Tag Archives: Gardening

Why You Should Plant Flowers With Your Vegetables

If you’re trying to grow a vegetable garden you might not think beyond planting the specific variety of desired vegetable, but it can be very beneficial to give your plant a friend. Flowers and other types of plants will attract helpful insects, suppress weeds, and more.

This video from GrowVeg explains why. Attracting more bugs sounds unappealing, but these bugs will be your gardening allies. Plants like lavender and oregano attract ladybugs, for example, and ladybug larvae will eat the annoying aphids that may be hurting your other plants. That means flowers that are rich in pollen will be best (something like daises or single dahlias with a single ring of petals). Moreover, some plants like nasturtium will attract aphids away from your more precious varieties. Not a great deal for the nasturtium, but good for your vegetables.

And the visual and olfactory appeal is more than superficial; a dense varietal garden will make it more difficult for pests to find their favorite plant to eat. Watch the full video to learn more about why you should put some friendly plants in your garden.

Companion Planting: Why Vegetables Need Friends | GrowVeg

The Best Flowers to Grow for Homemade Bouquets

The Best Flowers to Grow for Homemade Bouquets

Making your own bouquets is an inexpensive way to enjoy beautiful flowers at home or give them as a gift, but you don’t have to visit the florist to have them. Here are the flowers that will grow fast enough in your garden for you to enjoy beautiful, fresh, colorful bouquets all spring and summer.

Whether you have space for just a few pots or a whole garden plot you can dedicate, these flowers will give you choice in color and shape for your homemade bouquets.

By planting these varieties now, you can get bouquet ready blooms faster than just planting annuals or other blooming flowers. They come in lots of color varieties, grow quickly, and in general are easy enough to care for. Check out the link below for details on each flower including which zones they thrive in and how to best care for them.

15 Fast-Growing Flowers for a Cutting Garden | This Old House

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Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

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5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Five Easy Tips for Keeping Pets Away From Your Houseplants

Cats and Dogs are curious creatures, especially when it comes to the plants you have indoors. These expert tips will help you keep them away so you can keep your plants alive.

It’s only natural for your furry friends to try and interact with houseplants, but in the process they can make a huge mess, ruin the plant, or even hurt themselves. Inga Fricke, Director of Pet Retention Programs at the ASPCA, suggests a few tips at Apartment Therapy:

  1. Always keep plants on tables or shelves where pets can’t reach them.
  2. Don’t put dangling tablecloths or runners under plants—pets might use these as tug toys.
  3. If you have cats, try putting aluminum foil, covered by a layer of soil, inside potted plants. Cats don’t like the feeling of foil under their paws.
  4. Line the rim of the planter or the edge of the shelf with double-sided tape, another material cats hate to walk on.
  5. Avoid placing plants on narrow ledges or shelves where your furry friends might knock them over. Toppled plants not only make a mess, but sharp broken edges could cut your pet’s paws.

It’s all about keeping your houseplants out of reach from dogs, and deterring your cats from wanting to interact with them. Cats will be able to get to the plant no matter where you put it, but you might be able to convince your kitty that the plant isn’t worth its while.

http://lifehacker.com/why-you-keep-k…

5 Pet-Safe Plants (& How to Keep Your Furry Friends Away from Them, Anyway) | Apartment Therapy

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski.