Tomato Seed Fermentation Steps

Five EASY Steps to Ferment Tomato Seed – IF YOU MUST Choose a healthy tomato from a healthy plant. Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon or squeeze the tomato inside a container, gunk and all. Put your collected seeds in a container (glass or ceramic works great but Read More

10 Tips to Control Aphids Plus a Flowchart Action Plan

Help!  I Have Aphids On My Plants Right Now! What do I do? Before I gained a better understanding of how aphids work, the first sight of them turned me into a revengeful maniac. I wanted to annihilate every last bugger! Now I’m a bit more relaxed and realize that unless my garden shows extreme Read More

Fun Facts About Ladybugs

“Hi, I’m actually a lady beetle, not a bug. I chew my food instead of sucking it up. When something threatens me, I ooze smelly stuff from my legs to scare it away – like a tiny, gooey, super hero! I eat all kinds of pests like aphids, mites, white flies, and scale insects – Read More

Tomato Hornworm – Fun Poem about a Pest

Tomato Hornworm – A Pesky Poem ©2013 Home Grown Fun Tomato hornworms are sneaky they take the garden cake for the most annoying four-inch pest devouring heirlooms of any shape. They work at night in stealth mode speeding around your plants. You could be a tomato bragger at dusk then a victim of the Hornworm Read More

HOW TO Kill Weeds With Vinegar – Plus a VIDEO

Weeds are a Pain! Despite all the blogs and websites that rave about vinegar killing weeds, it’s not a perfect solution. In fact, boiling water will kill weeds, sometimes better than vinegar. Vinegar dries out the leaves of weeds and makes them wilt. What it won’t do it kill the roots. If you’re still determined Read More

Vertical Seed Starting – Easy, Fun, Saves Space and Money

It’s back to elementary school for some space-saving tips on germinating seeds!  No need for fancy seed starting domes, soil or spritzers. This method makes it fun to see how plants grow. In just a few days, your beans, basil, zucchini, pumpkin and sunflower will sprout and will be ready for planting. Some plants such as gourds Read More

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Wow, this is our borage (starflower) this year. It grew so tall and full  there is enough for the kids and the bees!  Our girls feel like they are in another world poking around the borage bush. Read More

HOW TO Grow Healthy Roses

Water at ground level and deeply. Don’t soak the leaves. You’ll get black spots from the sun burning the petals. Better to water once a week really deep than surface watering every day. Black spots? They say one tablespoon esach of baking soda and dish soap in a gallon of water will do wonders if Read More

TRASH TO TREASURE: Reclaimed Bureau Planter

This bureau works great as a pretty herb garden and raised bed. We’ve got lemongrass, tarragon, green pepper, carrots, flowers and a tomato growing in this chest of drawers! It was simple to score this “Trash to Treasure Chest” – I just looked across the street. My neighbors were cleaning house, stacking tons of useable material on the curb. I hesitated at first, timidly peering Read More

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Herbs

Herbs are fun to experiment with and we hit a home run with these homemade pretzels. Click here for a printable recipe using no herbs. Makes 16-24 pretzels, several pretzel sticks and a dozen small pretzel bites GO AHEAD, FREEZE THE DOUGH!  You can freeze or refrigerate the dough. If this recipe is too much Read More

Grow your own loofah sponges with video!

We’ve wanted to grow our own sponges for years now ever since we learned about them from Chet at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista, California. A great place for old fashioned fun and our favorite, the Fall Tractor Show. They grow all sorts of plants and sell them to keep the tractor parades going and Read More

How to Make an Easy Bean Teepee

Kids will dig this home grown secret hiding place! It’s fun to put together and the anticipation from the young ones is priceless.   A bean teepee can be made in less than an hour if the ground is ready for planting, you’re not striving for perfection, and you have spare materials lying around. This one took a little extra time because Read More

Pros and Cons of the Urban Compost Tumbler

Urban Compost Tumbler We have the largest model (9.5 cubic ft) and it has given us compost in 4 weeks. The larger the better if you are serious about composting. If you would like to try it out, go for a smaller model or one that is less expensive. How It’s Used If you keep it in Read More

Learning about Lavender

I like the video series by Sarah Bader on lavender. I easily remember her tip for pruning. Cut two inches above the start of the soft wood. If you don’t do this in the spring your lavender will end up scraggly and won’t create a nice mound like it’s supposed to. I have Spanish Lavender and Read More