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ABOUT ME

Hi to everyone.
My name is Karen Travis!

I’m a gardening enthusiast with over 25 years of experience. When not working, I love digging in my garden. I grow everything I can from veggies to plants. I hope you enjoy my blog and that my blog inspires you to garden.

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Gardening Basics

Don’t let strange
plants and bad soil
intimidate you.
Enjoy gardening success
in every season.

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Homemade Weed Killer
Pest Control

How to Make a Weed Killer Spray

Homemade, organic insecticides are very popular for various reasons. First of all, they are organic so you always know they are natural and that they can’t harm your environment, your plants or your family and pets. In addition to this,…

Rattlesnake Plant
Plant Care

Rattlesnake Plant Care Tips

Rattlesnake plant, scientific name Calathea lancifolia, is a popular variety of the Calathea plants. It is great for those who wish to have a tropical vibe in their home. This is a great plant to grow for its magnificent foliage….

Flowers & Blooms

How to Grow Clivia Plant

The clivia plant, also known as kafir-lily is a beautiful houseplant you can grow relatively easily. The clivia plant has heavy textured green strap-like leaves. The flowers are smooth petaled, with varied colors ranging from brick red to salmon, red…

Flowers & Blooms

The Most Popular Salad Greens

Salad greens are great vegetables to grow. They are the main ingredient in numerous salads, so you can have a tasty salad whenever you wish, straight from your home garden. You may even grow many of them in containers in…

Vegetables

Common Tomato Problems I

Nothing feels better than picking a juicy, fresh tomato straight from your garden. It shows your dedication and all the energy you’ve put into your tomato garden is finally paying off! This is why vegetable gardening is so rewarding: you…

Homemade Insecticide
Pest Control

How to Use Homemade Insecticides (Part 2)

Here are some more homemade insecticide recipes that are easy to make. Usual warnings apply: don’t use poisonous ingredients for food bearing plants and make sure to handle all ingredients with care. Hot Pepper Insecticide You’ll need: ½ cup of…

Homemade Insecticides
Pest Control

How to Use Homemade Insecticides (Part 1)

It’s difficult to deal with plant pests: they are nasty and it’s often tedious to get rid of them. For these reasons, it’s important to have an effective insecticide ready as soon as you notice plant bugs and other pests…

Downy Mildew
Pest Control

How to Get Rid of Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is a common plant disease that can be found in many gardens. At first, owners mistake this disease for a frost damage, so it often progresses until gardeners realize what’s going on. One of the main problems with…

Powdery Mildew
Pest Control

Learn to Recognize and Fight Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common plant pest all owners should know about. This fungus (botanical name Microsphaera penicilliata) affects many plants, so it’s important to know how to deal with it. Different Types of Fungal Diseases “Mildew” can mean many…

Aphids
Pest Control

How to Get Rid Of Aphids

Aphids are sap suckers that always manage to give every gardener a hard time just like other garden pests such as spider mites, tent caterpillars and Japanese beetles. There are several species of aphids that you have to watch out…

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