There is nothing quite like sitting outside when the sun is shining with a freshly made jug of cold sangria.… Read Full Post
by Contributed | Apr 22, 2019 | Around Our Yard | Insects can be helpful as well as harmful. Helpful insects control the populations of harmful insects while harmful insects destroy gardens, property, and infest your home. Aphids, potato bugs, whiteflies, slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers can invade your property and cause the aforementioned damage. Gardens provide a complex and diverse ecosystem of insects and beneficial insects can prevent an overflow of pests. This article will help detail the helpful bugs you might find and the harmful bugs they prey on. Ladybug Of all the beneficial garden insects, ladybugs are among the most well-known. Their shells range from the iconic red, yellow and orange, always complete with black spots. Ladybugs eat aphids, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Aphids and whiteflies will bite into the stem of a plant and drink the sap, leaving open wounds that don’t heal and can eventually lead to the death of the plant.… Read Full...
by Contributed | Apr 19, 2019 | Backyard Chickens | Summer is almost here, and if you’re making grand plans to spend time in your backyard, you need to start getting it in ship-shape. There are always plenty of jobs that can be done in your backyard, but one of the most important is pet-proofing it. Whether you have cats, dogs, chickens or anything else, your pets’ safety when outside is important. Need some help getting started? Here are some tips for pet-proofing your backyard for summer. Secure the premises The first thing you need to do to make your garden safe for pets is to check that all of your fencing is intact. This means going around and checking every panel to see if there are any damaged or loose panels, identifying gaps and putting everything right.… Read Full Post
by Keri Byrum | Apr 15, 2019 | Succulents | This is a tough question. “Should I remove my succulent flowers?” has been asked at more than one presentation over the years. My preference is yes, but let’s look at the pros and cons of both options. An argument for keeping succulent flowers The aeonium flowers above are beautiful on their own. Their bright yellow color is a welcome site in winter. Succulent flowers come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, but most are not nearly as showy as these– and I hate to ruin the ending, but I still cut these off! However, if this is the first time you have seen your succulents flower and you want to experience it for yourself, go ahead and let that baby bloom.… Read Full Post
by Contributed | Apr 4, 2019 | Succulents | Cut flowers and potted flowers tend to have reigned supreme for years when it comes to flowers for property interiors. But succulents are rapidly growing in popularity and increasing numbers of us are beginning to add them to the list of plants that we want to incorporate into our homes. So, let’s take a moment to get to know them a little better! What Are Succulents? While many of us will be able to identify succulents apart from other plants in a crowd, relatively few of us actually know all too much about them. Put simply, succulents are plants that store water in their leaves. These leaves are generally thick and fleshy. Some genus of succulents have thicker and fleshier leaves than others.… Read Full Post