Category Archive: Garden Hacks

Add a Bottle Tree

Posted by on January 13, 2015

bottle tree

Ever notice how some gardeners just seem to garden with ease, with not a care in the world? Their garden grows well – better than yours, in fact, despite all your efforts.  One question: Do you have a bottle tree? Bottle trees are the ultimate accent to gardening with confidence.  Think about it, a bottle […]

Christmas Tree Afterlife Will Delight Wildlife

Posted by on December 27, 2014

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After Christmas, when your tree has served a charming tradition, your tree can have an afterlife as protection for the wildlife. HANGING TWEET TREATS Here, at Helen’s Haven, we put our tree in the Mixed Border to go form hanging glitzy ornaments inside to tweet treats outside. Making Tweet Treats: Gather the kids, birdseed, cranberries, […]

Decoding Botanical Latin

Posted by on December 20, 2014


Botanical Latin for many home gardeners can seem overwhelming, and indeed at times the system seems to have overwhelmed the keepers of the flame. But if you break down each aspect of the Latin name–each string of words to describe the plant–the language makes sense even for us non-botanist. The botanical Latin that scientists use […]

Here’s a gardening trick that works: number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas tree

Posted by on December 18, 2014

Christmas tree lights

As Gardening With Confidence begins our busy season decorating clients’ homes and offices for Christmas, we find we answer the same questions often: About how many lights and ornaments do I need for my tree? Here’s a gardening trick that works: 100 miniature lights per foot of tree 15 ornaments per foot of tree 10 […]

Backyard Wildlife: Leave winter habitats for animals

Posted by on October 30, 2014

Helen Yoest

As the saying goes, If you build it, they will come, this is true for baseball, wildlife habitats, and the media it attracts. Recently, my garden, Helen’s Haven, was the featured story in the News & Observer, October 25, 2014. For the last 17 years, I have been building a safe haven for the birds, bees, and […]