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Steps To Take After Harvesting Garden Peppers

A successful garden can be rewarding, satisfying, and fulfilling. But sometimes, we grow more than we’re prepared to use, and finding ways to use the overabundant harvest in a timely fashion can be challenging. Let’s look at some steps to take after you harvest your garden peppers so that you can maximize your efforts and reduce waste. This year, our garden is bursting with peppers.  We have peppers of all… Read More »Steps To Take After Harvesting Garden Peppers

Misconceptions About Caring for Indoor Plants

Misconceptions About Caring for Indoor Plants

Properly caring for indoor plants can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Most people think they need to have a green thumb or be an expert gardener to keep their plants healthy, but this isn’t the case. With some knowledge and effort, anyone can successfully care for indoor plants. These are some misconceptions about caring for indoor plants that you shouldn’t believe. This post contains affiliate links that I make… Read More »Misconceptions About Caring for Indoor Plants

4 Creative Ways To Spruce Up Your Backyard

It’s that wonderful time of year to head to your backyard, enjoy the weather, and maybe even some company. Follow these tips to spruce it up a little bit. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. If you enjoy the outdoors, then chances are you enjoy spending time in your backyard on those beautiful summer nights. If this… Read More »4 Creative Ways To Spruce Up Your Backyard

Tips and Tricks To Freshen Your Front Yard Spring can make for a pretty but slightly shaggy-looking landscape as the flora revives. Here are some tips and tricks to freshen your front yard. Your front yard is the public face of your home. You work to make it look pretty, keep it eco-friendly, and encourage beneficial plants and pollinators. But even well-cared-for front yards can look tired or shaggy after a few years of the same blooms or runaway perennials. Learn some tips and tricks to freshen your front yard. Reduce Lawn Area Consider reducing the area of grass in your front yard. Mark out new garden beds that can accommodate native plants and pollinator gardens to add diversity to your landscape. Lawns consume a lot of water and don’t provide much in the way of habitat for the friendly bees that are so important to ecosystems, even small ones like front yards. Mulch Keep weeds in check with organic mulch. Many communities now offer mulch for residents made from discarded Christmas trees. Other landscape suppliers specialize in producing organic soils and mulches for eco-conscious gardeners. While mulch can make your front yard look tidy, don’t make the mistake of “volcano” mulching around your trees. Mulch piled up against the base of trees holds moisture against the bark, which can cause rot, fungus growth, and unhealthy root formation. Mulch in the rain shadow of your trees, but leave the base of the tree bare. Use Container Gardens and Garden Art A quick way to add color and interest to your front yard is to use container gardens. You can place attractive planters of different heights and sizes around your front entryway or even plant various annuals in garden beds to add interest and beauty to your front yard. Planters themselves can be works of art in your garden. Select pieces that express your personality, echo the style of your home’s architecture, or just delight you. You could also add a tasteful, inexpensive statue, birdbath, or fountain to freshen your front yard. Dress Up Your Mailbox Your mailbox is often the first part of your property that passersby and visitors encounter. If your local post office doesn’t object, try growing a clematis vine up your mailbox post. Create a low raised bed around the base of your mailbox that features flowering plants and decorative grasses of varying heights to add interest to the entrance to your driveway. Or, use a decorative mailbox cover to add some color and personality to your mailbox (but check again with your local post office to make sure you stay in their good graces!) Add a Garden Arch or Gate You don’t necessarily need a walkway to install a garden arch—just use an arch to mark one area of your garden as a special retreat. Add a bench to sit and enjoy a climbing rose you’ve planted to grow up and over the arch. If you do have a front walk, consider adding a charming gate to mark the entrance, and plant evergreens on either side of it to set off your walk. Over the next few years, you can create lovely borders along your walk, which will take the place of boring grass and won’t need mowing! You’re sure to think of more creative ways to freshen your front yard and maintain your public-facing landscape to look charming and abundant. It won’t be long before neighbors make a point of driving by to look or guests take notice and give you compliments on your refreshed front yard.

Tips and Tricks To Freshen Your Front Yard

Spring can make for a pretty but slightly shaggy-looking landscape as the flora revives. Here are some tips and tricks to freshen your front yard. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Your front yard is the public face of your home. You work to make it look pretty, keep it eco-friendly, and encourage beneficial plants and pollinators.… Read More »Tips and Tricks To Freshen Your Front Yard

4 Fun and Different Ways To Enhance Your Community

4 Fun and Different Ways To Enhance Your Community

Sometimes making the world a better place can be simple. Sure, there’s no cure-all for solving all of your community’s problems, but sometimes small changes and acts can make a big impact. The fact is that people feel happier and less stressed when their communities are the best they can possibly be. To make your own community a better place to live and thrive in, follow these four fun and… Read More »4 Fun and Different Ways To Enhance Your Community

Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms

Mushrooms have many health benefits, and they’re great at absorbing flavors and adding texture to any meal. However, store-bought mushrooms can be expensive, and foraging them year-round isn’t an option. So here’s a beginner’s guide to growing your own mushrooms for goodness all year. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. Mushroom Basics There are a few mushroom basics and… Read More »A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Mushrooms

3 Tips To Help Make Your Garden Bee Friendly

3 Tips To Help Make Your Garden Bee Friendly

 Bees are the powerhouse pollinators of the world, so it’s easy to see why they’re such important little creatures. The biodiversity they support is essential to our way of life and to keeping the world’s delicate balance in check. Unfortunately, bees are endangered, and they need our support. Here are three tips to help make your garden bee friendly and to support the bee population. This post contains affiliate links… Read More »3 Tips To Help Make Your Garden Bee Friendly

