How Much Sun Do Marigolds Need?

Deadheading Marigolds: When to Do It, and How to Do It Right

Organic Pest Control: Chemical-free Methods for Keeping Your Plants Healthy

How to Grow Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Growing lavender is not difficult, but you have to ensure there is sufficient root development before the winter arrives. For…

Pressure Canning 101: The Basics

If your purpose is to can low-acid foods, think pressure canning. Remember, a canning pressure cooker is not the same as a pressure cooker. Regular pressure cookers are not recommended for canning pressure cooking. Weighted Gauge vs. Counterweight The canning pressure cooker you purchase has a weighted gauge to indicate and regulate the pressure. Read…

How to Grow and Use Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, also known as Indian turnip, or bog onion, grows from a corm, which is an underground plant stem. It grows up to about two feet, and has hooded flowers. The Jack refers to the spike that carries male and female flowers. Jack-in-the-Pulpit is sometimes mistaken for poison ivy prior to its flowers appearing, which…

How to Grow Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)

The agapanthus bulbs, also known as the Lily of the Nile or African lilies, are herbaceous perennials. Butterflies, birds, and bees like them. Locate the agapanthus plants around pools, decks, and patio edges. The different varieties have varied shades of blue blooms. They make good flower arrangements. Hardiness Grow the agapanthus in containers if you live in zones 1-8,…

Essential Winter Storm Preparation Tips

The information below on winter storm preparation is through the courtesy of the Hyrum 9th Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hyrum, Utah. A winter storm can be a real threat. Be prepared, be careful, and be safe! Familiarize yourself with these terms: Freezing rain – freezes when it hits the ground,…

How to Make Homemade Lye Soap

The modern homemade lye soap is not the dated Grandma’s lye soap that was heavy and harsh. What more, you need not use lard as the key ingredient for homemade lye soap. You can use sunflower or canola, or other oils. Using oil will make your soap greasier than if you use lard, but it…

Getting Started With Cold Frame Gardening

Cold frame gardening allows you to have homegrown fresh green salads even during the winter months. You can easily create a structure even without experience. Structure and Cold Frame Gardening When cold frame gardening, you can build your structure as inexpensively as possible.  If you have an old glass door frame or a window sash,…