Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013


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 […]

Partying With A Propagator: Building The Propagation Party House

Posted by on August 21, 2014

Party Prop House

My 2014/2015 growing season is all about propagating…my journey into sowing, cuttings, divisions, and turning the Love Shack at Helen’s Haven into the Propagation Party House. ~Helen Yoest   Greenhouses seem like the ultimate luxury, one that I never felt worthy of or that I could do justice. I’m still not convinced that I can […]

August garden maintenance for the southeast

Posted by on August 4, 2014


Harvest vegetable gardens as needed. Most of what you have growing in your vegetable garden are annuals. By August, they are looking a little wrung out. As plants end their production cycle, remove them from the garden; otherwise, they may attract insects and disease to the plants that are still productive. Deadhead flowers. Keep your […]

It’s trampoline season in Helen’s Haven

Posted by on July 31, 2014

And here she sits waiting for someone to play with her.

Typically, when I write about a season, it usually revolves around a flower or fruit–peony season, iris season, tomato season–but lately my seasons have been around my kids. I’ve entered trampoline season. Unlike a flower or fruit season, these kid seasons tend to be long. So, because of that, I try to tough it out […]