Gardening Know How Giveaway: Win a $100 Baker’s Creek Gift Certificate!

To date, Gardening Know How has answered over 50,000 direct questions about gardening and over 80 million people come to visit the site every year. That is a lot of gardeners and gardens that have been helped by the friendly staff here at Gardening Know How and we felt this was a cause for celebration.  And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway and with a seed giveaway…

How Urine Can Replace Synthetic Fertilizer

“The nitrogen used in commercial fertilizers is synthesized in a process fueled by natural gas, a fossil fuel, which now is increasingly derived using the controversial practice of fracking. The phosphorus comes from the mined rock phosphate, a non-renewable resource. High-quality reserves are gradually and steadily being depleted. Rich Earth says along with “peak oil,” we’re now entering a period of “peak phosphorus.” The potash that’s being mined for potassium…

Smokey’s Garden Gift Certificate Giveaway

Daylilies are one of the most popular perennials in any flower garden, and it’s easy to see why.   They are beautiful, low maintenance and high reward.  This week (April 9 – April 11, 2018), enter to win a Smokey’s Gardens gift certificate and fill your flower garden with daylilies!  Two winners will score a $100 gift certificate and five winners will be awarded a $25 gift certificate!   Smokey’s Gardens is…

Top 10 Plants For Bees

Bees play a vital role in the environment, and you can help them out by planting a diverse variety of bee-friendly plants to attract a variety of bees throughout the season. A few quick tips: Bees are attracted to color, especially violet, purple, yellow, blue and white. Single flowers generally produce more nectar than double blooms and are easier for bees to reach inside. Choose local native plants as often…

Spiral Shaped Beehives Mystify Scientists [Video]

“Scientists baffled by the mysterious spiral-shaped fortresses of curious species of “stingless” bees in Australia.”“The spiral hives have only one entrance protected by a mix of beeswax and propolis to kill any outside germs and guardian bees to kill any intruders. Any invaders that do make it through are “mummified” in mud and soil, Heard tells National Geographic.” Not only do Australia’ Sugar Bag Bees, not sting, they are brilliant…

Power Planter Homeowner Starter Pack Giveaway

With Power Planter augers, just drill, plant, and backfill to kick-start plant growth. It’s so easy! During this weekend’s giveaway (4/6 – 4/8/18), enter to win one of five Power Planter Plant Auger Starter Packs.  These starter packs help homeowners complete almost any planting or digging project more efficiently, regardless of soil composition.  Each starter pack includes the following:  Garden Planting Auger & Grass Plug Tool (2 in. x 7 in.)…

10 Cauliflower Smoothies You Won’t Regret Trying!

We’ve gone crazy over these super healthy shakes/smoothies that all have1 SECRET INGREDIENT in common, Cauliflower! Here’s a collection of our favorite Cauliflower Smoothie Recipes that we know you won’t regret trying. 1. Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie via Eating Bird Food “A chocolate cauliflower smoothie made malty with maca powder! The frozen cauliflower makes the smoothie thick and creamy without any added sugar or fruit.” [Get this recipe] 2. Creamy Cauliflower Coconut…

What’s the Buzz? Adventures in Beekeeping!

Tina Huckabee (Bee Mama) and her husband, Steven Weintraub (Bee Daddy) share beekeeping duties in Austin, Texas.  They adore their honeybees, as well as the other wild critters who live in and visit their garden, full-to-bursting with native-to-Texas plants.  It’s been a blast observing and learning about the honeybees, as well as native bees, birds, and other assorted wildlife.   Tina writes about their honeybee adventures and other garden things at …

The Trash Can Compost Bin

By Chris Molnar, avid organic gardener and compost tea server. He operates a garden business at Catesgarden.com and is in competition with his Italian mother-in-law to grow the best tomatoes (she usually wins!) We all want to be greener, healthier and wiser, but we don’t have to break the bank to do it. Here’s my garbage can composter. It’s simple, chic and wallet friendly, not to mention, a good family…

Exploring the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens

Winter in the Midwest can be depressing and drive gardeners to go stir crazy with anticipation to get back out into the garden. Living in Southern Wisconsin, one method I found to combat the winter blues is to visit indoor garden centers or conservatories. Unfortunately, indoor gardens are not very common. However, located just about 70 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin and 85 miles northeast of Chicago, Illinois is a…