Tuesday Malaise

Everyone managed to get through last weekend with out me.My furniture was delivered and lawn was worked on and, sad to say, I wasn’t there to see it. I intend to make up for it this weekend because Jim and I both have friday off.It is quite a dreary Tuesday and we are glad, as the new lawn certainly needs the rain. It would be nice to see some ground cover when we make it down.I have two new ferns, along with the hydrangea that I get to plant this weekend. I am itching to start my brand new garden.The kitchen is calling me and I am ready to do some “relaxed” cooking....more

7 Quick Tips to Garden on a Budget

I have some good news and some bad news about gardening. The bad news is that it can cost a fortune to have and maintain a garden… but the good news is that it doesn't have to! One mistake we all make when it comes to our gardens is not having a clear idea of how much we are willing to spend on it. We go into it without having a plan of attack, and end up spending way more than we had originally wanted to. ...more
katespov  that is such a great idea! I haven't ever heard of that before, but it would be ...more

Don't Use a Rototiller – Here's Why

Many beginner gardeners choose to use rototillers in their garden, yard and lawn, in hopes of making maintenance easier and clean. However, it's easier said than done. While some people see rototillers as integral garden tools, there are actually numerous disadvantages to using them. Yes, that's right: a rototiller may seem like a handy tools but it can actually do more harm than good.Read more about dangers of using a rototiller....more

Evil Blackberries, Be Gone!

I'd sure like to have a word with the chumps who carefully packed seeds or canes or whatever they brought with them from the Old Country and then carefully cultivated new Himalayan Blackberry patches in land formerly unplagued by these monstrous beasts....more

Stepping Back into the Garden

Fifteen weeks ago, our lives changed forever, as Baby A made her arrive three days late.  At seven pounds, fourteen ounces she was, from the first, a delightful little snuggler.  Now that we’ve settled back into our life together, and after much deliberation about whether this was the place to do it or whether I should start a new blog more devoted to the changes our life and lifestyle have taken, I’ve decided to return to the garden, not because everything is the same or because all of the pieces will fit as nicely and logically as they used to, but because this is the place wher...more

How to test your soil at home

Gathering soil is fun!...more

Why Garden

Often people think that they should garden, and they should. It's one of the best feelings someone can have. When you see your little sprouts come up, and eventually turn into full fledged plants. The food that you grow in your garden will taste better then any food that you have ever bought at a store....more

Project Green Thumbs: Winter garden report

 "Bush" snow peas. I watched the fluffy b...more

Making a Compost Bin

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We had a great evening with a couple of friends, good food, and drinks. We are avoiding the crowds of black Friday shoppers, though we may walk to a nearby park.Last weekend I made a compost bin for our yard. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, but one thing or another prevented me. Finally I decided to just go for it.We have a pretty small backyard and it is mostly patio. We have a few feet of grass though. I wanted to start the compost bin to reduce the waste we throw out, and for the herb garden I plan to start....more

Shutter Fence

Reclaimed Home...more