Audrey Stallsmith

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Audrey Stallsmith is author of the Thyme Will Tell gardening-related mystery series from WaterBrook Press and an e-book of humorous rural romances titled Love and Other Lunacies. A former Master Gardener, she has written hundreds of gardening articles for such sites as eHow, SFGate, and Dave’s Garden, as well as her own Thyme Will Tell site.

Audrey earned a B.A. degree in creative writing from Houghton College and lives on a small farm in Pennsylvania where a menagerie of pets, free-ranging poultry, and occasionally escaped livestock make horticulture a challenge—but a highly enjoyable one!

View Audrey's portfolio on Contently or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2022 | MONDAY
How to Grow Microgreens at Home

When it comes to young vegetables, microgreens are “the next size up from sprouts,” according to North Carolina University’s Cooperative Extension. In other words, microgreens are harvest...

NOVEMBER 18, 2022 | FRIDAY
This Guide to Christmas Cactus Care Encourages Festive Blooms Year After Year

As detailed in Christmas Cactus Vs. Thanksgiving Cactus, both of these holiday plants can fall under the category of Christmas or holiday cactus and can bloom in early winter. And both te...

NOVEMBER 17, 2022 | THURSDAY
How to Grow Gerbera Daisies

Although not actually a daisy, gerbera does belong to the same plant family as daisies, but it more closely resembles another relative—the sunflower. As with sunflowers, gerbera daisies’ ...

NOVEMBER 15, 2022 | TUESDAY
Master Umbrella Plant Care for a Cheerful Indoor Tree, Rain or Shine

Umbrella plants are known for their whorls of glossy leaves. When they hang downward, the leaves resemble umbrellas or—when spread wide—many-fingered hands. Schefflera can occupy bright, ...

NOVEMBER 14, 2022 | MONDAY
This Guide to Pitcher Plant Care Can Help Keep Bugs at Bay Naturally

Pitcher plants are carnivorous, which eliminates their need for plant food. Tropical pitcher plants (Nepenthes spp. ) are most often grown as houseplants, while hardier species, such as t...

OCTOBER 28, 2022 | FRIDAY
Can Hydrangeas Grow in Pots?

Can hydrangeas grow in pots? Many of these shrubs (some called snowball bushes for their spherical heads of blooms that are ideal for drying) are too large to be contained easily, growing...

OCTOBER 7, 2022 | FRIDAY
Plant Propagation 101: 8 Easy Techniques for Beginners

Seasoned gardeners talk about propagating plants a lot, but what is propagation exactly? Although the term may sound intimidating, propagation simply means an increase in numbers. As it r...

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 | TUESDAY
Maidenhair Fern Care: How to Master This Humidity-Loving Houseplant

Among the frilliest of outdoor ferns, the maidenhair also can be the most formidable to grow indoors. Don’t blame this damsel for her distress, though. Due to the thinness of a maidenhair...

SEPTEMBER 19, 2022 | MONDAY
Christmas vs. Thanksgiving vs. Easter Cactus: What’s the Difference Between These Holiday Houseplants?

Created in 1850 from a cross between Schlumbergera truncata and Schlumbergera russelliana, the true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) is now an heirloom and seldom sold online o...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 | THURSDAY
How to Grow Wisteria

Wisteria, with its grape-like clusters of usually purple blooms, often is identified with the South. However, hardy wisteria varieties such as ‘Blue Moon’ can grow as far north as USDA Zo...