Flying Dragon Citrus Also Known As Hardy Orange

Flying Dragon Citrus Also Known As Hardy Orange

The Flying Dragon Citrus tree, also known as Hardy Orange and scientifically as Poncirus Trifoliata is a cold-hardy deciduous citrus shrub. The first time I saw a Flying Dragon, or Hardy Orange, I was in awe. Here I was in Western North Carolina, and I was looking at an orange tree. Or lemon. I wasn’t […]

Cut And Come Again Lettuce and Other Fall Veggies

Cut And Come Again Lettuce and Other Fall Veggies

Cut and come again lettuce is popular but did you know this gardening method works for growing many other vegetables during fall and winter? The concept of planting a garden in the late summer for fall and early veggies isn’t new. But did you know that with a lot of plants, you don’t need to […]

How Long Eggs Last and How to Tell if They’re Fresh

How Long Eggs Last and How to Tell if They’re Fresh

How long do eggs last? Good question. Let’s talk about it and also see how to tell if they’re good, how to keep them fresh, and egg storage. I raise chickens, mostly for the eggs. I sell my eggs to friends, family, and also at a local farm market. People always ask me if they […]

My Grandma’s Famous Cinnamon Pickles Recipe

My Grandma’s Famous Cinnamon Pickles Recipe

We make cinnamon pickles from the garden cucumbers we let grow too big and turn yellow. You can also make them with the regular green kind. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my Grandma Viola would trot out these jars of cinnamon pickles. They were red, sweet, and sour at the same time and spicy. […]

4 Creative Ways to Use A Bumper Crop of Cucumbers

4 Creative Ways to Use A Bumper Crop of Cucumbers

Have an abundance of cucumbers and need some fresh ideas? These 4 creative cucumber uses will help you use up your bumper crop of cucumbers. This has been a great year for my cucumber patch! We started off a bit later than normal, but I seem to be picking cucumbers daily now. I have five […]

Dealing with Tomato Hornworms In Your Garden

Dealing with Tomato Hornworms In Your Garden

Learn how to coexist with the tomato hornworm because it transforms into the hummingbird moth, a very beneficial pollinator who is more than a garden pest! Hummingbird Moth For several years the hummingbird moth has fascinated me. I fell in love instantly the first time I saw one buzzing through the bee balm at a […]

DIY Dandelion Oil for Sore Muscles and Stiff Joints

DIY Dandelion Oil for Sore Muscles and Stiff Joints

This DIY dandelion oil is excellent for relieving joint pain and sore muscles. It is fun and simple to make and works well as a pain-relieving massage oil. Year after year I watch dandelions bloom in my front yard. In the spring, beautiful yellow flowers pop up in April. This year I wanted to harvest […]

A Comprehensive List of Mosquito Repellent Plants

A Comprehensive List of Mosquito Repellent Plants

We have no screens around our porch so we use mosquito repellent plants to keep those pesky insects away. Here is a list of 25 plants that repel mosquitoes! If you ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you that I practically live outside on my deck. From coffee to meals to just sitting in […]

Plants That Give Colorful Flowers All Summer Long

Plants That Give Colorful Flowers All Summer Long

Some plants flower for a short period of time and others have flowers that bloom all Summer. Let’s learn which annuals and perennials bloom all Summer long! I love summer! And being in my yard and garden during the warm months gives me such joy. Some flowers, like lilacs and daffodils are short-lived, giving you […]

Learn How To Create Beautiful DIY Hanging Baskets

Learn How To Create Beautiful DIY Hanging Baskets

This DIY Hanging baskets tutorial teaches you how to create your own hanging baskets. Also, they’re not just for flowers, think cherry tomatoes and herbs! Why I Love Hanging Baskets I like the look of flowers anywhere, and on a wide front porch, hanging baskets just seem right. I like to put up about 5 baskets, […]