Jean Smith

Jean Smith

Jean Smith is a mother of six, organic farmer and freelance writer dwelling with her family on their five acre farm in the Thumb of Michigan. She is a self professed master gardener with over 15 years experience who loves to write and teach about her passion for and knowledge in organic gardening. You can read more of Jean's writings at her blog, For Dragonflies And Me

Companion Planting: How to use specific plants to deter damaging insects

Companion planting is an age-old practice that gardeners used to keep damaging insects out of their gardens. It involves working with nature by attracting beneficial insects with certain plants as well as specific plant combinations. Beneficial insects such as ladybugs, praying mantis and lacewings can be brought in by planting things that attract them naturally. Incorporating herbs and … Continue Reading →

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The language of flowers and herbs

As a gardener I’m ever on the quest to learn something new and exciting to apply in my gardens as well as with the bounty.  One topic I’ve been interested in learning about was the language of flowers and herbs. So being the inquisitive type, I started doing a bit of ‘digging’, no pun intended. In my digging I discovered many … Continue Reading →

How-to incorporate herbs into your table decor

I love entertaining and adding just the perfect decorative touch for the event as much as I love herbs.  Combining the two is easy and adds so much elegance to your table. Here are a few tips on how to incorporate herbs into your table décor. *Consider using pale, natural fabrics such as burlap or un-dyed linen. This allows the herbs … Continue Reading →

Tips for proper vegetable root storage

This has been a favorable growing season for both fruit and vegetables in Michigan.  My garden has been generous with her bounty and now I’m busy harvesting the root storage crops remaining in my garden. Proper root storage is essential so we can enjoy fresh veggies all winter long. Here are some tips for proper root storage. When storing your crops these … Continue Reading →

Overwintering Geraniums

Geraniums are one of my favorite annual summer blooms and with winters cold days ahead, they’ll need to be taken care of. I’ve been overwintering my geraniums for years with great success.  It’s a real money saver in the spring because I  don’t have to purchase new plants. Each year they get bigger and I take cuttings off the … Continue Reading →

Goldner Walsh Garden & Home: It's more than a garden store!

Supporting local businesses is a goal for me and I’m sure many of my readers. Goldner Walsh Garden & Home, located on nine beautiful acres in Pontiac, is one of Michigan’s oldest greenhouses, dating back to 1890. Goldner Walsh Garden & Home is more than a garden store. It’s a premier full-service landscape company, florist, specialty garden store, … Continue Reading →

Drying Herbs: Fast and easy how-to

Dried herbs can be quite expensive for a very small amount of product. If you’ve been enjoying your own home grown herbs this summer, why not enjoy them through the winter as well! Here’s a fast and easy how-to on drying herbs. Step 1: Harvest your herbs, taking into consideration that you’ll get about 1/10 finished product from what you harvest. Step … Continue Reading →

Freezing Green Peppers: Step-by-step instructions to freeze your peppers

In May, many of us planted gardens with the hope of reaping a plentiful bounty from our labor of love.  Tomatoes, peppers, onions and so much more… and now our gardens are overflowing with all that mouth watering goodness…. we’re reaping what we’ve sown. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your own peppers for chilies, soups, stir fry, fajita … Continue Reading →