Why Marigolds Still Rock The Garden

French Marigolds

Going into our tenth season as the owners of Belleisle Gardens, we've seen many new varieties of annuals come and go. One of the most "tried-and-true" plants that we have seen consistently sell well are marigolds. They are undoubtedly still very popular in many gardens. This colorful annual gets sometimes overlooked by some gardeners because they are so easy to grow and are so readily available. I think when people think of marigolds, they automatically think of the classic orange flower … [Read more...]

Frugal Gardening Tips To Try This Season

Using boots as planters

There's no doubt that gardening can be an expensive hobby - there is no reason that it has to become a sink hole for your hard-earned money. Even though you want to grow your own flowers and/or vegetables, you still need certain things to garden: tools, soil, seed, pots, lighting, etc....  Some of the best gardening tips are free and will save you money for years to come. Here are some excellent resources for frugal gardening that are sure to save you some money! Using Eggshells for Starter … [Read more...]

Deciding When to Plant Vegetables in Your Area

Planting Calendar

Ever get stumped trying to figure out when to plant vegetables in your area? This definitely requires a little investigative work on your part. There are other variables to consider in addition to your geographical area such as the varieties of vegetables you plan on growing as well as how you will be growing (from seed or transplanting seedlings).  So when should you get your crops in the ground? My area (Zone 4B) is an area with distinct seasons which means that the vegetable growing season … [Read more...]

Apple Juice Recipes for your Juicer

Apple Juice Recipes

Surely you've heard the saying "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away"? Research shows that apples promote good health and offer many health benefits. Fresh apples can help cleanse the system, lower cholesterol, keep blood glucose levels up and aid in digestion.  They are a great source of Vitamin A and also contain Vitamin C, B and G. Aside from containing many vitamins and minerals, apples also contain phytonutrients which are believed to have powerful antioxidant effects. Studies show … [Read more...]

12 Creative & Unique DIY Plant Tags and Markers for Your Garden


Plant tags and markers are essential to keep your garden organized...but who says that your tags need to be boring?  Here's a collection of unique and creative DIY plant marker projects from across the web. Wine Cork Herb Markers What a great way to use up old wine corks!  Doesn't require a lot of "crafty" expertise - these are super easy to make! View tutorial here.   Wooden Spoon Plant Markers This is a great project to do with your kids....let them feed their creative side!  … [Read more...]