too late for tomatoes?
why garden in summer

garden, vegetable

Got a green garden in your yard? Or maybe you’re a container gardener. Either way, July is a perfect time to start planning your plantings to keep your kitchen full of fresh and yummy things right up to fall. A lot will depend on what region you’re in, but in July, early spring crops have come and gone and you might be looking at some bare dirt. There are some fast-growing, heat tolerant veggies that may surprise you.  Continue reading

growing small…
creative ideas for gardens in tiny spaces

vertical garden

Start talking garden and most of us picture lush expanses of greenery, or maybe row upon row of planted vegetables. But what if you don’t have a big yard? Or your only outdoor space is a tiny balcony? Or there’s that awkward piece of dirt next to the driveway or garage. Whatever the reason, square footage doesn’t a garden make. Really, a garden is what you make it, and you can make it almost anywhere there’s enough sunlight to grow things. All you need is a little dirt, some organic seeds or plants, a way to water and a lot of creativity. The Urban Organic Gardener has an entire blog on managing a thriving vegetable garden – on a NYC fire escape! Continue reading

what’s the buzz…
inviting hummingbirds for a visit

HummingbirdThe first hummingbirds have already been spotted in southern states; it’s time to hang out our feeders to invite the tiny avian powerhouses into your yard for another year. Hummingbirds aren’t just a pretty face in the garden, they play a vital part in pollination and they have a voracious appetite, and it’s not just for nectar. They also happen to eat tiny bugs like ants, aphids, mosquitoes, gnats, whiteflies, and small beetles (another reason to not use pesticide in your garden!) The bugs actually account for about a third of their diet. So, how can you attract more of these fabulous fliers? Hummers don’t have a sense of smell, so it’s all about practicality and pretty with them.

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the monarchs are coming…
building a butterfly way station

Monarchs Spring 2013

It happens every year right about this time. As winter comes to an end and the days get warmer and longer, the monarch butterflies begin to head north, looking for milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs before they die. As spring continues, the eggs will hatch, and eventually the caterpillars will metamorphose into the beautiful orange and black adults. These offspring will recolonize their parents’ original homes, and they’ll produce another generation of summer butterflies. Continue reading