My own little victory garden

  We added a fourth bed this weekend. In it I planted yellow corn (upper right quarter), white corn (lower left quarter), cucumbers (upper left corner) and watermelon (lower right corner). Intersecting in the shape of a cross are giant sunflowers (after the heads dry you can eat the seeds). I covered the bed with dead leaves for mulch and nutrients. ...more

Home decor: outdoor spaces

I don't know what it is about the changing seasons, but as soon as one starts slipping away and melting into another, I get the urge to redecorate some area of my house.  My husband Marcus sees it coming:  he watches me appraising some corner of our home, quietly tutting and tsking, and he knows the time has come to gird his loins, and prepare for a (possibly arduously) long honey-do list, propelled primarily by my whims.  This winter-into-spring it was all about painting our family room.  And now?  As we say goodbye to Mother's Day, and spring slips into summer? It's all about the outdoors, baby. ...more

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Digging the Dirt: Gardening Q&A

Whenever I meet knew people and tell them I'm a gardener, they have questions. Wide ranging questions that vary depending upon that individual's interest and experience.  Today's questions are a sampling of the wide-ranging variety of interests in growing. 1.  What do you think of those upside-down hanging tomato systems? ...more

 I am using the upside down planters to start my children on gardening, but I will be ...more

Growing Tiny Gardens

I admit, I’m a budding gardener. And it is so exciting that the time to order seeds and plan this years garden is upon me! Last year I ran upon a great book, Animal, Vegatable, Miracle a little too late to start a full-fledged garden, but that didn’t stop me from getting a few seeds to germinate in my less-than-desirable soil. The tiny eggplants we grew were scrumptious– so much better than those store bought monsters. And that has incitd me to do better this year. ...more

One of my favorite parts about warmer weather (aside from the fact that it is warmer) is when ...more

floral arranging

Floral Arranging, Expanding The Perennial Gardens, Cut Flowers to bring inside for entertaining.   ...more

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Sitting in my Garden

This post is going to be short today. It's a perfect 82 and sunny outside. Not many days left this summer like this. You can find me in the garden savoring the colors in the last showy blossoms of the season.   I am trying out a slideshow program called Smilebox. You can watch my slideshow below. If you have any comments about Smilebox, let me know. Also, if you can recommend other slideshow programs I'd love to hear them.     ...more

Digging the Dirt: Summer Vegetable Garden Tour

We are at the height of summer vegetable gardening across the northern hemisphere. Plants are established in their spaces and we, the gardeners, are starting see the rewards for our work. Surely a garden tour is in order, right? Keep in mind, that my garden is mostly potential at the moment, not edible produce. ...more

I kept putting off the planting and now I've resigned myself to visiting the local Farmer's ...more