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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spider Plants: Easy Care & Durable As Can Be

Spider Plants are the unruly wild child of the houseplant world.Those long stems, with babies and flowers at the ends, just spray out any which way they want to! These hanging plants, with fleshy rhizomatic roots, need a bit of room to show off their arching displays. Spider Plants are one of the most easy care houseplants around, are tolerant of a... Read more

My Favorite Soil Amendment: Worm Castings

Earthworm castings (aka worm manure) are a great way to naturally condition the soil.We take vitamins, minerals, pills, powders and liquids to boost our health. Even though I eat copious amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables every day (thank you Santa Barbara Farmers Market!) along with grains, beans, nuts, etc, I still take a... Read more

Kalanchoe Care As A Houseplant & In The Garden

Oh, how I love succulents! And, a succulent with lots of long-lasting flowers is just the cat's meow. Enter the popular Kalanchoe blossfeldiana which is most commonly sold as a houseplant but here in Santa Barbara (USDA zone 10) mine enjoy the great outdoors year round. Here's how... Read more

A Dwarf Basil That’s Great In Pots

Oh basil; just the smell of it conjures up visions of summer. I love this herb and grew the large leafed Genovese Basil last year (which is great for pesto by the way!) but wanted a smaller one this season. Enter Fino Verde, a dwarf basil that's great in pots.The smallish, urn/bowl shaped pot that was holding lobelia which pooped out after year two needed some new green finery to grace... Read more

A Summer Centerpiece, Beachy Style

An Inexpensive Centerpiece Idea For A Garden Party,  Summer Luncheon or Bridal Shower

Get ready wire hat form because you will be painted and decorated in many ways throughout the years. For the first go round I decided to use silk flowers and butterflies which you can seeRead more