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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.

INSPIRATION

Gardening Basics

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

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Fruits

Great Ways to Use Over-Ripe Bananas

Bananas are healthy and tasty fruits many people consume on a daily basis. Some even like to grow their own bananas in their gardens, provided that the climate and other conditions are favorable. Bananas can be used in many different…

Amaryllis Flower
Flowers & Blooms

How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs

Amaryllis is an excellent plant that can make winter days more colorful. Its bulbs come in many different colors: fiery red, white, candy stripes, even lavender. They can often be found at garden centers so you can purchase them to…

Flowers & Blooms

Making Bark Potting Mix for Orchids

In order to grow your Phalaenopsis orchid properly, you need to provide it with a good medium. Many orchid nurseries choose what is sometimes called “solite” This is LECA- Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate. It looks like a volcanic rock and…

Soap Bubble
DIY

How to Make an Insecticidal Soap Mix

Some of the products used to combat pests can be made using household items. There are also some very old homemade recipes people still use to get rid of insects. One of them is a homemade insecticidal soap. This type…

Aloe Vera
Plant Care

Growing Aloe Vera as a Houseplant

The Aloe vera plant is well-known for its healing properties, especially when it comes to sun burn pain. It’s also often used in moisturizers and vitamins. However, it’s also possible to grow Aloe vera as a houseplant. Aloe plant genus…

Oleander
Flowers & Blooms

The Most Common Poisonous Plants

When choosing plants to grow in our home or garden, too many times we focus on aesthetics. We tend to choose plants we find beautiful, with rich foliage and colorful flowers. When we buy plants or choose which ones to…

Strawberries
Fruits

How to Grow Strawberries

Strawberries are tasty fruits and they can be used in many different ways. You can eat them fresh, make a fruit salad, use them for cakes or even freeze them to use them in smoothies. These fruits are healthy and…

Grafted cacti
DIY

How to Graft Cacti

Grafted plants are interesting and many beginner gardeners wish to learn the basic techniques of grafting. The good news is that grafting is relatively easy to learn: with a bit of practice, anyone can become great at grafting. Grafting is…

Philodendron Cordatum
Plant Care

Philodendron Cordatum Care

Philodendrons are popular indoor plants that have been a common sight in homes for generations. They are great plants for beginner gardeners and those who are too busy to invest a lot of time in gardening: Philodendrons will typically signal…

Monstera Plant
Plant Care

Repotting Monstera Plants

Monstera plant, this tropical philodendron, is a common houseplant found in many homes. The plant, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is gorgeous and it can be grown easily. This is good news for all beginners and those without…

Bird of Paradise
Flowers & Blooms

Bird of Paradise Plant Care

The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) is a gorgeous plant native to southern Africa. In the wild, it can reach the height of 20 feet. However, as a houseplant, it typically grows between 3 and 8 feet in height. However,…

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