Pests

Posted by on September 10, 2014

If you find fall webworms in your trees — hickory, walnut, birch, cherry and crabapple, to name a few — pull them out and dump the caterpillars into a bucket of soapy water. This is a good control measure for those nests within reach. For those nests that aren’t within reach, you may have to […]



Cool Flowers Book Review

Posted by on September 26, 2014

Cool Flowers

There are times I do the goofiest things, like choosing to read a book based on its cover. Cool Flowers (2014 St. Lynn’s Press) piqued my interest because, well, I thought it was about cool flowers. So many flowers came to mind–cosmos, daffodils, orchids, even peach, plum, and flowers from a pear tree. Then I started to […]


Gardening Tricks That Work: Silo Shed

Posted by on September 9, 2014

garden silo shed

As I travel for work scouting, styling, and writing about gardens for books and magazines, I come across many great and useful tips and tricks I learn from other gardeners. Not every detail of these great gardens make it in a story, so this column on my blog, Gardening With Confidence, is a place for […]


Plants With Benefits: Tomato Harvest

Posted by on September 2, 2014

Brie's tomato harvest

By now you should know that tomatoes are a plant with benefits…but did you also know that eating cooked tomatoes is said to act as a kind of internal sunscreen? According to researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, eating cooked tomatoes may  help block UV rays. But eating tomatoes is only a […]