Gardening: Why You Should Get Started Now

The warm air draws us outdoors and the lush blooms welcome us outside. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing (just so gorgeous), gardens have so many amazing benefits. In this day and age where we have to worry about where and how our food is grown, it’s nice to know that if you put in the effort and work hard, you can learn to be more self-sufficient. You don’t even need a large property, urban gardening is huge-think rooftop gardens and container gardens! Here are some great reasons to start or continue gardening!...more

What Can't You Wait To Do With Spring Nearly Here?

Did you remember to set your alarm clock to "spring forward" this past weekend? Those BlogHer readers who just had a recent snow storm might find this hard to believe, but the first day of spring is right around the corner....more
I sat in the sun today and got to watch my son play baseball. It was just about a perfect spring ...more

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I've been posting a lot about death recently, so let's try to focus on life...We've had our home about a year now.  I think I've mentioned before that the prior owners didn't do a whole lot of upkeep.  Here's the main "valley view" area on the side of the house when we first looked at the property......more

All Hail Broke Loose

(originally posted @ My Day Job) I gently planted the heirloom tomato plants, peppers, lettuce, herbs, and spinach in containers.  I brought them inside to protect them from a surprise freeze warning night.  I watched them closely for any signs of pests.  I was getting excited as I noticed some buds and even a few blossoms.  Dreaming of the lovely fresh veggies I would be stepping right out onto the back deck and picking for dinner this summer.  As the rain s...more
't know that tip. Now we used to have a cow..I could visit and get to know a diary farmer near ...more

I've been Gardening!

I've been gardening! I want to show you one of my new garden toys:...more

Planting a Rose Cutting - Beautiful, Vintage Garden Rose Arch

Visiting Teaching; I did it yesterday. It's a program in our church woman's organization that assigns every woman two lady visitors who come by, share a message, know your name, and help you when you need it. It's a wonderful program. Most of my good friends in my neighborhood are the result of Visiting Teaching. This is the first time I'd ever been to see Sister Baker. ...more

It's Time to Plant Lemon Verbena in Your Garden

While tarragon, lovage and lavender are major players in our huge herb garden (along with the ‘usual’ basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme), this summer we’ve cornered the local market on lemon verbena. [/caption] ...more

Turn Egg Shells into Mini Herb 'Eggling' Gardens

Whoa, finally.  Spring has sprung. For short-summered gardeners like me, it is particularly important to get started early.  My gardening team and I start many tender annuals indoors.  We avoid purchasing seedling trays or pots and try to start most seeds in biodegradable handmade pots.  Cardboard tubes, newspapers, grapefruit halves are great options—we use eggshells....more

Absolutely love it. I have been using toilet tissue rolls to start my seeds in but they always ...more