Entries by Katie Schwend

Choosing a Paint Roller Cover

Spring is a great time to spruce up around the house and the easiest way to give your home a facelift is to paint. A good cutting-in brush, and a roller make painting a quick and easy project. But, who knew that there were so many different roller covers? What you are painting will determine […]

Five Herbs for Your Kitchen Garden

Basil. Basil grown near tomatoes creates a strong scent that deters many pests. Basil loves heat and needs to be planted after nighttime temperatures stay at 55 degrees or above. The many varieties of basil will create a patchwork in your garden. Plant in full sun and fertile soil and you don’t need to add […]

Choosing the Right Rose

Determine What Features You Want. Is fragrance important? What about disease resistance, repeat blooming, or thorns vs no thorns? If you are planting it near a sidewalk or entrance to your house, thornless might be right. Do you want it to bloom repeatedly? Do you want to have to deadhead the blossoms? Do you want […]

Pollinators in the Garden

You may think that the bees, wasps, flies, and beetles in your garden are a nuisance, but you would do well to allow them access to your plants if you want flowers and food. These insects pollinate your plants and transfer pollen from one bloom to another. Without them, there would be no flowers and […]

Easy to Grow Veggies for New Gardeners

Peas – Sweet or English peas can be planted now as they can handle a light frost. Try Green Arrow, Maestro, or Patriot. These are dwarf varieties that can be grown without a trellis. For tall varieties, try Alderman or Lincoln. The tall peas need a fence or trellis to climb. Shell when pods are […]

How to Plant Tomatoes

Tomato plants take up a lot of nitrogen to produce those juicy red fruits, so the soil they grow in each year is depleted of nitrogen. The best policy is to rotate them to another area of the garden every year for four years. Restoring Nitrogen When the tomatoes are done for the season, plant […]

How to build a raised bed garden

There are several materials you can use to build a raised bed garden. Some of the most popular are cedar, pine, and concrete blocks.  The advantages of raised beds are numerous. The soil warms up earlier in spring, drainage is excellent, you do not have to till, and it’s easy to add a layer of […]

Straw Bale Gardening

Advantages.  Straw bales can be set up anywhere. You can set up this garden on your driveway, patio, grass, or dirt plot. At the end of the season, you have wonderful compost for your other gardens or to build new in-ground beds. You can configure the garden any way you want in rows, squares, or […]

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna Gardening is a process of layering organic materials that will decompose and create the most wonderful soil you have ever seen. It’s also referred to as sheet composting, and no-till gardening If you are building new garden beds over grass or have soil that just isn’t healthy, the Lasagna Gardening method of building soil […]

Home Tool Kit

The kit in the picture above came in a pink and black satchel with pink handled tools, but you can find generic kits, and also pick up each piece individually. Sets of screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches and more can even be found in pockets that will hang up on pegboard. So, what might be included in […]