Garden videos
like us, are you tired of no "G" in HGTV? well if you are you are in luck. we started our own youtube channel and i got kellie to join in. so come along with us and stroll through our gardens, get inspired, learn and most of all laugh.


OUR NEWEST VIDEO,

WE READ IT WAS HARD TO GROW. BUT WE WANTED TO TRY IT ANYWAY. WHEN WE THOUGHT THE SEEDLINGS DIED, THEY APPEARED TWO YEARS LATER, THEN THRIVED AND MULTIPLIED.

THE PURPLE MILKWEED IS A PERFECT PLANT FOR YOUR GARDEN. MILKWEED IS THE HOST PLANT FOR THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY AND AS OF THIS POSTING, THEY HAVE ARRIVED AND ARE LAYING HUNDREDS OF EGGS.

AFTER THE WORST START OF A BUTTERFLY SEASON IN 25 YEARS LIVING HERE IN NJ, A TERRIBLE HEAT WAVE HITS AFTER FIERCE STORMS.

THEN THERE WAS A MONARCH, THEN ANOTHER. THEN SWALLOWTAILS, SKIPPERS, BLUES, HAIRSTREAKS.

AND BEES, LOTS OF BEES AND WASPS. SUDDENLY, ALL WAS GOOD.

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blazing stars - a native for every garden.


A FAVORITE NATIVE PLANT IN ALL OF OUR BUTTERFLY GARDENS. IT IS EXTREMELY EASY TO GROW, MULTIPLIES WELL BUT NOT TO GREEDY IN THE GARDEN. IS AN EXCELLENT CUT FLOWER BUT BEST OF ALL, ALL POLLINATORS LOVE THIS PLANT! IF PLANTING A POLLINATOR GARDEN, THIS IS A MUST HAVE. 



BUTTERFLY GARDENING

WE HAVE BEEN BUTTERFLY GARDENING IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY FOR OVER TWO DECADES. WE HAVE FACED DEVASTATING GYPSY MOTH SPRAYING BY THE STATE AND BATTLE ON A CONSTANT BASIS AN OVER POPULATION OF DEER. BUT WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CREATED GARDENS THAT ATTRACT MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES AND VAST AMOUNTS OF OTHER POLLINATORS.



MILKWEED, PLANT IT AND THEY WILL COME.

THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY MAKES ONE OF NATURES MOST FASCINATING MIGRATIONS EACH YEAR. EAST AND MIDWEST POPULATIONS END UP IN A SMALL MOUNTAIN LOCATION IN MEXICO FOR THE WINTER AND THEN TRAVEL BACK NORTH EACH YEAR. ON THEIR WAY TO AND FROM THEY DEPEND ON A SINGLE PLANT FOR FOOD. MILKWEED.





WEEDING WITH KELLIE! YEP, THIS IS FUN.

SO WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TAKEN CARE OF THE YARD FOR YEARS, WHILE YOUR WIFE TAKES CARE OF THE INSIDE AND YOU HAVE DOUBLE HERNIA SURGERY AND CANNOT DO ANYTHING. WELL YOU HAVE KELLIE DO IT ALL OF COURSE! THIS IS ACTUALLY FUNNY AS KELLIE IS NOT A GARDENER, BUT SHE IS LEARNING NOW!






LIGULARIAS, LARGE LEAVED AND DEER PROOF.

IF YOU ARE LIKE US YOU LIKE TO HAVE STRUCTURE IN THE GARDEN. DIFFERENT LEAF TYPES ADD TO THAT. ONE OF THE BEST PLANTS FOR THAT ARE HOSTAS, BUT THOSE ARE JUST A BUFFET FOR DEER HERE IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY. SO WE HAVE FOUND AN AMAZING FOOL PROOF REPLACEMENT, LIGULARIA, THE ROCKET.




