hardy fuchsia blooms

The sun is finally out so it must be summer! Time to break out the hammock and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

But if you’re like me, you can’t seem to relax as you look around the yard. There’s always more to be done; an empty spot just begging for some color, or an established plant in need of a little pruning. You deserve break. Why not put your yard on auto-pilot with a few smart choices in landscape plants?

A moon garden is a beautiful sensory garden that you create by using white flowers, silver or variegated foliage, and fragrant flowers and plants with blooms that open at night. Each child will create their own mini-oasis to reflect the moon's lunar glow and enjoy on moonlit nights. 

Click HERE for the written lesson plan.

a bouquet of cut perennials in a blue vase

We love to spend our time outside, digging in the dirt, watching the growing and blooming of our vegetables and flowers. But when it’s time to go indoors, we are forced to leave all that behind for the birds and squirrels to enjoy.

What if we could bring a bit of that sunshine inside with beautiful arrangements of cut flowers from your garden. Not only will it brighten any room, fill your home with amazing aromas, but it is a proven fact that flowers in the home will lift your spirits!

an array of homemade jams in jars

So you’re all done planting for your summer menu - fresh tomatoes, peppers, and berries - but you still want to go play out in the garden? This is a perfect time for squeezing in a few more plants for winter and spring. Canning and preserving for the winter is a time-honored tradition that connects us to the generations that have gone before.

Today, we are concerned about making sure we know what is in our food and providing the healthiest options for our family. With canning, we enjoy the benefit of opening up a jar and knowing exactly what ingredients are in it.

home garden center

Concerns for the environment and local ecosystems have forced us to reconsider many of the current farming and gardening practices we use today. Traditionally,  systems of farming would prioritize short-term yields while underestimating  the adverse effects these crops might have on the environment.

garden centers

Building a home garden in your own backyard is a fantastic way to create fresh produce for you and your family. To take it up a notch, adding a few home-grown herbs and spices to your garden, while consulting with local garden centers for proper herb care, is a great way to keep dishes and home cooking fresh and flavorful. A spice garden is also a great way to add some fresh scents in your backyard, on your windowsill. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just getting started, let's take a look at how to add herb and spice plants to your garden.

plant nursery

 

Whether you’ve got a green thumb and you love to plant, or you’re a gardening novice who’s looking to create a healthy garden in your backyard, look no further than your local plant nursery. By visiting a local plant nursery like Al’s Garden & Home, you’ll find good quality products, a large  f selection and solid customer service to answer all your gardening questions.

June is perennial gardening month

Whew, we did it! May has come and gone and our gardens are planted. We’re done for the season and it’s time to sit back and relax. Right?

Well, almost. Have you considered adding in some perennial blooms for mid-June and into July? Now is the time to strategically add some perennials for midsummer color. What will your garden need?

We love our hanging baskets and are always looking for fun new planters to fill with spring annuals. Once we laid our eyes on this playful galvanized umbrella hanging planter, we knew we just had to add it to our workshop series. Hopefully the umbrella will remind you on hot and dry days that your plants need a little rain to stay happy, even if you must provide it.

a field of many pollinator-friendly blooms

Our pollinator friends need our help. These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. When bees and other pollinators visit our crops, we get higher yields and more flavorful fruits. Without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts.