Category Archives: Gardening

Homemade Pot Labels

Having been in the farm/garden/nursery business for many years, it always seemed to me that the buying of pot labels was a chore.  You have to buy specific ones for every item.  You have to buy in multiples of 100 … Continue reading

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Blueberry Time – How to tell if they are ripe.

At Highland Garden House we have a few blueberry bushes; they are a nice landscape shrub and provide some fresh blueberries in July and August for our breakfast guests, and enough to freeze for winter use. This post is not … Continue reading

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Home made bird ‘suet’ feeder recipes

Been buying these cakes for years and use them all Winter.  The variety of birds that you attract is greatly increased, as some birds do not really go for the dry seed in my tube feeder. As long as you … Continue reading

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Summer Grape Pruning

I have grown several varieties of table grapes for the past few years.  I started to get some pretty good crops two years ago.  I had thought that all you had to do was the winter pruning: follow the instructions … Continue reading

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Pureed Winter Soup

I was trying to ‘mix-up’ my soup making and decided that taking what was at hand and ‘repurposing’ it was the solution.  Using this method you can enhance and ‘disguise’ vegetables in addition to making them nutritious and delicious! This … Continue reading

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All the Secrets to Growing Great Sunflowers for Cutting

Want to grow show-quality sunflowers in your own garden that can be cut for bouquets?   I grew flowers for cutting for many years at Rainwater Farm on Orcas Island.  Now I take these skills and use them in my own … Continue reading

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Edible Landscaping at the B and B

In landscaping your B and B grounds, or just your home yard, you may have overlooked a very simple way to make your grounds not only beautiful but edible!  With a thought toward supplementing your table offerings with pickings from your landscape, … Continue reading

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Hardy Bananas – Part II

This is a follow-up post to the Tropicals blog post. After 3 years in the ground from a gallon pot, this hardy banana plant needed more room.  Or was it I that needed more room?  Growing to 8 feet each … Continue reading

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‘Heaven on Earth’ Roses

A really nice rose that we have at the back entrance.  It is named ‘Heaven on Earth’ but our nickname for it is ‘Hey sailor, lookin’ for a date?’  🙂   Take a look at the pictures.  These fully double roses have … Continue reading

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Biodegradable Tomato Cages

With the Spring planting season upon us, many of us are putting in Tomato plants.  Every year I seem to put in more and more, as I have found a super way to preserve them, see this previous blog post. … Continue reading

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