Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs in the Garden

A quick visual card to identify the bugs you find in your northeast garden to be sure you are hand picking the right “bad guys” and leaving the “good guys” to do their jobs. ...more

5 Benefits of Planting Your Own Food Garden

Most people don’t enjoy going to the grocery store. It’s a mundane chore you put off all week, and when you finally venture out on Saturday, all the produce is picked over. The muted, pinkish tomatoes sit blankly in their rows. The wilted lettuce doesn’t look very appetizing. You can’t even find an apple without an ugly bruise. Now try getting your kids to eat those fruits and vegetables. ...more
Maybe you should try growing collard greens or kale, those two plants don't require a lot of ...more

Pallet Vertical Succulent Garden

I have been wanting to do this project for over a year. This pallet has literally been sitting in my backyard just waiting for me to get motivated ... and I am thankful I finally did! After much Pinterest educating, I tackled this long-overdue project. Can you tell I love succulents? This now is the fourth or fifth succulent project I have made! ...more
I've always wanted to try this!!!more

Succulents in Raised Beds

My first post here.  I do not understand where I might findhow to upload my own photographs from my desktop.Above is an image from one of my blogs.I'm an organic gardener for fun.  All of what I plant isfrom seeds, cuttings or cross pollinization that I toyed with. Would someone direct me in comments how Imight upload ? ...more
Caroline Gerardo If the image is showing a red X then that usually means you have not used the ...more

What to Do When Herbs Take Over Your Garden

So, I have to tell you all about my new favorite kitchen accessory. It was a gift from my soon-to-be mother-in-law. These Ball jar freezer cubes are ahhh-amazing!!! ...more
Sharelle10 Yay! It is so fantastic to have them ready to go when you want to spice up a recipe!more

Gifts from the Garden

Last week it was so wonderfully cool and wet that I got the whole garden weeded in the matter of a couple of hours.  Then we went away for the weekend and when I returned.......more

How to Grow Your Own Snack Garden

My husband and I both work full-time, which means weekday interactions with our children take place in the morning before 8am and the evening after 5:30pm.  Frankly, those times are not when I'm "at my best," nor are my children or my husband. We see each other when we're groggy eyed, somebody inevitably is still sleeping deeply and needs to be cajoled out of bed. Somehow, on the weekends, our children play a cruel joke on us by waking up way earlier than they do on school days. ...more

Is Your Garden Toddler Proof?

It’s almost summer, which means your toddler will soon be running around the backyard in bare feet ready to explore and get dirty. This time of year is great for kids since they can run and play and soak up the sun to their heart’s content. The problem is that many parents work hard to baby proof their home but don’t think to make sure their yard is safe....more

yard updates

With having some time off, I happily got some home/yard projects done. My dad is retired and super handy so he came over a couple times to help me out with projects. My mom came as well and helped me with yard work and garden planning. Our biggest project was fixing up the old trellis/archway that is at the entrance to our upper yard. Pittsburgh is super hilly, so our yard is basically three levels. You go up a flight of stairs to get to our front door. Then when you go outside our back door, there is a patio, then you go up another flight of stairs to get to the upper yard. It's weird....more

Have green thumbs? Plant a garden this summer.

Does your loved one have a ‘look’ that is expected every time the sun shines – that of someone with dirty knees and a green thumb?...more