Jun 18, 2014

How to Divide Hostas (for the Weekend Gardener)

If you have a shade garden, it probably contains a hosta or two.  These cooperative perennials grow quickly, thrive in a wide range of climate zones and require little attention–other than taming an occasional slug invasion (cheap beer) or watering during a severe dry spell.  Then after a number of years of neglect, you can divide hostas, to reshape an … Continue reading


Apr 28, 2014

How to Grow Bamboo

Today I am publishing an article from freelance writer Rachel Matthews.  I love the opportunity to host an occasional guest author because I always learn something new.  Prior to this, I had no idea you could even grow bamboo in Wisconsin!  I also learned that you have to grow bamboo carefully since it can be invasive (ask me about my … Continue reading

Cage with Potatoes

May 1, 2011

The Lazy Person’s Potato Garden

Growing potatoes always sounded hard.  Dig a deep bed, “fluff up” the soil (especially painful with clay), then go back with the shovel for harvest. I am a lazy gardener.   I started my gardening career at roughly the same time as my corporate career, so if it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t going to happen.  This spoiled me for life. This … Continue reading

Lettuce Seedlings

Mar 29, 2011

Seed Starting is Easy! (Weeding is Hard)

I had plans to blog about starting seeds a couple weeks ago when I began the task .  But it seemed so ordinary that I simply started the seeds and forgot the blog. I didn’t give it another thought until last night, when my daughter was studying at our house with a classmate.   Her friend’s mother came to pick her … Continue reading