• Nifty Food & Plants To Grow Indoors {May Surprise You}

    Nifty Food & Plants To Grow Indoors {May Surprise You} If you don’t have any yard space or you live in a climate with a short season, you can still exercise your green thumb indoors with these ideas…a few will even produce fresh produce too! You’ll find tips for assorted…

  • Easter Lily Care & Advice For Transplanting Outdoors

    Easter Lily Care & Advice For Transplanting Outdoors Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are beautiful with their white trumpet flowers and are traditionally given as gifts or purchased for decoration during the holiday season. This year don’t toss it away after the blooms are gone–try transplanting it in your…

  • Getting The Best From Your Christmas Cactus

    Getting The Best From Your Christmas Cactus Looking for something a little different this year to brighten up the home over the holidays? Why not try a Christmas Cactus, it begins blooming right before the big day (hence it’s name) and the flowers are really quite vibrant…

  • How To Multiply & Prolong Your Christmas Poinsettia

    How To Multiply & Prolong Your Christmas Poinsettia Thousands of homemakers received poinsettias this Christmas. These are so fitting as holiday home decorations but sometimes become a problem after Christmas when blooming ends and many times they are thrown out. If you love filling your home with them…

  • A Taste Of Spring: Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms

    A Taste Of Spring: Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms Imagine the dreary months of January and February…dull, bleak, windy…brrrr. Here’s a lovely way to add a touch of Spring inside the home: Prepare bulbs ahead of time to bloom indoors during these cold, snowy months. It’s easy to do…

  • Looking For Something To Perk Up Your Office? Try Lucky Bamboo

    Looking For Something To Perk Up Your Office? Try Lucky Bamboo How would you like a nice green plant thriving in that dim & colorless office of yours or how about adding a touch of modern to your home decor? Here’s a popular option that even the most beginner of green…

  • Bury The Pit In Soil & Voila! An Avocado Tree

    Bury The Pit In Soil & Voila! An Avocado Tree You can make some pretty tasty dishes with an avocado but did you know that you can grow a tree from it too? It probably won’t produce any fruit, but it is a nice addition to your home plant life.…

  • Flowering Tree Branches Indoors: {Neat To Know}

    Flowering Tree Branches Indoors: {Neat To Know} Want to bring springtime in a little earlier this year? Visit your flowering shrubs or trees some warm day late this month (January), and take a few branches. With very little trouble you can force many of them to bloom…

  • Here’s A Houseplant That Is A Great Starter For Beginners

    Here’s A Houseplant That Is A Great Starter For Beginners The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is a succulent and is one of the easiest to grow options–it can live for decades with the proper care (or maybe neglect is a better word). A native of South Africa, it grows naturally…

  • Potted Indoors: A Lush & Fast Growth Option

    Potted Indoors: A Lush & Fast Growth Option Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) have long been popular because they’re so easy to keep going (both inside and outdoors). If you’re looking for a lush, fast growing houseplant that’s fuss-free, this one’s for you. Here are a few tips to…

  • No Green Thumb? Tips For Houseplants

    No Green Thumb? Tips For Houseplants Lack of humidity is one of the biggest problems for indoor plants, particularly during winter when heating systems dry air to desert conditions. To raise the humidity, set them on trays or pans filled with gravel and water. Keep the…

  • How To Sterilize Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes

    How To Sterilize Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes Potting soil is sterilized to give your plants the best environment possible by killing weed seeds or disease organisms that might be lingering in the soil. Most commercial products have already done this but if you want to use that…

  • Potent Sprays & More For Fighting Gnats

    Potent Sprays & More For Fighting Gnats Fungus gnats are small dark flies (about 1/8″ in size) that look similar to mosquitoes and are often confused with fruit flies. They thrive in humid environments and breed in the damp soil of potted plants. The larvae is what…

  • Old-Time Tips For Garden Tenderfeet

    Old-Time Tips For Garden Tenderfeet These snippets of advice come from a household booklet published in 1947 and features suggestions given for handling plants, cut flowers and other related topics. *Updated: I moved two more pages here for one lengthy sheet of vintage notes. What…

  • How To Pot A Plant & When To Repot It

    How To Pot A Plant & When To Repot It Start with clean, scrubbed pots–preferably sterilized–for better success. Coarse steel wool or metal scouring pads clean them in a jiffy. Here’s how: Most harmful organisms can be killed by placing a stack of pots on a cloth under the hot-water…

  • African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagation & More

    African Violets: Tips For Feeding, Propagation & More The wide assortment of colors, flower forms, and foliage to be found in African violets has made them popular to collect. Propagating them has become a fascinating and absorbing hobby that’s easy to manage. Today’s beautiful flowers must be seen…

  • Helpful Notes For The Medicine Plant Aloe Vera

    Helpful Notes For The Medicine Plant Aloe Vera When Buying: This plant usually grows slowly when inside–purchase a large, more mature one if possible. If a young one is your only option, you can still use it for first aid treatments but know it will take a few…

  • Green Thumb Budget Helper: Work With Stem Cuttings

    Green Thumb Budget Helper: Work With Stem Cuttings One thing I’ve noticed over the years while puttering around the garden and trying my hand at making houseplants flourish…is this: Buying new plants is getting to be pretty pricey! It’s just not as economical as it used to be.…