Home & Garden: Rain Barrel Guide

Rain Barrel Guide

A rain barrel or system of multiple barrels is an excellent way to collect rainwater that can be used to water plants. Products are made specifically for this purpose, but you can also rig up a rain barrel yourself.

Home & Garden: Do You Have to Prune Your Tomato Plants?

Do You Have to Prune Your Tomato Plants?

You do not have to prune your tomato plants to get a good crop of tomatoes. Side shoots grow out between the main stem and the branches of a tomato plant. If you prune them, the plant's energy will be directed to the remaining branches.

Home & Garden: How to Plant Ostrich Plume Ferns

How to Plant Ostrich Plume Ferns

Matteuccia struthiopteris is also known as the ostrich fern or shuttlecock fern. The fern gets its name from its vertically growing feathers, which grow in clusters that resemble a shuttlecock or ostrich tail in shape. Ostrich ferns are often planted as ornamental ferns. They will grow in partial or

Home & Garden: Define Fruit & Veggies

Define Fruit & Veggies

According to the Webster dictionary, a fruit is the edible, pulpy part of a plant that has seeds. A vegetable is anything made from plants with an edible stem, root and leaves.

Home & Garden: Inexpensive Materials to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed

Inexpensive Materials to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed

Rocks make natural borders for raised beds.garden rock border image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.comPerfectly manicured raised beds built from prefab kits may look like a million dollars, but they don't increase the value of your vegetables. Save yourself some money, or better yet, put that...

Home & Garden: How to Prune Anacharis

How to Prune Anacharis

Anarchis is a species of freshwater submerged aquatic plant also known as Elodea or Waterweed. It is used in ponds and aquariums to make habitats or for decorative purposes. It can also become naturalized in bodies of water. While appreciated where placed or wanted it can be considered a noxious wee

Home & Garden: Bringing The Outside to Life With Garden Decor

Bringing The Outside to Life With Garden Decor

I enjoy the outdoors and watching the changes as we go through the seasons. If you enjoy gardening, it helps to relax you and you can help the environment by adding flowers to attract birds, bees and butterflies. You can also enjoy the view you have created, as you take time to relax!

Home & Garden: African Violets Are Great House Plants

African Violets Are Great House Plants

African violets are very popular flowering house plants because if kept in the right conditions they will bloom nearly all year long. They come in many colors and can make a beautiful window sill display or a perfect dinner table centerpiece.

Home & Garden: Gardening by the Phases of the Moon

Gardening by the Phases of the Moon

An early winter walk with the dog this morning gave me a wonderful sight of a full moon, large and luminous in the early morning sky. It got me thinking about the superstition and folklore surrounding the practice of moon phase gardening. In recent years there has been renewed interest in gardening

Home & Garden: I Don' t Give Her Flowers Any Longer

I Don' t Give Her Flowers Any Longer

If you want to grow your own flower garden, let me share my journey from planting the first seeds to picking that first beautiful bouquet.

Home & Garden: Window Planters - Setting Your Home at Its Best

Window Planters - Setting Your Home at Its Best

Giving life and beauty inside and out of your home can be as easy as putting in it some decorative features like window planters. Window planters are a great way to set your home in its full elegance. They accentuate natural beauty and color to any place of your home. They can actually be built and

Home & Garden: History Of The Strawberry And The Strawberry Tree

History Of The Strawberry And The Strawberry Tree

It is difficult to trace the ancient history of the strawberry plant or strawberry tree, because there are so many different, complex, undefined species, and they have evolved in so many different places and countries.Pliny described the strawberry tree, Arbutus in his early writings of the Roman cu

Home & Garden: How to Plant Boxwood

How to Plant Boxwood

There are many species of boxwood as well as over 100 cultivars. The American boxwood, or Buxus sempervirens, is the most common boxwood in the United States, although it originated in Europe. Boxwood are popular with landscapers as ornamental plants and hedges. They grow in many different shapes an

Home & Garden: How to Make a PVC Pipe Greenhouse

How to Make a PVC Pipe Greenhouse

Greenhouses as we know them have been around since the Italian botanical gardens were built at the Vatican in the 13th century to preserve tropical plants. These early greenhouses were expensive to build and heat. They were structures that only the very wealthy could enjoy. Today, thanks to light