How do we get more butterflies…plant host plants that the adults like to lay eggs on…and the baby caterpillar larvae like to eat!           The Red Admiral caterpillar larvae like the plants we consider weeds…plants of the nettle family…we are most familiar with stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and maybe hops (Humulus). […]

Add to Insects…those butterflies that eat our garden food and flowers…like the Cabbage Butterfly.  It ranges over most of the United States and the green caterpillar larvae feed on cabbages, mustard, other wild plants.  Sometimes you will see a flock of a dozen or two adults in seach of a row of cabbages.   The […]

Host Plants for Butterflies…I should clarify…those are the plants that the adult butterfly lays her eggs on so that the larvae (baby caterpillars) have food to eat when they hatch from the egg. As the caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin 3 or 4 times and then builds a chrysalis which is the final stage […]

Weeds

Jan. 19, 2015 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

Weeds…what are those. Smile. Even those great Europeon gardens that have full time gardeners have weeds…we can get ride of them with a few simple tactics. In a garden with few weeds the beds and borders are maintained with a little and often approach. Another way to stay on the right side of the weeds […]

Weeding…Yep, that’s a part of what I do.  I like to pull the weeds while they are little and not taking up the moisture and nutrients from  the plants.  Weeds are notorious for showing up when I’ve just turned my back…how is that, I ask.  Must be that they know when I’m looking the other […]

  So, the Bear says, “Is this all there is?” I want a snow-storm where the windows are all covered…you know where I can then go and lay on the couch… See, much better. smile. But, you know we Great Pyrenees are made for the snow…

Great Pyrenees Dog

Feb. 27, 2013 No Comments Posted under: Great Pyrenees Dog

Sugar Bear will be 13 on April 25. This big dog has been a blessing to many…even though we are in the city, she has earned her keep.  Great Pyrenees dogs are used for small animal protection.  They keep the foxes, from the goats, the snakes from the chickens, they prowl the fence lines and […]

I am a gardener. You can ask my family, my neighbors, my friends and my Great Pyrenees, Sugar Bear. They will all tell you, “Yep, Darlene is a gardener”. Gardening comes from within. I feel healthy in the garden, my mind captures the peace of outdoors and sends calm and silence to my  inner self. […]

Science has shown time and time again that you can help protect the health of your heart by exercising regularly, eating right, losing weight, not smoking and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar at healthy levels. And researchers study more ways to reduce the risk of heart disease. Three recent findings: Avoid yo-yo dieting. […]

Birds in Winter

Feb. 20, 2013 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Gardening Tips

The race is on!  Do you have your supplies ready for the big snow storm? The weatherperson is sometimes right on…what do you think this time? Interesting, walking in the garden today with Sugar Bear…some of the unfenced shrubs have split from the last snow…lots of pruning when the snow melts off this spring.  The […]