Pruning for Creativity

Originally posted on Maybe There Will Be Cupcakes in July 2015-  Last week, I signed up to water our school garden.  The science department has a super impressive situation out back, with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and about five planters of herbs....more

Please . . . stop helping me.

 When I moved from a house with a yard to a townhouse with a tiny outdoor space, I knew that I was going to have to make some gardening adjustments.  Three years on, I have finally found the formula for success: limit the number and size of the perennials and plant different annuals every year to provide the variety that I crave....more

Tiny Flower Pot Conatiners

Hey Hey,We had a beautiful day here in New York after a week of rain. Today was the perfect day to get outside and do some gardening. After planting flowers in our window boxes, we had a few flowers left over and inspiration struck when I noticed these in my kitchen......more

The Secrets Of Bougainvillea: Sharing All I Know About This Colorful Plant

What I’ve Learned About BougainvilleaTo learn more about bougainvillea and all things garden visit Joy Us garden, where Nell shares her expertise and passion about gardening and beyond....more

What To Do In A Drought With A Non Drought Tolerant Garden

Ways To Help Conserve Water In The Garden...more
Very in-depth and informative. Perfect for all gardeners whether in a drought or not. Thanksmore

The very beginning

I grew up with a mad gardner: my mother. A mid-life move saw her start from scratch in the middle of an empty paddock with stunning results. Here, more than 15 years later, I am in my early 40s and facing the same challenge, creating a garden in an empty space. Well nearly. My space isn't anywhere near as large, and it boasts two more trees than she had. Sadly this is not an advantage - one I've yet to properly identify but is evergreen with little lilac flowers and it's in the wrong place, and the other is a scraggly nectarine that failed to fruit this past summer....more

A Quick & Easy Way To Clean & Sharpen Your Pruners

You can see this blog post, video included,  at Joy Us garden. This where Nell shares all her gardening tips....more

Fixing my tomato mistakes

There are few things I like better about summer than sweet, ripe tomatoes from the garden. In fact, I've cultivated quite the obsession over the last six years, trying but often failing to get the bumper crop of my dreams.My problems? In no particular order......more

Spring Gardening with OXO

The weather is insanely beautiful this time of year. I love being outside and tending to my yard and garden. A few weeks ago I planted my garden. I happy to report it’s growing like a weed flourishing  Little by little I’m tending to the rest of our yard....more