Chatting by the Garden Gate

So glad you stopped by to chat for a moment!

So glad you stopped by today!


Hi Friends!

It’s so nice to chat by the garden gate for a few moments…

We are having glorious weather here today! I spent the whole morning in the garden ~ weeding, trimming the Quince bush, and pulling out some groundcover that was quickly taking over a perennial bed. As I was working, I thought about two easy, helpful garden tips to share! I ‘pinned’ both of these ideas on Pinterest last Spring and couldn’t wait to try them. After a whole year of “testing” these ideas, I think they are worth sharing with gardening friends. They worked great in our garden over the past year!

A natural weed preventer!

A natural weed preventer!

Weeds grow quickly on the flagstone patio, surrounding our old stone grill. Typically, I have to pull the weeds growing between the flagstones every few weeks all summer long. There is an easy solution, using something you probably have in your kitchen right now.

First, pull the weeds from between the flagstones. Then sprinkle the area with baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate). You can use the old box that has been freshening your fridge! Water the baking soda into the soil between the flagstones. New weeds will not germinate. (Be careful not to sprinkle the baking soda on desirable plants.) Baking soda also prevents weeds from growing in sidewalk or driveway cracks. It was a great solution to a problem area in our backyard!



We grow Hostas in many parts of our shady garden.

Hostas grow in many parts of our shady garden.

Hostas thrive on our shady front porch!

The same Hostas thrive on our shady front porch!

We have Hostas growing in shady areas throughout our yard. Did you know that Hostas also make great container plants?  Last Spring, I dug up Hostas from the yard and planted them in these containers for the front porch. They thrived on our shady porch throughout the summer. When the weather turned cold, I just moved the pots to our unheated garage for the winter. During our extremely cold winter months, I only watered the pots twice. When the weather warmed up in early Spring, the Hostas were already poking up through the soil in their pots in the garage. So, I moved the pots back to the front porch and watered them well. They are growing quickly again this year! I will fertilize them a bit during this growing season. Instead of just filling containers with annuals, it’s easy to grow perennials in containers, too!

It’s so nice to use what you already have… with wonderful results!


Happy gardening!


P.S.  Do you have a favorite tip to share with our gardening friends?