Fruit Trees

The Best Fruit Trees To Grow in Your Backyard

There’s nothing in the world as peaceful as stepping outside and plucking a ripe apple or peach from the tree you helped grow. Early spring is planting season for many kinds of fruit trees, so if you’re looking to add new life to your property, it’s time to start planning. Here at Firefly Gardens, we have several varieties of fruit trees, including some adorable miniature apple trees that are a… Read More »The Best Fruit Trees To Grow in Your Backyard

Tips and Tricks for Building a Stunning Garden

A garden can improve the overall appearance of your property, and caring for one can serve as a relaxing hobby. Investing time in improving your garden can benefit your mental and physical health in many ways. A garden is also a great spot for spending time outdoors that boosts the value of your home. This guide to the tips and tricks for building a stunning garden will help you create… Read More »Tips and Tricks for Building a Stunning Garden

The Easiest Vegetables To Grow During Winter

The Easiest Vegetables To Grow During Winter

It’s never too early to start thinking about what types of food you want to grow. In fact, certain vegetables can thrive in the cold—although a harsh winter might do some damage. Nonetheless, if you’re going to start growing vegetables during the wintertime, you should start with these. Here are the easiest vegetables to grow during winter. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with… Read More »The Easiest Vegetables To Grow During Winter

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The Most Inspiring Garden Themes To Try Out

Life can feel boring without something to admire or add to season after season, especially if you’re someone who enjoys the outdoors. To help kick your creativity into gear, we have a curated list of the most inspiring garden themes to try out in an attempt to impress your neighbors and friends. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your… Read More »The Most Inspiring Garden Themes To Try Out

6 Landscaping Ideas for Hilly or Sloping Areas

6 Landscaping Ideas for Hilly or Sloping Areas

Hillsides are notoriously tricky to landscape. Check out these landscaping ideas for hilly or sloping areas and turn your backyard into a stunning oasis. While hillside homes can be gorgeous, landscaping can be a challenge. The threat of soil erosion is always present, and maintaining a garden on a slope can be difficult. But the potential for creating stunning vistas is great. Here are some landscaping ideas for hilly or… Read More »6 Landscaping Ideas for Hilly or Sloping Areas

Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

3 Most Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

Have you thanked your local pollinators recently? Learn who’s responsible for our flourishing crops with this list of the most popular pollinators in America. Spring is here, and with it comes a colorful array of flowers and crops. Are you excited to add fresh and vibrant strawberries to your spring shopping list? Maybe when the weather is nice, you can fire up the grill with our Stuffed Poblano Pepper recipe… Read More »3 Most Popular and Productive Pollinators in America

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Gardening For Wellness and Traditions

My garden is my sanctuary from the world. I meditate through the work that I do, thrive with each new leaf, and carry the memory of each season’s lessons.  Gardening is therapy and good medicine. I love passing down the traditions that I’ve carried with me from my Great-Grandparents and sharing them with my children and grandchildren is how we connect. Garden pathways From solid paver pathways to soft pea… Read More »Gardening For Wellness and Traditions

Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

Where some people see claustrophobia and noise, those who understand why beekeeping is an awesome hobby know how it benefits the planet and so much more. Beekeeping enthusiasts are the first to tell you that the hobby is not for everyone. From the outside, surrounding yourself in a swarm of bees can look overwhelming. But for people who want to help the planet, beautify their gardens, strengthen their income, and… Read More »Why Beekeeping Is an Awesome Hobby

What to plant in an aromatherapy garden.

What To Plant in an Aromatherapy Garden

Aromatherapy is loaded with benefits, and it starts in your own backyard. Here, we offer suggestions for what to plant in your aromatherapy garden. Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a living without costing you a penny. Support your favorite bloggers by shopping their links. Aromatherapy is a perfect, natural way to… Read More »What To Plant in an Aromatherapy Garden

How to grow peppers from seeds

Simple Tips For Starting Seeds For Your Garden

Share on facebook Share Share on pinterest Pin Share on twitter Tweet How many of you have started your seeds for your garden? I’m actually getting my seeds started this week and ordering my plants for spring delivery.  So to help you get your garden growing, I have a few simple tips for starting your seeds indoors. This post contains affiliate links that help bloggers like myself to earn a… Read More »Simple Tips For Starting Seeds For Your Garden

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Victory Gardens: Why You And Your Family Should Start One

In this worldwide crisis, many people are turning to gardening to relive stress and provide for their families. Victory Gardens are popping up in yards and people are coming together to share their produce and knowledge about growing. In this time of hardship, many people are feeling anxious, worried about the future of the food supply, and struggling with staying home. But we gardeners know that suddenly being asked to… Read More »Victory Gardens: Why You And Your Family Should Start One

DIY Seed Bombs

Spring is here and before you know it, Mother’s day will be upon us. Today we have a great DIY that you can do with the kids for Mom or make yourself to send to someone special. But don’t forget to make a few for yourself! Seed bombs are easy to make, they are fun great gifts, and you can make them ahead of time and store them for when… Read More »DIY Seed Bombs

Gardening for health

Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease

Share Pin Tweet I love to garden, but it’s not for the reasons you might think.  Gardening helps me to fight Lyme Disease, improves my mental health, and helps me to feel like I’m contributing to helping the planet and my community. Let’s be honest, I hate mornings, and I really struggle to get out of bed early. Sometimes it is physically painful to get up and move, and I want… Read More »Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease