It's Winter: Plan Right Now for a Successful Summer Garden

I stand at my window on a cool, damp January day, beginning the important first step of gardening: planning. At the moment, the garden beds harbor perennial plants storing up moisture and energy for the next year's growth. The lawn is bright green with a weedy annual grass that will die with the first hint of temperatures over 80 degrees. Weeds are dominating both the lawn and garden beds. ...more
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Eating Local Made a Little Easier

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Confession: I do not recycle.

There, I said it. I can see the disappointment on your face; the sideways smirk, a slight "tsk." And it makes me want to hide under the table and suck my thumb. There are things I think I do to help the environment and as much as I'd like to think I'm jumping on the GREEN bandwagon, I've more or less took hold - but my body is dragging along, pulled at top speed, hitting every rock and tree along the way. Therefore with this new year, I'm going to try to be, as much as I can be: Green"ish." ...more

Julie & Julia Round 2: Spicy California Gumbo

From time to time, I'm likeThe Beatles - I get by with a little help from my friends. ...more

Happy is Hard

It’s hard to stay the course and true North when a Category 5 hurricane hits home! Let’s call it Mother. I’m bobbing and weaving, bobbing and weaving. Avoiding landmines in the living room and booby traps at the dinner table… And as if that weren’t hard enough, I started a whole body detox?...more

Alpine Strawberries: Perfect Fruit for Small Garden Spaces

Rhonda Fleming Hayes I was singing the praises of Alpine strawberries across the table at the Master Gardener luncheon, when I thought I might as well shout across the blog about them too. I think alpine strawberries are about as near to perfect as a plant can be. Gardeners looking to expand their edible landscapes and new kitchen gardeners should really have this red berry on their radar. Even my dog loves them! Read more about it on The Garden Buzz. ...more

Blogging Virgin Often Qualifies for Senior Discounts

 I decided to learn about and begin blogging for a couple of reasons. I need to keep my brain challenged by learning new things.  I want to understand the challenges my daughter is facing as a parent in this constantly changing world where technology has created an entirely different environment for her to be parenting in than what I was faced with raising her and her sister. ...more

Tofu: What It Is, Recipes, Different Types and How To Use Them

 I utilize tofu often in my cooking and baking recipes. It's very easy to work with and so versatile. I am often asked what to look for when buying tofu, and the answer to that really comes down to what you are using the tofu for, so I thought I would include a rundown of the different varieties and what each kind is ideal for. ...more

Plants Gone Postal

I love online shopping. I buy most of my clothes and shoes through the interweb. Zero crowds, sales abound and somehow I always manage to get into in-store fights at Saks. Don’t mess with the tattooed girl! ...more

Garden Catalogs: Getting Behind the Birds, and Now the Bees

Rhonda Fleming Hayes Hopefully by now you've amassed a good-sized pile of well-thumbed garden catalogs, already marked with sticky tabs and yellow highlighter, or at least a few turned-down pages. I'm still hoping to spend some more quality time with mine and a mug of hot chocolate. Or maybe you're glued to the computer screen dazzled by the bright colors and earnest promises of the seed... Read the rest at  ...more