Q. My houseplants always die in winter. Any tips on keeping them alive? A. Use a pebble tray. Fill a cake pan with gravel and then set the houseplants on the gravel. Then add water until the level is just below the highest part of gravel. The humidity from the water will aid the plants,... Continue Reading →
Welcome to the new acreage blog. I’m going to use the excuse that it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks as the reason I’m a little late this month with “On The Fence.” A better excuse would be that I was waiting for a Cornhusker football victory before I wrote… or maybe the... Continue Reading →
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather gets more enjoyable with many fun outdoor activities. Also, the trees and shrubs all around us become so colorful. A great plant that grows wild all along roadsides and fields would be Sumac. Staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, is a large shrub or small... Continue Reading →
f you want to go to the store or farmers market and pick up the real deal (or grow your own next year), you may have more choices than you know how to deal with when it comes to pumpkin varieties. So here’s a quick list of common pumpkins (and relatives) you may find at the market.
Many tropical or sub-tropical plants are popular additions to Nebraska gardens. They provide great color with their showy flowers and leaves, and also interesting foliage. But since these plants cannot survive a Nebraska winter, even as dormant bulbs in the soil, it’s important to dig them in fall and store them properly so that you can replant them... Continue Reading →
During the busy summer season, our best spring intentions can fall by the wayside. Weeds creep into carefully planted flower beds, trees and shrubs go un-pruned, and fruit trees don’t get sprayed- all for lack of time. Does a beautiful landscape always require hours of intensive care to achieve and maintain? Of course, some maintenance... Continue Reading →
Everyone has had that experience where you are walking along, minding your own business, when suddenly strange, gossamer threads are coating your face. You realize in a panic that you are now draped in some spider’s home and desperately try free yourself from this silky inconvenience. The very idea of this can send a shiver... Continue Reading →