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Taylor Sievers

Taylor is a farmer-florist and owner at Sievers Blumen Farm, a fresh cut flower farm in rural Illinois. She was raised on a cattle and grain farm and grew up participating in 4-H, FFA, and several horse shows. Her main interests are cooking from scratch, creating unique bouquets for her customers, wild plant identification, and learning about plant history and uses. Taylor received her Master’s degree in Plant, Soil, & Agricultural Systems in 2016 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied cover crops and soil fertility. She and her husband are working towards their goal of a mostly self-sustaining homestead. She chronicles her flower farming and homesteading experiences on her farm blog.

marigolds and zinnias

Flowers

Can You Plant Marigolds and Zinnias Together?

Thinking of planting some marigolds with your zinnias this season but want to make sure they'll be good companions before you start? In this article, gardening expert and cut flower farmer Taylor Sievers walks through if it's safe to pair these flowers together, and what you can expect when you do.

Ranunculus Flower in Garden

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Ranunculus

If you are looking for a bright flower to compliment your garden this season, you should consider growing ranunculus flowers for their bright, and beautiful appearance! In thiis article, cut flower farmer and gardening expert Taylor Sievers walks through how to plant, grow, and care for ranunculus in your garden!

Dahlia Cuttings

Flowers

How to Propagate Dahlias From Cuttings in 7 Easy Steps

Are you trying to boost your garden stock of dahlia flowers this season? One of the simplest ways of doing this is through cuttings. In this article, gardening expert and cut flower farm owner Taylor Sievers walks through how to increase your dahlia stock, using your own cuttings.

celosia fading

Flowers

Is Your Celosia Fading? Here’s Why, and How to Fix it!

Is your celosia fading, but you aren't quite sure why it's happening? There are actually a number of different causes that make celosia lose its color. In this article, gardening expert and cut flower farmer Taylor Sievers examines why celosia flowers start to fade, and how you can fix it once it starts happening!

Zinnia Variety

Flowers

Zinnia Varieties: 21 Different Types of Zinnias

There are many different types of Zinnia varieties, so picking just one type to plant can be extremely difficult to do! These easy to grow annuals are a favorite amongst many flower gardeners. In this article, gardening expert and cut flower farm owner Taylor Sievers looks at over 20 different zinnia varieties you can plant this season.

Mint Growing in Garden

Plants

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Mint in Your Garden

Have you considered growing mint in your garden, but really aren't sure where to start? Mint can be an excellent addition to any garden if you can handle the fact that it likes to take over certain areas very quickly. In this article, gardening expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers walks through each step of how to successfully plant, grow, and care for mint in your garden.

Chrysanthemum Flower in Coral Color

Flowers

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Chrysanthemums in Your Garden

Are you thinking of adding some flowers to your garden but aren't sure which ones to add this season? The chrysanthemum is one of the most popular flowers in the entire world. In this article, flower expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers walks through how to get the best results when you plant, grow, and care for chrysanthemums in your garden.

Rabbit Smelling Black Eyed Susan

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Will Rabbits Eat My Black-Eyed Susans? How Can I Prevent it?

If you want to plant some Black-Eyed Susans this year, but are nervous that rabbits may come and eat them up, you aren't alone! Many rudbeckia enthusiasts face this question after a move, or putting their flowers in a new location. In this article, cut flower farm owner and gardening expert Taylor Sievers walks through exactly what to expect.

Zinnias Growing in Garden

Flowers

Will My Zinnias Reseed Themselves Every Year?

Zinnias are a flowering favorite for many gardeners. But if you are new to zinnias in your garden, you may be wondering if they reseed themselves. In this article, gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers examines if zinnias drop seeds, or if you'll be replanting them every year on your own.

Pink Celosia Cockscomb in Garden

Flowers

How to Deadhead Cockscomb and Celosia Flowers

Deadheadding is a popular method of pruning and allowing your flowers to return by removing dead flowers. Some flowers grow more in return when this is done, others don't. So should you deadhead your cockscomb flowers? Gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers walks through if deadheading celosia and cockscomb is a good idea or not.

Colorful Zinnias Growing in Garden

Flowers

How Far Apart Should You Space Zinnias When Planting Them?

If you are planting zinnias in your garden, you may be wondering how far you need to space them from one another, and how far the rows should be apart. In this article, gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers walks through exactly how much distance these flowers need between each other, and between rows.

Grow Carrots

Vegetables

How To Plant, Grow, and Care For Carrots in Your Garden

Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables in gardens around the world. But to get the perfect harvest, you need the perfect formula of soil conditions, climate, watering schedule, and more. In this article, gardening expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers examines how to plant, grow, and care for carrots in your garden.

Collect Zinnia Seeds

Flowers

How to Collect and Save Seeds From Zinnia Flowers

Are you thinking of collecting your own zinnia seeds so you can propagate them yourself next growing season? While this is possible to do, it takes a bit of skill. In this article, gardening expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers walks through all the steps you'll need to follow to collect and save seeds from your zinnia flowers.

Zinnias Annuals or Perennials

Flowers

Are Zinnia Flowers Annuals or Perennials? Do They Reseed Themselves?

Thinking of adding some zinnias to your garden but aren't sure if you'll need to replant them every year? Many gardeners ask this basic question, as it can cause additional work each growing season. In this article, gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers examines the zinnia flower, and whether it's an annual or perennial.

Grow Tomatoes

Vegetables

How To Plant, Grow, and Care For Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a gardener's best friend. They are commonly added to the gardens of beginning gardeners, and expert green thumbs alike. To get the perfect harvest, you need a combination of the right conditions, and a bit of luck. In this article, gardening expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers examines how to plant, grow, and care for tomatoes in your garden this growing season.

Zinnias Turning Brown

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10 Reasons Your Zinnias Are Turning Brown or Dying

Zinnias are some of the most beautiful flowers you can add to your garden. But what happens when they suddenly start turning brown, or start to die off? There's a number of different reasons this can happen. In this article, gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers examines 10 different reasons your zinnias are dying and how you can fix it.

Grow Rudbeckia

Flowers

Growing Rudbeckia: How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Black-Eyed Susans

Rudbeckia is a flower that many gardeners are familiar with. But they usually call them by their more common name, the Black-Eyed Susan. These flowers are easy to grow, and bring a splash of beautiful yellow and black coloring to any garden bed. In this article, gardening and flower expert Taylor Sievers explains how to plant, grow, and care for Black-Eyed Susan flowers.

Grow Dill

Vegetables

How to Plant, Grow, Care For, and Harvest Dill

Are you thinking of adding some dill to your garden? Dill has a variety of different uses, and is quite popular as a flavor in many cooking dishes once dried and added. In this article, gardening expert Taylor Sievers walks you through the easiest way to plant, grow, care for, and harvest dill from your garden.