8 Reasons Oregano Should Grow In Every Garden

Oregano is one of the most popular perennial herbs to grow in any herb garden. Most are familiar with using it to flavor foods like pizza and pasta sauce – in fact, U.S. soldiers returning home after the Second World War brought back a fondness for what they called the “pizza herb” with them. Today, it’s found in almost everyone’s kitchen cabinet for culinary use… [read more]

How To Grow Cucamelons – The Most Exciting Fruit You Can Grow This Year

While most Americans have never heard of cucamelons, this fruit is definitely one you’ll want to know a lot more about. Also referred to as “Mexican sour gherkin,” or its most common name in Spanish, “sandiita” (little watermelon). It actually has a slew of other monikers in local dialects and Native American languages, most of which translate to “mouse melon.” This cute fruitĀ is the size… [read more]

9 Natural Ways To Keep Ticks Out Of Your Garden

Ticks, and especially their bites, can be really dangerous. These nasty little pests may be small, but they can cause big health problems. In some areas of the country, depending on the time of year, nearly half of ticks can be infected with diseases like Lyme – an infection that can result in fever, headache and many other unpleasant symptoms. Without proper treatment of the… [read more]

7 Common Plant Diseases To Watch Out For & How To Fix Them

It can be absolutely heartbreaking to see your favorite plant or plants, start to fade away from one disease or another. There are a number of different plant diseases that can occur, which happens when an organism infects a plant and disrupts its normal growth habits. It can cause anything from slight yellowing to death. Disease fungi take their energy from the plants on which… [read more]

11 Fragrant Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance you have to endure when you go outdoors, they’re a legitimate cause for health concerns. They buzz around, searching for people or animals to dine on, sucking out their blood and bringing all sorts of diseases and viruses with them, like Zika, malaria and west Nile virus, none of which you’d probably wish on your worst enemy. But, dousing yourself,… [read more]

How To Grow Chilis & 5 Weird Ways To Use Them

If you enjoy growing your own food, you really need to add chilis to the mix. Not only do they add zest to any meal, from breakfast to barbecues and beyond, they’re incredibly nutritious and offer properties that can boost your health from the inside out and the outside in. Plus, there are a number of surprising, strange ways they can be used as well,… [read more]

How To Grow Buckets Full Of Blueberries No Matter Where You Live

Blueberries are sometimes referred to as nature’s candy, with a juicy, sweet flavor few can resist. But there’s really no reason to try and resist them, as this fruit is among some of the healthiest foods you can eat. These purple berries offer long-life health benefits that far exceed their tiny size, thanks to being packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system, and… [read more]

12 Reasons Everyone Should Start Growing Lemon Balm

The list of reasons to love lemon balm is practically endless. In fact, it was once even named “Herb of the Year” by the International Herb Association. No wonder, because this plant, also known as Melissa (technically Melissa officinalis) is capable of just about anything and everything. Lemon balm is a medicinal plant native to the East Mediterranean region and West Asia. It’s been used… [read more]

14 Genius Tricks To Keep Flies Out Of Your Home & Garden

Flies are not only annoying, they’re major carriers of disease. They are known to transfer more than 100 pathogens that can result in illness, including cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, and dysentery. They collect those pathogens on their legs and mouths when feeding on trash, faeces and other decaying material. Plus, some types of flies, such as sciarid flies, can damage both your houseplants and your garden… [read more]

11 Strange Things That Will Improve Your Soil

Healthy soil, just like healthy people, requires a balanced combination of elements. Each of those elements has a key role in the various processes of your plant. For example, iron serves as the ignition for the plants to produce chlorophyll and is crucial for photosynthesis. An iron deficiency can cause noticeable symptoms in a plant, such as when the leaves turn yellow. Soil scientist Steve… [read more]