AN AMAZING VISITOR TO THE GARDEN, THE HUMMINGBIRD MOTH

EVERY YEAR WHEN THE GARDEN PHLOX BLOOM THIS AMAZING DAYTIME FLYING MOTH MAKES ITS APPEARANCE IN THE YARD. JUST ANOTHER OF NATURES AMAZING CREATURES THAT ARE AMONG US EACH DAY THAT NO ONE REALIZES. THEIR HABITAT IS BEING DESTROYED EACH DAY AND THEY LACK FLOWERS FOR THEIR SURVIVAL. PLANT A BUTTERFLY GARDEN TODAY!  OK ITS A MOTH, BUT MOTHS ARE GREAT TOO LETS NOT FORGET.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT, A BOG GARDEN

ALWAYS HAD A FASCINATION WITH PITCHER PLANTS, VENUS FLYTRAPS, SUNDEWS. AS WELL AS ALL OF THOSE PLANTS THAT LIVED IN THE BOGS, ALONG STREAMS. SO WE DECIDED TO ADD A BOG GARDEN. FULL OF PITCHER PLANTS, NATIVE ORCHIDS AND PLANTS THAT CALL THE BOG HOME. ITS EASIER TO MAKE THAN YOU THINK AND IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE GARDEN.

THE BUTTERFLY GARDENS

WHEN WE MOVES INTO THE HOUSE, THE FRONT YARD WAS TORN UP TO REPLACE THE SEPTIC TANK. ONLY A DOGWOOD TREE AND SOME NASTY EVERGREENS ALONG THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE COMPRISED THE FRONT YARD. SO WE TORE OUT THE NASTY EVERGREENS THAT HID THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE, AND CUT BACK ON THE LAWN AND LANDSCAPED MULTIPLE BUTTERFLY GARDENS. SOMETHING WE ASK EVERYONE TO DO, ITS WORTH IT!

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KOBALT LITHIUM GARDEN TOOLS - LOWES

LAST YEAR WE GOT RID OF ALL OF OUR GAS POWERED GARDEN TOOLS AND REPLACED THEM WITH THE LINE OF LITHIUM GARDEN TOOLS FROM LOWES, KOBALT. HAVE TO TELL, YOU THIS IS THE BEST THING WE EVER DID. LIGHT, EASY TO USE, POWERFUL, BATTERY IS LONG LASTING. THE BEST THING BESIDES NO GAS AND FUMES IS THE SOUND. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE  HOW QUIET THE MOWER AND BLOWER IS. JUST AN AMAZING SET OF TOOLS FOR THE GARDEN. IT HAS MADE WORK A LOT EASIER.

KOBALT LITHIUM CHAIN SAW IN ACTION

A NEIGHBORS TREE FELL ACROSS THE FENCE AND INTO THE POND PUNCTURING THE LINER. WE NEEDED TO CUT IT UP AND REMOVE IT. BUT I HATED MY CHAIN SAW AND DECIDED TO MAKE A MOVE TO LITHIUM POWERED. CHOSE THE KOBALT LINE AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL LOWES. I CHOSE WISELY, AN EASY TO USE LITE WORK CHAIN SAW STILL CAPABLE OF FELLING SOME PRETTY LARGE TREES AND CUTTING UP LOGS WITH A GREAT BATTERY LIFE.

KOBALT LEAF BLOWER - A BIG SURPRISE!

AFTER BUYING THE CHAIN SAW AND LAWN MOWER WE BOUGHT THE LEAF BLOWER. I WAS NOT SURE THIS WOULD HAVE ENOUGH POWER OR BATTERY LIFE TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THE LEAF ISSUES IN THE FALL AND LATE WINTER IN THE YARD. BUT THIS WAS A HUGE SURPRISE. LIGHT WEIGHT AND REAL EASY TO USE, LONG BATTERY LIFE,  GREAT POWER AND BEST OF ALL, MAYBE ONLY AS LOUD AS A POWERFUL HAIR DRYER! WATCH AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. THIS IS A GREAT LINE OF TOOLS FROM LOWES!


SUNBURN AND POISON IVY - AVOID IT!

IF YOU GARDEN HERE IN THE NORTHEAST AND EVEN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY YOU WILL GET SUNBURNED, BIT BY INSECTS OR GET POISON IVY, OAK OR SUMAC IF YOU DO NOT TAKE JUST A FEW EASY PRECAUTIONS. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS ON NAKED GARDENING DAY IF YOU DON'T. UGH!