Groceries from the Backyard: A Harvest of Savings

Groceries from the Backyard: A Harvest of Savings (ARA) – The economy is tanking, grocery bills are climbing and food safety scares are on the rise. For the 43 million Americans planning a vegetable garden this spring, growing your own is a matter of dollars and sense. Food gardening will jump 19 percent this year […]

It’s raining again!

I love the rain!! I especially know how beneficial it is for us here in California.  We are in another terrible drought, and so I know that every drop is important; but I was hoping to put out my walls of water and plant some tomatoes and peppers.  I love getting plants out early.      I […]


We had our January thaw.  I  thought that spring might have come early here in the foothills of northern California.  The temperature was over 60 degrees.  My bulbs have started to poke their green tops out of the ground, and the rosebushes are getting leaves on them.  I always start getting so excited for spring […]

Garden Superstars for Spring 2009

New Plants and Accessories Star in Outdoor Scenes this Spring   (ARA) – From picture-perfect roses to containers that are works of art, spring 2009 promises wonderful color and exciting new products for garden lovers everywhere. “People want shrubs and plants that look great, are easy to grow, are good for the environment and perform […]

Top Ten 2009 Gardening Trends

(ARA) – Americans craving authenticity and fretting over a bleak economy have reinvigorated the trend to grow-it-yourself (GIY). From blueberries to houseplants, GIY is the new mantra as folks turn “back to the future” to simplify their lives while gardening for the greener good. “It’s a resurgence of gardening for the greater good — for […]

Lawn Care Tips

By: Michael McGroarty A beautiful lawn does not come without some effort. Depending upon what type of soil you have, the amount of effort will vary. For instance when raising trees and shrubs, sandy or a gravel base soil is great. Landscape plants like well drained soiled. A lawn on the other hand is different. […]