How to Make an Outdoor Hanging Day Bed

hanging  bed.JPG An outdoor hanging daybed is a great place to take a nap, read a book, or even spend a night under the stars. More »

What My Dead Peas Taught Me

iStock_000009310575XSmall.jpg Luckily, despite my huge miscalculations with my peas, I will still have a chance at success. More »

Growing Ginger

5.jpg By Mary Frucelli I heard you can grow your own ginger from a piece of supermarket ginger so I decided to give it a try. When purchasing ginger you need to look for a piece that has fresh buds on... More »

Expert Tips: Gardening Made Simple

Hearty Tomatoes .JPG By Diana MackieWith all that you juggle during the week, it might seem impossible to add "manage a vegetable garden" to the list. However, if you follow these efficient tips and tricks from the gardening pros at, you'll find... More »

Christmas Tree Hunting 101

how-to-choose-a-christmas-tree-10643.jpg Having a Christmas tree is a holiday tradition. Before you head out this season in search of the perfect tree for your family, here are the basics on the various types available. Happy tree hunting! More »

Poinsettia Care

100_0925.jpg By Mary FrucelliEvery winter season I enjoy seeing the Poinsettias in stores. Their vivid colors brighten our homes in the cold weather. They are one of the few winter plants you can purchase this time of the year. Poinsettias are... More »

Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks

Angry-pumpkin-with-big-teeth-9715.jpg Nothing says it's Halloween like a carved pumpkin glowing in the dark. Whether you're a novice pumpkin-carver or a seasoned pro, here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to spark your creativity and ensure a gorgeous creation, while making... More »

The Indoor Garden: Let There Be Lights

Outwit Mother Nature all year long. More »

The Multi-Vitamin Veggie: Kale

iStock_000005271280XSmall.jpg Easy to grow and good for you - add kale to your garden. More »

Growing Cabbage in the Fall

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Growing Lemon Trees Indoors: 7 Basic Tips

Growing lemon trees indoors is popular in many parts of the country. By keeping the trees indoors, they More »

Fall is the Time for Hardy Mums

100_0890.jpg By Mary Frucelli I could not resist the beautiful Hardy Mums at my local store. They are only ninety six cents each and the colors are vivid and very appealing this time of the year. Displayed in shades of yellow,... More »

Feeding Wild Friends

100_0910.jpg By Mary Frucelli December is such a busy month. Most of us are preoccupied buying gifts and making arrangements for the holidays. In North Carolina the weather can be very fickle. One day it is 70 degrees and the next... More »

Growing Winter Vegetables

Winter-Vegetables-656.jpg By Murray AndersonWhen the trees start turning color, gardening season isn't over for the year. You can actually grow and harvest vegetables at least into the beginning of winter (even if you don't live in the South). If the idea... More »

Making a Painted Gourd for Thanksgiving

A painted gourd makes a unique decoration piece for the Thanksgiving season. Gourds are made from the dried fruit from cucurbitacae plants. The plants produce hard rinds fruit, making gourds the perfect surface for painting decoration and displaying for... More »

Decorate Your Pumpkins Without Scaring the Kids

Halloween-pumpkins-SIZED-608.jpg Halloween Jack-o-lanterns are traditionally carved with a scary face or for the more skilled carvers Halloween cats or witches. However, some younger children can be frightened by the scary images and if the kids are scared, Halloween isn't fun... More »

Pest Wars, Part 2 - Tomato Hornworms

People ask me about pests and which ones I think are the worst. In a series of articles, I am listing my top 3. More »

Recognizing and Managing Powdery Mildew on Pumpkins

By Sarah Mooney My pumpkin plants, once rapidly growing across my yard at an alarming rate, are sick and shriveling. After educating myself on the potential threat downy mildew posed to my impatiens, I have kept my eyes peeled for... More »

Yard and Garden Ideas for August

100_0840.jpg By Mary Frucelli August is the time for endings and new beginnings in my garden and yard. My tomato plants are showing signs of stress, turning brown and not pumping out as much fruit as a month ago. My cherry... More »

Pest Wars, Part 1 - Squash Bugs

iStock_000003425174XSmall.jpg By Orion Darkwood People ask me about pests and which ones I think are the worst. Over the next couple of articles I will list my top 3. Number 1 is the Squash Bug or orange-tipped leaf-footed bug. They are... More »

Plants to Keep Summer Bugs Away

iStock_000006386396XSmall.jpg A few strategically placed plants around your outdoor living space will not only drive pesky bugs away but will also beautify your yard. More »

Inexpensive Perennials for Long Lasting Beauty

100_0800.jpg By Mary Frucelli I have frugal tendencies and want to get the most for my money and in turn, the longest lasting plants I can find. My search led me to perennials, which are plants you can grow from seeds... More »

Worms - a Gardener's Best Friend

iStock_000007911356Small.jpg Understanding the nature of worms can help us harness their utility for the best outcomes in and above the soil. More »

A Basic Look at Permaculture

iStock_000008188094XSmall.jpg A sustainable garden system makes use of a plant's natural tendencies More »

Growing Herbs is Easy and Healthy

By Mary Frucelli I honestly don't know why I never thought of growing my own fresh herbs. Was I too busy? Did I think it would be too difficult? I guess I was so accustomed to using dried herbs that... More »