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Build a Sun-Themed Garden Gate

Photo by Paulette Johnson/Fox Hill PhotoYou may already have a fairly robust and critter-proof gate for your garden fence. That’s great for protecting the garden, but utility gates aren’t necessarily decorative. Happily, you can add an accent gate inside the garden that’s a little more ...

Recommended Air Plants

Photo from Creative TerrariumsTillandsia xerographica (1)This “queen of tillandsias,” as she is more commonly called, lives in the arid deserts of southern Mexico and Central America. In her native desert she drinks in the morning dew, so an occasional morning misting is a welcome treat. ...

Getting Started: Air Plants

Photo from Creative TerrariumsTillandsias, or “air plants” as they are more commonly called, belong to the Bromeliaceae (bromeliads) family. With over 500 distinct species, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Tillandsias are native to the forests, deserts, and ...

Succulent Propagation: Off with Their Heads!

Photo from Shutterstock Sometimes in spite of our best efforts, terrarium plants will begin to get stretched out, or “leggy.” The scientific name for this is etiolation. This is most common in succulents and happens when they lack proper sunlight. In a last-ditch effort to get more ...

Tips on How to Use Seed Tape

I recently wrote a step-by-step guide on How to Make Seed Tape – a task that can be done in the depths of winter, saving you much needed time when the gardening season really takes off and you have a mountain of chores to do.When you are ready to sow, it’s a simple process – in a ...

How to Make Seed Tape – Step-by-Step

I first learned how to make seed tape several years ago when I was looking for a better way to sow carrot seed. Sprinkling those seeds onto the soil evenly was practically impossible. More often than not, I would end up with dozens of seedlings coming up in one spot, followed by several inches ...

DIY Home Apothecary

Living in a small home and having a lack of space for essentials is a challenge. It requires creativity and proper planning on our part to maximize functionality and to make sure no space is being wasted. I had been growing, harvesting, and drying a large amount of herbs from my garden and I ...

7 Reasons You Should Teach Gardening

I didn’t really want to teach gardening at first. But I did want to make a difference in the world and I wanted more local food. I could grow food for other people, or I could teach them to grow it themselves. Ultimately, teaching made the biggest difference, and despite my reluctance to put ...

Green Thumb

My mother has a green thumb. The greenest thumb I’ve ever seen, in fact. Others bring her dying—no, dead—plants, parched, brown and hopeless, and a week later the plants are green and blooming and have overtaken whatever patch of dirt or pot they have been allotted. In her kitchen ...

Mother Earth Gardener

Expert advice on all aspects of growing.