Gila's Place

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Yard & Garden

Preparing for the FIRST frost | Gardening in October from Melissa K Norris
This month it's gardening in October! I'm preparing the garden for our first fall frost and harvesting the produce that's ready (but leaving the produce that's not quite ready for harvest). This …
Check out this GREAT garden calculator to determine the size garden needed to feed your family of…
There are many factors to consider when planning and calculating your family garden. How many people are in your family? If you plan to share with friends and family you'll want to …
Wildflower seeds you can gather on your own
Make your next garden project a wildflower garden. These gardens have many benefits and are more important than ever due to the decline in pollenating insects. Getting these types of gardens started …
Solid green (non variegated) Spider Plant
Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosumNative to South Africa (Zone 9-11) These easy-to-keep houseplants are beautiful and a little rare as they are not as easily found as their more common cousin, the variegated …
Catnip- time to dry
I always let the bees and other pollinators have their way with the catnip before I start plucking the fat buds. I left this batch on extra long to make sure I …
Flood waters and wildflowers
Days and days of rain have kept the farmers out of their fields and gardeners chomping at the bit to turn a few rows. Boredom sent me on a country cruise on …
20 wild plants you can eat in the wilderness
Found this lovely graphic on the internet that lays it all out nicely. You're welcome 🙂
A walk in the woods
Took an evening hike and found the woodland flora waking for the season. Virginia Bluebells, Squirrel corn, and Cutleaf everywhere. Caught a few sunsets and a herd of deer running at dusk. …
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm is one of my favorite herbs. It smells and tastes great and is good for your health. The lemon balm plant produces beautiful lemon scented leaves. Leaves are typically used …
African Violets sprouts
I've never had much luck with African Violets. I've killed them from neglect, too much love, and probably things unknown to me. A couple of years ago I inherited several Violets. They …
Baby ZZ plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
It's the little things, really. Bad days goes bright when you see your patience pay off. Last summer I inherited a really neglected ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant. I immediately separated the plant …
My (in)sanity
Seriously. I love gardening but trying to stay on any kind of schedule with all that's going on is next to impossible. This is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants operation, no doubt. It wasn't meant …
Frozen here
I have somewhere a good distance away that I need to be. But this is my current reality. It's the view down the street from my house at midday. Doesn't look like …
And so it begins
Borage, Chamomile, Zinnias, Snapdragons, Daisies, Petunia, Coneflowers, Sweat Peas, Tarragon, Lemon Grass, an that's just a few and just to start. I can't wait for summer.
Don’t rake the leaves- here’s the logic
I know it's tempting to tidy up your yard by raking up all those fallen leaves but you really shouldn't. My neighbors keep a beautiful lawn and they rake and burn leaves …
Missing my window to nature
I love my new home, and yard, and yes, there are critters here. But I miss terribly my office window, back in my Missouri woods. Back where I had all day interaction …
Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the most common houseplants | images
Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is one of the most common houseplants. They are easy to grow, require minimal care, and grow quickly. Plants can get as large as three feet wide, and …
This year’s marigold show | images
My friend Parley showed up early this spring with a handful of what he thought were tomato volunteers. There was actually one tomato but the rest were marigolds. They came out orange. …
Plants for sale
Want plants? I got 'em! I have them everywhere actually, and I keep them all year 'round. So if you feel the need to bring a little life inside as we get …
The garden
I never dreamed this little garden would draw so much attention but I am pretty sure at least half the town drives by to check it out. Some stop to chat about …

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