Water in well

Posted by on December 17, 2014

If you know there is a heavy frost coming, water your plants thoroughly. Well-watered plants withstand frost better.  



Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013

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Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Soil with a pH level below 7 is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic it is. Acidic soil is also referred to as sour soil.     Alkaline soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 […]


Plants With Benefits: Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Posted by on December 9, 2014

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Avocados are an aphrodisiac, so yes, they were a chapter in my newest book, Plants with Benefits. Avocado is a must have plant…with benefits! My book has me exploring ways to cook with benefit plants–an excuse to play around in the kitchen. I love avocado. I love pasta (and so do the kids.) So why not […]


Garden Talent: Herald Winter With Pine Knot Farm Hellebores

Posted by on December 8, 2014

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Before the wisteria blooms and daffodils begin their spring-time dance, and before the tulips turn your head, hellebores will begin a celebration in the garden as the harbinger of late winter. Nestled in a woodland setting in Clarksville, VA, near the North Carolina border, is Pine Knot Farms, a 60-acre parcel, with 5 acres as […]


The Overachiever Gardener’s Dream–Cheddar

Posted by on December 2, 2014

Over achiever gardener's dream state

  Dream 1 – Cheddar The back story… In my own way, I’m an overachiever but when compared to other overachievers, I’m merely above average, especially when compared against Cheddar. Cheddar and I have been friends for about five years. I’ve seen her work in landscape designs she did, and I’ve written stories about her […]


Digging Deep with Fran Sorin: 10th Anniversary Edition Cyber Book Party and #Giveaways

Posted by on December 2, 2014

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CLOSED A good cyber friend of mine, Fran Sorin, who blogs at Gardening Gone Wild  among some other amazing gardening talents, is hosting a BIG giveaway. I’ve never met Fran in person, but we ‘ve been internet friends for years. Yes, years! One day I hope to meet Fran in person. I love everything she […]