Home for the Harvest

For people who just want to grow things

Author: Mary Jane Duford

  • Where to buy wheatgrass seeds

    Where to buy wheatgrass seeds

    Growing your own wheatgrass is too easy NOT to do! Here’s where to buy wheatgrass seeds so you can get started growing your own wheatgrass. Options for where to buy wheatgrass seeds The following seed companies offer high-quality wheatgrass seeds: You can also buy wheatgrass at some specialty grocers, health food stores, garden centers, and…

  • Best grass seed

    Best grass seed

    After five years of seeding and reseeding various lawns, I’ve had the best grass seed results with plain, fresh, perennial grass seed mixes without any filler ingredients. Usually, the newest and best-performing cultivars are sold by the big producers. In northern areas, the best grass seed mix is mainly Kentucky bluegrass, with perhaps a bit…

  • Earth Day tips

    Earth Day tips

    Happy Earth Day! Try a few of these Earth Day tips to celebrate the holiday this year. Here’s how to improve your home, office, yard, and commute. Pick a few of these ideas and share the tips with your friends and coworkers. Earth day tips: Connecting with nature Earth day tips: Around the house Earth…

  • Lawn care

    Lawn care

    Proper lawn care can turn your turf into the envy of the neighborhood or the perfect playfield for your kids! Here’s how to grow healthy grass that can withstand pests, weeds, and drought. Lawn care basics General lawn care & maintenance Lawns serve different purposes. Consider the reason for your lawn before deciding on a…

  • Landscaping tips

    Landscaping tips

    It’s time to love your garden! Landscaping is not limited to parks and estates. Every residential home can benefit from a thoughtful yard design and garden layout. Here’s how to create your own plan with landscaping tips to get started creating your dream yard! Landscaping basics for homeowners Landscaping can dramatically improve the look and…

  • Wreath supplies

    Wreath supplies

    Wreaths are easy to make when you’ve got the right wreath supplies! Here are the basic materials you’ll need for wreath-making (in any season). Wreath supply materials list TIP: Basic wreath-making supplies like frames/forms and floral wire are in high demand in October-December and may be out of stock. Buy them when you see them…

  • Types of seeds

    Types of seeds

    There are many different types of seeds offered for sale to home gardeners. Vegetable seeds, flower seeds, and herb seeds sold in garden centers and online can carry many labels, including “Open-Pollinated”, “Heirloom”, “Organic”, “Hybrid”, and “Non-GMO”. Read on to learn all about the different types of seeds you can get for your garden. Open-pollinated…

  • Hummingbird food recipe

    Hummingbird food recipe

    The basic hummingbird food recipe is plain sugar water prepared in a ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and then boiled on the stove to destroy harmful pathogens. The homemade nectar is cooled and can then be used in hummingbird feeders, with the extra nectar stored in the fridge for later. Hummingbird…

  • Mulch


    Mulch is the layer of material that sits on top of the bare mineral-based soil in your yard. The term is generally applied to plant-based landscaping materials applied to manicured landscapes. While the most memorable example of mulch is perhaps the bark mulch in the local schoolyard, there are countless types of mulches available for…

  • 5 wood privacy fence ideas

    5 wood privacy fence ideas

    A privacy fence made of solid wood panels can turn an urban backyard into a private outdoor oasis. Just as curtains make your living room feel less like a fishbowl, a wooden fence can make your yard feel like an extension of your house. It’s amazing how a few fence posts and wood fence panels can…

  • 10 ideas for hanging plants

    10 ideas for hanging plants

    Here are some fresh new ideas for hanging plants and indoor hanging planters you’ll love. Whether you’re looking for traditional hanging planter options or totally unconventional hanging plant holders, there’s something perfect for every type of hanging plant. 1. Kokedama moss ball hanging plants Kokedama is basically hanging plants without hanging plant holders. Instead of…

  • How to make a round concrete table top

    How to make a round concrete table top

    Am I the only one dreaming of patio furniture that’s WAY outside the budget!? We are remodeling the new sundeck at my folks’ newly-renovated mid-century modern rancher. After realizing that the round dining table my mom wanted was crazy expensive, my dad and I came up with a plan to make a DIY patio table…