Propagating Arborvitae from Cuttings

Have you ever considered propagating arborvitae from cuttings? It’s an easy and fun way to make more plants. Arborvitae can make a great privacy screen. The techniques in the video below can be used for any variety of arborvitae. If you prefer a text version of the instructions just look…Continue Reading


Red Buckeye Seeds: Gathering and Planting

One of the most beautiful trees we have in the Spring is the Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia. In the fall it produces seed pods which you can gather and plant to grow more red buckeye trees. Last year the squirrels beat me to it but not this year! Here’s a…Continue Reading

Visiting The Home Land

Highlights and video from a recent visit to our land. It’s like a nature preserve with butterflies, turkey, and signs of wildlife all over. I also checked the pawpaw trees for ripe fruit.

Tasmanian Chocolate Tomato

The Tasmanian Chocolate Tomato

This year one of the tomato varieties I decided to grow was the ‘Tasmanian Chocolate’ tomato. It’s a determinate variety that is well suited for growing in pots. It’s determinant and grows to about 3 feet tall, at least the plant I grew did in my trial this year. I…Continue Reading

Propagating Lavender by Cuttings

Propagating Lavender from Cuttings

Lavender is a great perennial plant to have around the garden. Designers use it in knot gardens, formal gardens, or even in pots. It smells great when touched and also has insect repellent properties to help keep the bites at bay. In this post I’ll explain how you can propagate…Continue Reading

Propagating Mums for Profit

It’s kind of an odd subject to bring up during spring but propagating mums for profit takes time. Spring is when you have to get started for fall mum sales. For the purposes of this article we are talking about the common chrysanthemum you find in stores everywhere during the…Continue Reading

Fothergilla major

I love the spring time with its flush of new flowers and this spring’s flowers have one of the record books. Among those flowering plants one of the coolest is the Fothergilla major. Fothergilla is a small shrub in the Hamamelidaceae family that gets around 6 to 10 feet tall…Continue Reading

The Garden in February

This time of year there usually isn’t much to see in the garden. Lately we’ve been pounded with rain shower after rain shower. We’ve had so much rain that the Duck River south of us in Columbia is about to crest at 45 ft. which is more than it did…Continue Reading

Privet: Invasive Pest Plant

Privet is a non native invasive plant in Tennessee. It should be removed whenever possible. Here is how to identify privet.