Entries by Becky Hansen

Mexican Sunflower, Pollinator Magnet!

by Heather Stone Mexican Sunflower, Tithonia rotundafolia is a must for the butterfly garden and is a favorite of our beloved monarch butterfly. This 4-6’ tall annual (perennial in USDA zones10-11) is covered in vibrant orange flowers the monarchs can’t resist. But it’s not only a favorite of monarch butterflies. Mexican Sunflower is also equally […]


Seed Hoarders

Thank goodness that “Hoarders” TV show doesn’t ever focus on seed hoarders. Gardeners who are very tidy and organized and otherwise not people who collect or hoard things can secretly have boxes full of seed from years and years of saving.  Sometimes the seeds are gifts from friends, or seeds ordered because you forgot you has […]


Fall Blooming Plants for Pollinators

by Heather Stone As the days become shorter and the nights cooler and the season shifts from summer to fall many of us can find our gardens to be a little lackluster. Not much is blooming after the abundance of color throughout the spring and summer.   This is where fall blooming plants come in. […]


Preserving Herbs in Vinegar

By Heather Stone Last week we talked about drying as an easy way to preserve your herb harvest. This week we are going to dive into infusing herbs in vinegar. There is lots of room for creativity when making infused vinegars. You can infuse single herbs, a combination of herbs, herbs with flowers and don’t […]


Drying: An Easy Way to Preserve Your Herbs

Leaves If you’re harvesting leaves, the best time to pick is before the plant begins to flower. Flowers If you’re harvesting flowers, harvest the blossoms just before they are in full bloom. Seeds If you’re harvesting seeds, the seeds should remain on the plant until they are fully mature and begin to dry.   Here […]


12 Easy Ways to Save Water Now

 by Heather Stone No matter where you live reducing your water use is important. Water is a finite resource and we are using more of it than ever. Did you know that the average American uses 88 gallons of water a day at home? In comparison, Europeans use about half that and in sub –Saharan […]


Gardening for the Native Bees: 4 Easy Tips For Making Your Garden Solitary Bee Friendly

by Sam Doll There are nearly 4,000 species of native bees in the United States alone! With the exception of bumblebees, nearly every native bee species in North America are solitary. They come in a variety of shapes in sizes, from enormous carpenter bees to the tiny Perdita genus. If you want to learn more about bumblebees, […]