Cottage Gardening: A Fascinating History

Lee Miller is a landscape designer and consultant, award winning garden blogger and author involved in the horticultural industry since 1996. Having started a gardening blog in 2010, she has written over 250 articles on general gardening, landscape design principles, gardening tips, planting, pruning, garden maintenance, feature plants and more. In addition, Lee Miller is the author of three books, A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, published in 2015, Landscape Design Combinations, published in 2017…

Gardening Activity Box – Getting Kids Back Outdoors and into Nature

If you’re the kind of parent or grandparent that laments the limited time kids spend out of doors these days, there are great learning toys to help change that. Kids gardening tools and garden activity sets are perfect for your child or grandchild who needs more time outside. These toys not only teach basic gardening and nature skills, they also help cultivate a sense of responsibility for growing plants. STEM-Focused…

Transforming Outdoor Spaces with Multi-Level Planters

We just bought a new house and, like every new homeowner, we’re excited to put our personal touch on what is already a gorgeous property. While the yard is minimally landscaped, I’m itching to dig in the dirt myself and I like to have plenty of color and easily accessible herbs right outside my back door. There is a beautiful stone deck but no adjacent landscaping, which leaves me an…

Philly’s urban farming plan could include hundreds, possibly thousands, of vacant lots

JESSICA GRIFFIN / FILE PHOTOGRAPH A group of Bhutanese refugees in South Philly cultivate a garden of Thai roselle, the fruit of which can be used to make a beverage. The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild recently reported an “overwhelming demand” for beginner classes for beekeeping. And in Grays Ferry, seniors and youth tend an 80-year-old community garden. Those are just a few examples of Philadelphia’s thriving urban farm and garden culture,…

Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way!

Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way! Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun tradition that’s been around for centuries. So, how did our ancestors make all of those bright colors back before commercial egg dyes were sold in stores every spring? They used natural Easter egg dye colors. Making Natural Easter Egg Dyes With Fruits and VeggiesMaking natural Easter egg dye colors out of fruits, vegetables, and other everyday items you…

Cram More Into Your City Vegetable Garden!

Photo by Getty Images/funky-data Make the most of your space by choosing quick growers like lettuce, radishes or beets instead, vegetables that offer high yields or repeat harvests such as zucchini or chard, or high-value herbs. Space-saving forms of fruits such as cordon or step-over forms of apple and pear, cane fruits such as raspberry and, of course, compact strawberries are all wise choices for small gardens. Efficient Plant Spacing…

It might be time to let your garden grow wild

Think of a formal yard or garden, and you likely envision rows of neatly trimmed bushes along with meandering walkways and sitting areas. Homeowners spend a ton of money, time and resources in an attempt to recreate that image. But another equally beautiful option for your home is a wild garden. What is a wild garden? A wild garden can carry a variety of definitions. For some, it means limiting…

Bluestone Perennials $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Find the Perfect Fit for Your Garden! This weekend (April 12-14, 2019), enter to win a $100 gift certificate to Bluestone Perennials. Create the perfect spring garden with Bluestone Perennials. Bluestone Perennials has a plant for every garden need. With plants arranged into easy to browse categories, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit or solution for your garden. Founded in 1972, Bluestone Perennials is a family owned and…

Watering A Lawn The Right (And Dry) Way

Somewhere in the catacombs of America’s Funniest Home Video vaults there must be numerous reels of homeowners getting soaked as they move and adjust the sprinklers on their lawns while unsuccessfully ducking and running from their backyard Niagara Falls. [Insert laugh track here.] Well, I guess the joke’s on me because I’ve been waterlogged by my sprinkler many times doing this very thing and, trust me, it’s not at all…

PlantSwatch™ – Gardening by Color and Zone Has Never Been Easier

Most people are familiar with those colorful paint swatches available for choosing that perfect shade of color for your home – be the kitchen, the bedroom, or outdoor shed. But what if you could just as easily choose the best colors for the garden in a similar way? You can, and PlantSwatch™ is the answer! What is PlantSwatch™? PlantSwatch™ is just like a paint swatch but deigned for choosing garden…