The easiest plants to care for in the human world are often the ones we remember seeing all through our childhood in friends’ homes, in businesses and doctor’s offices. Easy care house plants have quietly been a part of our existence for so long partly because things haven’t changed a whole lot from the 1900s to now as far as ease of plant care. We’ve selected one plant to be the “go to” for first time houseplant owners who…
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Posted by Sarah on July 12th 2009 in
Perennial of the Week: Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) I tend to get excited about Russian Sage – after all, where can one find a perennial that gets up to four feet tall, features huge clusters of airy blue flowers, is super hardy to Minnesota, attracts butterflies, is drought tolerant and blooms from late June into fall? Perovskia is neither Russian nor a sage… Native to Afghanistan and Tibet, Russian Sage…
Posted by Sarah on June 29th 2009 in
Gardening at the Lake Low maintenance, winter hardy and deer resistant plants for cabin. Why not incorporate some easy maintenance beds to your favorite family get away?If you enjoy plants from a distance when on full retreat at the shoreline, take note of a few of my favorites. Cabin gardening can be even more rewarding than urban gardening at home. The key is to select low maintenance, winter hardy plants…
Posted by Sarah on June 2nd 2009 in
Caring for your tomato plants 1. Plant your tomatoes 12-24” apart, in rows if you are planning a large planting. 2. Plant in a sunny location as the tomato plants need as much light as possible to grow and fruit in our short season. 3. Water your tomato garden slowly and make sure to give the soil a good soaking, as there is little or no value in giving it…
Posted by Sarah on May 18th 2009 in
Caring for your favorite flowers, vegetables and trees is good for you too. It’s good for kids to get closer to nature—to know where their food comes from, and even participate in growing it. But gardening is good for us grown-ups too. A little fresh air, Vitamin D, and our hands in the dirt. It’s relaxing. And it’s rewarding to see the fruits of your labor literally grow over the…
Posted by Sarah on May 13th 2009 in
Little did I know I would discover the key to Italian cooking my first night in Italy…. …we found a small hole ristorante on one of the side streets in the San Spirito neighborhood of Florence. The place was everything we dreamt of Italy – red and white checkered tablecloths, cheap table wine and a dark, heavily mustached waiter whose ridiculously extreme moods ranged from unbridled anger to playful nonchalance…
Posted by Sarah on April 22nd 2009 in
Give your lawn the head start it needs! Grass seed germinates and grows the best when air temperatures are in the upper sixties-low seventies. New Lawns: Start with a quality topsoil spread to a depth of 2-3 inches and raked smooth. Seed your lawn area with a blend that is appropriate to the amount of sunlight the area receives Cover the seed with a thin layer (1/8”) of peat moss…