Memories of Longmeadow

Once upon a time there was a house, located in a valley, on a street named Longmeadow Drive. A house surrounded with beauty by nature and the toil of hands. This house was a haven for the occupants and in addition ...more


What are you planting in your garden? Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

Sun lovers

It felt like a near-death experience. Me. Turbo kickboxing after eight months away. Burning chest, raspy breathing, nausea. And my chipper instructor was happily babbling about the weather. While I glared, I somehow absorbed her information: Low 90s this weekend. No way! Too soon.But it's almost June and in Sacramento that spells summer heat.The only thing good about it? The (five month) burst of hot sun will be fabulous for my burgeoning tomato garden....more

Spring Garden

Happy Hump Day! I just love this time of year! The weather is warming up and I love being outside, despite the agonizing allergies. I seem to be immune to all allergy medication, nothing seems to help. Any advice is greatly appreciated ...more

Spring Gifts: How to Make Seed Tape Strips

Last spring while perusing seed catalogs and my local garden centers, I came across seed tape strips. These thin strips of paper are dotted with perfectly spaced seeds, reducing the need to thin seedlings. Intrigued, I decided to make my own for a fraction of the cost. ...more
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Pau D'Arco Tea

Everyone seems to be sick these days. Coughing. Hacking. Sneezing. Germs are lurking everywhere. When I'm sick, I tend to wallow on the couch and drink tea. But what tea is best? Buffalo's own Susan Latona has some advice for us on healing tea. And as a gardener.....I love how it's plant based....more

10 Easy Steps to Creating an Indoor Herb Garden

Just because the snow is falling and the temperatures are freezing doesn't mean you have to wait until spring to get your hands in some potting soil. Planting an herb garden is a fun cold-day activity: In a few simple steps, you can create a fragrant collection of herbs to use in recipes. If you have kids, definitely get them involved—they'll enjoy watching their plants grow from little seeds to thriving plants....more
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Garden Update

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably remember I planted my first garden back in October. I thought today I’d share with you my progress. I live in a warm climate, so planting in October is absolutely normal. I planted things that would be easy for my first time. I watered and talked to my plants daily (this I’m told is totally normal). I was in turn rewarded with a beautiful thriving garden. It’s so nice to be able to go in my backyard and pick my own produce!...more

3 Garden Design Tips to Help Reduce Stress

If you’ve ever seen people running or walking outdoors, sitting on a park bench, practicing yoga in a park, or simply just being outside, you’ll know they’re doing it for a reason.And the reason is: RELAXATION. It’s scientifically proven. Being outside aids in stress.As far as design goes, there’s a lot you can do to help… HOW DESIGN HELPS...more

Peppermint oil: A rather useless squirrel deterrent

 Damn squirrels have dug up the coleus plants in the three bottom pots repeatedly!...more
Squirrels can be tough to deal with!  Mint will keep them away, but you should use the mint ...more