Category: GARDENING JOURNAL

Featured Herb-Rosemary - grow it, cook with it and use it medicinally from katienormalgirl.com | #Cultivation

Rosemary, Part I: Cultivation

HERB PROFILE OF THE MONTH CULTIVATION  |  CULINARY  |  HERBALISM Rosemary is one of those fabulous herbs that is pungently fragrant and has a multitude of uses. It’s also very pretty to look at with tiny, thin leaves on sturdy woody stems, which makes some varieties great for shaping into tiny topiaries. Other varieties tend to stay low and stretch…

Gardening Journal: Killing Weed Seeds and Bugs in Compost

Ideally your compost pile will heat up enough during the decomposition process to kill most of the unwanted bugs and weed seeds that get into it. Sometimes this isn’t the case and you need a little extra help.  You have a couple of options, some are more harsh than others and you want to balance your desire to kill the…

Gardening Journal: How to Sterilize Clay Pots

Materials Needed: bleach or hydrogen peroxide, scrub brush, rubber gloves I have always loved the look of mold and calcium buildup on my terra cotta pots. Unfortunately that wonderful patina can mean unsanitary growing conditions for your potted plants.  Give your plants their best chance for growth by sterilizing your clay and terra cotta pots before you plant.  This easy process…

Completed Terrarium

Homemade: Fern Terrarium

Terrarium – a partially or wholly enclosed container, usually glass, used for growing and/or displaying plants. I have always been intrigued by terrariums.  They are a whole tiny world under glass, containing miniature displays, and nooks and crannies of entire eco-systems.  The man credited with discovering terrariums, Nathaniel Ward, accidentally created a terrarium during an experiment and the plants in…

Organic Pest and Fungus Control: Neem Oil

Organic Pesticide Profile: Neem Oil (click here to download this profile from my personal Gardening Guide) This is one of my favorite organic pest controls.  I learned about it several years ago and I’ve used it ever since, with great successes. I hope you find it useful too! Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the Neem Tree (Azadirachta…