Gardening

Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries

With a sly grin, Phil poked a stick through the leaves, trying to make me think it was a rattlesnake.That was thirty-five-plus years ago, and I still have fond memories of that huckleberry picking...

Rainbow of Flowers

Rainbow of Flowers

Flower Bed Contest First Place Photo © Joyce Tschetter. We recently had an opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and my idea for a flower bed was inspired by the Rainbow...

Our Flower Bed

Our Flower Bed

Flower Bed Contest Third Place Photo © Solomon Blair. This is our first year having a raised flower bed. My dad built it with treated 2x8 lumber and lattice. It is 39 square feet. Before filling it...

Bubbling Rock Flower Bed

Bubbling Rock Flower Bed

Flower Bed Contest Second Place Photo © Kristina Zimmerman. We had a patch of grass between our retaining wall and our walkway that was too small to mow with a riding mower, so I decided to turn it...

To Make a Flower Arbor

To Make a Flower Arbor

Flower Bed Contest Third Place April June September I decided to create my flower bed around an arbor. To make it, we bent a hog panel into an upside-down U shape, anchoring it down with U-shaped...

Flower Beds Designed to Delight

Flower Beds Designed to Delight

Flower Bed Contest Grand Prize Tiger swallowtail on lantana. Photo © Regina Eby. Flower beds are the prettiest right after you’ve made all your flower choices, planted them, and tucked that rich...

Yielding Seed After His Kind

Yielding Seed After His Kind

I like seed catalogs! There are few pastimes more pleasurable in a January snowstorm than to curl up in front of the wood stove with a steaming mug and a stack of seed catalogs. Of course, seed...

Keep It Covered

Keep It Covered

One of the most important rules of gardening is to always be gardening. That doesn’t mean we need to keep ourselves in the garden every working day planting, weeding, fertilizing, or harvesting....

Weeds—How to Manage Them

Weeds—How to Manage Them

Mankind’s struggle with weeds is almost as old as life on earth. Since the very first man, almost all of those who have been involved in producing food have had to do something about unwanted native...

Blooming Beauty

Blooming Beauty

Sunflowers. Photo © Erin Cogswell/Dreamstime.com. One amazing aspect of God’s creation is the system he designed for the reproduction of plants. For many plants, seed production starts with a...

Making Better Compost

Making Better Compost

With more attention to detail and a few extra tools, compost can be made fertilizer-grade where a little bit goes a long way. What we’re talking about here is not the SAM (stacked, aged manure)that...

Making Good Compost

Making Good Compost

Last month we looked at the limitations of poor quality compost, but don’t think for a minute that compost is something to be avoided. Composting is a natural process that happens all by itself...

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

Pick up any gardening magazine or book, and you are sure to soon come across the use of compost. Composting is a basic principle of gardening. In the natural cycle of things, life grows from death;...

A Garden of Herbs, Part 2

A Garden of Herbs, Part 2

Last month we started with an herb used traditionally for tea. This month I’d like to do the same. Next to mint, chamomile is perhaps the most common tea herb grown in North America. Chamomile is a...