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Why Is My Bromeliad Plant Turning Brown & Looking Sick? There’s 1 Reason Which Stands Out.

Is your bromeliad plant turning brown & looking sad? There are many reasons why a houseplant turns brown but in the case of bromeliads, there's 1 that stands out. Here's what you can do.

I get asked “why is my bromeliad plant turning brown” and “why is my bromeliad looking sick” every now and then. It’s time to do a post which addresses these concerns because there’s 1 reason which stands out above the others. There are many things which can cause  houseplants (or plants in general) to turn… Read more

A Simple, Non-Traditional Pumpkin DIY In Natural Tones

Looking for a different way to decorate a pumpkin? Then check out this simple, unusual pumpkin DIY in natural/neutral tones. It's easy, there's no maintenance & it'll last for a few months.

Long gone is the time when you could only buy or grow pumpkins in orange.  These days they come in dark to light orange, white, green, blue-grey, peach, yellow, brown with smooth skin, warts, ribbed, and in all shapes and sizes. This brown one caught my eye because I’d never seen one before. It was… Read more

Transplanting My Dracaena Marginata With Its Cuttings

I inherited this plant & wanted to get it out of the large ceramic pot. Here's how I transplanted my Dracaena marginata along with a couple of its cuttings too.

Written By: Nell Foster When you move into a new house it’s nice to inherit something you really want instead of 35 cans of old paint, scraps of construction materials and a bunch of other junk. The previous owner left behind a plant that I liked and it was in pretty good shape to boot…. Read more

Halloween Front Porch Decorations Reused To Create A New Look Each Year

Welcome trick or treaters and guests with a frighteningly fun & welcoming entry. Here's how Halloween front porch decorations get reused to create a new look each year. We're sure you'll find lots of ideas!

Hold on to your witch’s hat because Halloween is coming your way!  And how better to welcome all the goblins on the eve of October 31st than to have a spooked up yet frighteningly fun and welcoming entry. Over the past 17 years I’ve been decorating the same Victorian house in the San Francisco Bay Area… Read more

Plant Pests: Fungus Gnats & Root (Soil) Mealybugs & How To Control Them

If you have plants, it's likely they'll get infested with some kind of pest. This is all about fungus gnats & root mealybugs, aka soil mealybugs, & how to control them without using pesticides.

Plants and pests go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you have the 1st, then the later will make an appearance at some time. I’m more familiar with and have seen these pests infesting houseplants more than plants in the landscape. What I’m talking about here is fungus gnats and root mealybugs (some call… Read more