June 9, 2017

Great Article about Controlling Japanese Beetles

I'm sharing Mike Mcgroarty's blog post here. Be sure and read all the comments. They are full of more good tips to control these pesky bugs. By the way, my greenhouse inspector told me that they are moving out of Tennessee and we may be beetle free in a year or two! Yea!

Getting Rid of Japanese Beetles

May 26, 2017

This cleaner is amazing!

My brother-in-law gave me this one. Do you think he might be trying to tell me something? 😉

It's cheap, ingredients are probably already in your kitchen and and are safe to use. It works for your oven, shower or any other hard surface you need to clean. He said the secret is to let it sit on the surface overnight and then wipe with clean wet cloths - well, I was too impatient for that. I sprayed both shower stalls (Bill's looked like he may have washed the dog in there) and let it sit a few hours. I only rinsed it off - amazing! No kidding, it got all that dirt off and down the drain!

Magic Cleaner
2 oz Dawn detergent (I did use dawn but was tempted to try my no name brand)  
4 oz bottled lemon juice
8 oz white vinegar
10 oz water

Spray, let it sit, wipe away. In the oven DO NOT USE HEAT - just spray, let sit and wipe clean.
For shower spray - rinse and if you like the shine, wipe with dry towels. 

The secret is to let it sit and then wipe off the dirt! 

May 19, 2017

A Tour of My Backyard Nursery

If you have read my blog for any length of time you know that I have a little seasonal backyard nursery (Mimi's Greenhouse). It is open on Friday's and Saturday's for about 6 weeks in the spring. I sell herbs, flowers, small shrubs and trees as well as vegetable plants for your veggie garden.  I thought it would be fun to post a little picture tour of that space. When the gate is closed there is no clue that there is a little business in my backyard. For more about my little nursery visit Mimi's Greenhouse.

the gate to my backyard nursery 

Some of the plants for sale and the greenhouses


Just inside the gate & view of our art studio
path to the shrubs for sale

A place to sit and enjoy the plants

view of sale from the lower garden

May 12, 2017

Great Gardening Advice

Sometimes I stumble upon some really good gardening blogs and websites. This one actually found me but I do want to share the link with you all.

Kevin the author of Epic Gardening. I especially liked this post about Christmas Cactus. You all know I grow and sell Christmas and Easter Cactus at my plant sales each year. Here is Kevin's advice on Christmas Cactus.

Here is my favorite Easter Cactus "Gemini" It blooms in mid-April.