Garden Posts
The Obedient Plant:  A Wisconsin Native

The Obedient Plant, or Physostegia virginiana, is a showy Wisconsin native that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies and spreads rapidly.  If you are interested in adding this to your yard, read on! (more…)

Mady’s Guide to Planning a Garden

Around this time of year, I like to start my plans for next year’s garden.  If you’ve never planned a garden before, here is my simple method. (more…)

Reasons to Replace Your Lawn

While grassy lawns may be useful enough for outdoor sports and large picnics, we at Great Recession Living (in our heavily biased opinion) consider them mainly to be a massive waste of resources.  Here are the reasons why we are hoping to greatly decrease the amount of grass in our yard over the next few years: (more…)

Mady’s Guide to Growing Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks are rewarding, but can be a little tricky.  For best results, follow this simple guide. (more…)

Grow Your Own Carnations

Because of their relative difficulty (especially in the North), carnations are rarely seen outside of florist’s shops. However, there are some less common varieties that can be grown as summer annuals, and may even survive the winter in milder climates. If you are interested in having your own bed of carnations, read on! (more…)

Sunflowers of Every Size

Even if you don’t have space for the giant mammoth Russian sunflowers, or prefer perennials, there are still varieties for your garden!  Here is our list of our favorite sunflower varieties with tips on how to grow them. (more…)

Caring for Poppies in a Northern Climate

With weather as variable as it is in the Midwest, growing poppies can be tricky.  Here is our guide to anticipating all the things nature can throw at your flowers in order to maintain the highest survival rates. (more…)

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