About Kris_Wetherbee

I was born and raised under the green thumbs of my parents, who instilled in me a love of gardening. Through the years I've developed my skills, learned the ropes and nurtured that passion through classes, studies and other learning opportunities as well as professional experience that includes time spent as a certified organic market grower, garden coach and designer. Together with my husband we have developed, nurtured and maintained several gardens on our own property, including a Tuscan courtyard garden, cottage garden, herb garden, wildlife garden, kitchen garden, and a fruit and berry orchard.

  1. Garden Solutions Center Growing Cabbage

    Hi Dan. The easiest way to get rid of aphids is to spray the plant with an insecticidal soap spray, which can be purchased at the garden center of your local Kmart. Introduce natural predators to your…
  2. Home & Family Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Enjoyed your article Leslie--lot's of good information. By the way, here's a link to another Kmart post on houseplants that purify the air. https://www.kmart.com/community/gardensolutionscenter/best-i…
  3. Garden Solutions Center A Taste of Honey

    There have been many studies of using honey for wounds, including bed sores. And it's proven to be quite effective, especially the darker honeys--again, high levels of antioxidants.
  4. Garden Solutions Center A Taste of Honey

    It's true that the best benefits in dealing with seasonal allergies is local honey--that is if your only allergies are to local plants. If I visit another town or state at the height of their allergy …
  5. Garden Solutions Center Cooking with Quinoa

    Hi Julie! I've also noticed that letting the cooked quinoa cool down before adding other ingredients also helps preserve the integrity/texture of the grain. What I usually do is make a batch, which wi…
  6. Garden Solutions Center Cooking with Quinoa

    Hey petfam--you will love having a rice cooker, especially this Kenmore as it can also be used to also steam veggies and fish. I'll put quinoa or rice to cook in the rice cooker, then the last 10 minu…
  7. Garden Solutions Center Best Indoor Plants

    Hi Petfam! Chinese evergreen has always been a reliable and very easy to grow plant for me. What are some of your current favorites in your collection?
  8. Garden Solutions Center Best Indoor Plants

    Both are excellent plants for your apartment. In fact I would put Janet Craig on the "extremely tough to kill" list. It is such a resilient plant. Enjoy!
  9. Garden Solutions Center Hearty Soups and Stew

    Hi lovenlife44! I used to live in southern California as well and enjoyed soups and stews most any time of year--well, except during the heat of summer, of course. Hope you and your family enjoyed bot…
  10. Garden Solutions Center Poinsettia Care

    A lot depends on the temperature of the freeze (was it a light frost or a hard freeze), and how long the temperature/freeze lasted--all night or barely one hour. I would wait a month before cutting ba…
  11. Garden Solutions Center Holiday Cookies and Vintage Cookie recipe

    I find myself baking cookies just so I can use the pan. It's quick, easy, and fast. What's not to love about that!!
  12. Home & Family Cleaning Tips to Tackle the Bathroom ~ Leslie Reichert

    Enjoyed your article. Many of your suggestions I've been doing for decades and they do make a big difference in paring down actual time spent cleaning the bathroom. And I especially love your tip on t…
  13. Garden Solutions Center Dehydrating Food & Wetherbee's Dried Cherry Almond Muffins

    So glad you enjoyed the blog! Once you have your dehydrator you'll wonder how you ever did without. My blogs are posted weekly and you'll find recipes on most. FYI, if you ever have any garden, food, …
  14. Garden Solutions Center Walnut Basil Pesto with a Twist - Garden To Table Cooking

    What's great about this pesto is that you can use it in so many ways: as a topping for baked potatoes, steak, hamburgers or chicken; tossed with pasta, pasta salads, potato salad or rice; served with …
  15. Garden Solutions Center Summer Squash Varieties – Garden to Table Cooking

    Sounds delicious. Squash and basil pair so well together--the perfect summer pasta meal!!
  16. Garden Solutions Center Sensational Spring Blooms

    Marigolds are a great companion in the garden as their nectar-rich blooms attract lady beetles, lacewings, and other beneficial insects that feast on bad bugs.
  17. Garden Solutions Center Three Easy Steps to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

    So sorry for the late reply as I just saw your question. There are plenty of natural substitutes for fertilizing flowers. Compost and aged manure are easy and ideal, and you can pick up a bag of steer…
  18. Garden Solutions Center How to Grow Tomatoes: Garden to Table Tips

    I am so happy that I finally found my favorite tomato variety of all time -- Black Prince -- at my local K-Mart yesterday. This flavorful heirloom is worth growing and eating!
  19. Garden Solutions Center Three Easy Steps to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

    A sunny back porch is an ideal place to grow stargazers in containers. The main difference between planting in the ground versus planting in the container is the soil. For containers, you want to use …
  20. Garden Solutions Center Three Easy Steps to Plant Summer Flowering Bulbs

    Your daughter is going to be so thrilled with her lily stargazers! This Oriental hybrid was developed in Oregon and emits such a beautiful fragrance. And the added bonus is that the flowers are a nect…
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