DIY Holiday Wreath Decorating Video Tutorial

 

Check out our newest DIY video on wreath decorating! It’s easy to turn a plain wreath into a gorgeous holiday display piece!

DIY Holiday Wreath:

You’ll need:

1 Fresh Mixed Greens Wreath
Ornaments, bells or other holiday decor
Ribbon (3.5-2.5 yards)
wire
wire cutters
hot glue
scissors
ruler

Lay your wreath flat on a table and begin to set […]

December Gardening Tips

Holiday Trees Nothing enhances a festive mood like the scent of fresh evergreens. Follow these tips to make the most of your holiday greenery:

Choose a Christmas tree that has firm needles that don’t fall from branches when handling the tree. Individual needles should bend rather than snap if you pinch them between your fingers. Also, inspect the stump; the cut end of a fresher tree will be moist and may have some sticky sap on it yet.
When you get the tree home, cut 2 inches off the base of the trunk. Plunge the freshly cut stump into a bucket of water. Trees can absorb 1 gallon of water in the first 24 hours. Check the water level in your tree stand twice a day for the first week. Add water as needed. Each day, trees can drink roughly 1 quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
If your tree dries out, the wound likely healed over and stopped absorbing water. Make a fresh cut on the stump and it can absorb water again. […]

Spooky Stocking Pumpkin Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how to create your own decorative stocking pumpkin. This is an easy and inexpensive way to decorated for the Fall season. You can decorate approximately 5-6 pumpkins from one pair of stockings if you use a small 6″ diameter pumpkin.

 

What you’ll need:

Patterned black stockings – Large or one-size-fits-all
6” pumpkin […]

Maidenhair Fern Terrarium

Today, it seems like everyone is making their own terrarium. From DIY Mason Jar terrariums, to elaborate Wardian cases, this garden trend is sweeping the nation as homeowners fall in love with these miniature worlds under glass. Terrarium hobbyists find that they can cultivate plants in terrariums that would otherwise have trouble growing in a […]

How to Trim a Hydrangea in the Spring

Be careful when trimming your hydrangea bush! This tutorial shows you how to trim the winter die back off hydrangeas without losing this year’s blooms.

 

Flowers with Vegetables

The original idea of mixing vegetables and flowers was based not in prettiness, but in pest control.

The following are commonly used for this purpose and the petals of the Nasturtiums and Calendula also make a colorful & tasty addition to salads!  […]

Tips for Annual Selection & Care

Choose Well

To ensure attractive healthy annuals all season, choose full, well branched plants with good foliage color and – on flowering annuals – an abundance of buds. Don’t go for the biggest plants or most open blooms, these are more likely to be leggy and burned out too soon. If the latter is all you find, you can improve their appearance and longevity by pruning them back by about one third to encourage branching and fresh growth. […]

Lighten Up! Brightening and enlivening the shade garden

Hosta and ferns are standards for the perennial shade garden. They have similar growing condition requirements and the contrast of fine-textured fronds and broad Hosta leaves does bring dimension and quiet contrast. All well and good for a supremely serene retreat, but what if you’d like to energize your shadowy shade realm a bit? […]

Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Pruning of trees and shrubs can help them stay within a certain size limit to fit the confines and aesthetics of a garden space. More importantly, pruning encourages fuller plants – thus more foliage for photosynthesis, more blooms to attract pollinators, more fruits for you and any creatures you share them with. […]

Plants to Celebrate Spring’s Return

Late winter into early spring is when we crave fresh growth, a bit of color…some sign that spring is really returning!! Swelling buds on Pussy Willow and dainty Snowdrop blooms – which might be overlooked or scoffed at if amongst the lushness of summer plant life – bring excitement, praise and hope! These are soon followed […]