I love growing green beans; they produce a lot of food in a small space. If you don’t have a vegetable garden, they’re easy to grow even in an ornamental garden bed on a nice looking trellis, and it’s unlikely anyone would even realize you’re growing food. By growing your own beans, you’ll be getting … More Kentucky Heirloom Green Beans & Tomatoes: Berea Sustainable Agriculture Center
Every winter spider mites seem to get worse on my indoor plants. However it’s easy and inexpensive to keep them at bay! You can make a simple insecticidal soap that will kill only soft-bodied insects such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. In my home, my Rubber and Arrowhead plants fall victim to spider mites. … More DIY Insecticidal Soap for Indoor Plants
Butterfly Bush is a flowering shrub lots of people think of when they think of creating a butterfly garden. I admit, their flowers are pretty! They do attract butterflies! But… There are a lot more beneficial plants you can use in a butterfly garden than a butterfly bush. Butterfly Bush is not a native plant, … More The Bad Butterfly Bush
Spring has been great in the Bluegrass this year! Although it’s been raining a lot lately, we’ve had great temperatures and plants are flourishing even better than normal this year. How does this happen? There are probably several factors that has made this spring vibrant Spring arrived about 6 weeks early this year, so warmer temperatures earlier, which … More A Flourishing Spring
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about pollinators and native plants, which is awesome! Awareness in anything is the first step in creating change to those things which no longer serve us. Our pollinators are very important to our ecosystem, they’re the building block to our food chain and pollinate our food and flowers! A … More What Is a Host Plant?
If you’re looking for some winter interest in your yard, evergreens are a great way to do so. It can be hard to find unique evergreens however! You can find unique evergreens at our local nurseries, but they often go fast and they are limited in quantity. Habit One of these evergreens is the Mugo … More Wintergold Mugo Pine
If you haven’t heard about the Emerald Ash Borer, it is important to be aware of this invasive pest, especially if you own an Ash tree or are concerned with preserving our native natural Kentucky landscape and our Lexington streetscape. Ash Trees in Our Landscape Many varieties of ash trees are native to Kentucky and … More Emerald Ash Borer: Threat to Our Native Landscape
One reason of several I love leaving perennials standing during the wintertime is because of the interest they create, especially during frost and snow! The heavy frosts we’ve had in early December created really neat effects in the garden!
This spectacular shrub is a must in the winter garden. Winterberry is a native deciduous holly. This holly does not have the common prickly leaves, but are oval shaped and soft. After its leaves fall, this shrub becomes covered in these amazing red berries that makes it a show stopper. Only the female plants form these … More Winter Garden Must Have: Winterberry Holly (Ilex Verticillata)
Study these photos well… These are photos of the poison ivy leaf. I am amazed at how many people don’t know what poison ivy looks like, and I wish to educate people! I see it everywhere, especially in any lesser maintained areas, even all around Fayette County. I’ve even had it in my own … More Poison Ivy… Where to find it, how to remove it, how to take care of the rash