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Companion Herbs and Flowers

Basil is a wonderful companion to tomatoes.

I’d like to take some time to tell you about the basic companion planting tips that I’ve found to be very beneficial. I read once that growing basil next to your tomatoes makes the tomatoes more flavorful. I don’t know if this is really true, but they […]

Buying Seedlings

Shopping for vegetable seedlings can be confusing. Just with tomato plants alone there are many varieties and types of seedlings. Going to the local home store’s huge nursery can be a fun trip if you know what you’re going to plant. The problem is, they may not have what you want to plant. But […]

Plant Placement

The biggest challenge I faced as a new gardener was how to place the plants in my beds so each would thrive. The seed packets were helpful for the plantlets that I started from seed, as they usually give the height that the plant will grow as well as well as how far apart […]

Neem Oil

Isn’t this lovely cabbage? I just posted it because it’s pretty. It has nothing to do with neem oil.

There is one organic pesticide/fungicide that I don’t hesitate to use: neem oil. Most garden centers carry it. It’s the oil from the Neem tree, and diluted with water […]

Basil – Easy to Grow

My brother Bob gave me a great idea a few weeks ago when he suggested I do a page on Dill. I thought: why not do a series of herbs growing tips and recipes. This is the second installment in my herbs articles.

Basil. Only God could make something this beautiful, wonderfully […]

Hey, Dilly Dilly

I grew this Mammoth Dill from Burpee a couple of times. It lives up to its name, too, growing easily 4′ high. One plant, grown to maturity, put out about 30 big flowers, and after cutting the dill all season long, even harvesting whole flowers at times, I still harvested over a cup full of […]

Make Your Garden Attractive – to Beneficials

The first year I grew my garden, I started lots of sunflowers, zinnias and marigold varieties from seed. I happily scattered them throughout the garden, and suddenly my vegetable beds were alive with beautiful blooms. Along with the blossoms came lots of unexpected guests from the insect world. This, I found out, was a very […]

Bugs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good

Anyone who gardens knows that insects are a part of the deal. I used to shudder and jump if an insect landed on me out there; now they don’t bother me at all. Like the lizards, they hop on, hop off. Most people assume that all insects in the garden are destructive, […]