Chigger bites: How to get rid of chiggers and treat their bites

harm's woods

Featured image: Harm’s Woods, Cook County What are chiggers? Chiggers are bugs or mites, so microscopically tiny that you can barely even see them but you sure can feel them! Their scientific name is actually, ‘trombiculid mites’ but they reside under lots of other titles depending on where you live – harvest mites, harvest bugs, …

Poison Ivy Rash: What does it look like and how do I treat it?

what does poison ivy look like?

Feature image: Gardenista Poison ivy is incredibly prevalent throughout the US, in fact, there are hardly any locations where this plant doesn’t grow, just Hawaii and Alaska and some desert locations. Poison ivy produces oil called Urushiol that gives most people who come into contact with it, a very uncomfortable rash.  Urushiol is a sticky …

Fun things to do with kids in the garden when you’re in lockdown

rope swing in the garden

Fortunately, the lockdown for the Coronavirus has coincided with spring rather than winter so at least the days are getting longer and brighter and the weather is warming up.  This makes it so much easier to spend time out of doors with your kids. Fresh air and exercise make everyone feel better and it will …