Keep off my (very small) lawn

My son does not like the backyard in our new house. In our old house, there was a big backyard that was mostly flat and it was perfect for water battles and running around. In the new house, the backyard mostly consists of a hill (that will be great for sledding on), but we definitely can't have water battles there. ...more

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


Jim and the girls get to go to Undisclosed today. Without me…**sigh** Furniture, allegedly, is getting delivered today, along with dirt for the makings of our front lawn. I have a social obligation which requires me to stay in the city this weekend.It is hard to be a “bachelorette” when you are used to being part of a couple.There would have been a time that I thought I’d be all excited to be alone for the weekend. Pretty bad when sleeping and cable look good. ...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

Quiet time

y girls gently woke me this morning: one with her pants, and the other with her paws. I respect leaky plumbing…lol As Jim is the one they normally would go to, I figured it was my turn to get them out.It is a breezy late evening, with a wind blowing through the trees. I have a beautifulJapanese Maple in the front of the house, and even in the darkness, the color of theleaves are brilliant.I think it is one of the reasons my father liked this house. ...more

Doggie Deposits, Far From Fertilizer

Dog owners take note: Contrary to popular belief, doggie deposits do not make for good fertilizer – quite the opposite in fact....more

To Keep Pets Healthy, Keep the Yard Clear of Their Waste

Last year, United States pet owners collectively spent upwards of $26 million dollars on veterinarian care and over the counter medicines for their furry loved ones....more

7 Tips to Prevent Dog Urine Spots on Your Lawn

If you have a dog, then chances are you also have brown spots on your lawn. This happens because dog urine is rich in nitrogen, which is known to kill grass when concentrated amounts collect over time....more
I use Dog Rocks in my dogs water bowl, and my lawn is now patch free!more

The Law of the Jungle

I think I’m cheating on my lawn guy.He showed up the other day to cut my grass and it didn’t take but a minute for me to see the betrayal register on his face.  “That’s another guy’s mulch.  And the bushes are trimmed.  Wait, are those new window well covers?”...more

Adventures in a student garden

I was trying to find a safe spot for sunbathing in the garden of my student house in Hertfordshire when I discovered a sprout of spring onion in the knee high grass....more

Seriously, they stole my idea! There is a massive more