Fall’s cooler temperatures alert us that winter is on its way. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to carbo-load and prepare to hibernate like the bears, though. By making low-carb alternatives, you can enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods without packing on the pounds. Read more
Our friend Kelly Wilkniss of created this fun autumn wreath that allows beautiful natural elements to take center stage!
Whether you’re new to gardening or you’ve been at it for a while, the right tools make all the difference. You want to make sure you’re using the right tool for each task, and you want tools that are going to last for a very long time. Read more
I love pasta as much as the next person, but as fall approaches and I’m moving around less, I use lower carb substitutes. My go-to is spaghetti squash. I love the texture and the sweet flavor. I grow the ‘Tivoli’ variety at the farm. Read more
I’ve grown squashes for as long as I can remember, and spaghetti squash has always been in rotation. Follow these tips for growing and harvesting, and you’ll have a crop of your own next season. Read more
For most people, the thought of a rabbit conjures a cute, cuddly little creature. For gardeners, though, these critters can be one of our nightmares. Known to wreak havoc on a garden, rabbits will gnaw on tender plants and even build nests among the shrubs. There are a few things you can try to deter rabbits from getting comfortable in your garden.
How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden
As with most rodents and even deer, fencing is one of the best ways to prevent rabbits from getting into your garden. Chicken wire and netting works well for young plants—simply lay them directly over the plants. For more mature plants, you’ll need to build a fence at least two-feet high, buried about six inches deep. Be sure to bend the wire away from the plant before burying it. Chicken wire with narrow openings works best.
This same concept works on a smaller scale as well. You can protect individual young plants by creating mini fences around them. Create a cylinder around your baby trees, shrubs, or vegetable plants. Use mesh with no more than a half-inch opening and, again, bend it away from the plant and bury it.
Rabbits like to nest. Take measures to keep them from making your garden their home. Remove branches from shrubs that are low-lying. Thin out or remove dense vegetation. If you find any signs of rabbit nesting, remove it.
At the farm, we also use blood meal to deter rabbits from having a feast or making a home in the gardens. Rabbits are plant-eaters, so the scent of blood meal will usually send them running. Blood meal is high in nitrogen and will need to be re-applied every 7 to 14 days.
Not all containers are created equal, especially when it comes to surviving winter. Some containers—like terracotta and ceramic—absorb moisture and are prone to cracking when the temperature drops. Because planters are made from a recyclable poly resin plastic that resists water, you can keep them outside through the winter. Read more
These universal principles have become the set of tools I use to create gardens that embody all the key elements of the world’s greatest landscapes but are scaled to each individual’s site, taste and budget. When woven into the plan of the garden, they are unifying components that magically transform the space into a place of enchantment and beauty. Read more
Everyone loves cauliflower right now! It’s increasingly popular as a “swap” for starches in popular comfort foods like alfredo sauce, mac ‘n’ cheese, and pizza crust. Not only does cauliflower satisfy those craving a low-carb option, but it also is packed with plenty of nutrients. Read more
Cauliflower is not the easiest to grow. It requires cool temperatures and consistently moist, well-fed soil. Even if you get all of that right, you may need to blanch your plants to get those nice white heads on your cauliflower. Read more