Should you really prune your tomatoes?

It’s true – we’re actually screeching up on the end of the growing season for veggies in our home gardens.  I’ve heard from many of you that a veritable sea of tomatoes have covered your kitchen counters, and are populating the branches of your tomato plants that are still quite green.  Some of you have…

It is WAAAY too hot outside…

Southern Oregon has been hit with a heatwave. Seriously, it was cooler in Death Valley yesterday than it was here. DEATH VALLEY, people! That doesn’t mean, however, that gardening stops. Those plants won’t take care of themselves! So it’s all about go out and sweat for a while. It’s fogging my glasses. It’s in my…

Hummers and Flutterbys

  Whether the calendar says summer or fall, these flowers such as Russian Sage, Bee Balm, Yarrow, Borage and Sunflowers, will attract butterflies and hummingbirds until the first frost – and sometimes beyond. It’s important to keep flowers blooming as long as possible to help butterflies and hummingbirds later in the season. With tons of…

Beneficial Insects are Important, People!

Hey, folks.  Today, we’re going to look at beneficial insects – what they are, why they’re good, and how to attract them. But first, I want to talk about sleeping.  Does everybody get great sleep and good rest?  Ugh.  I don’t, usually.  Racing brain, thinking about all the stuff I didn’t get done, all the…

A gardening calendar for August … and Stuff …

So, the other day, I received this kitchen gadget in the mail.  That little drip coffee maker over there on the right side of the screen.  I used to have one similar to it in the 90’s, but it was porcelain and required disposable filters.  It was nice, but it broke in a move.  Anyway,…