Hosta Love

In California, I grew roses....more

Brussels Sprouts Fail brussels sprouts were an epic fail. Not that they didn't grow but that they only grew so much and then just....stopped. I knew it was risky business when I got the last two transplants at the nursery and the employee who found them for me reminded me that it was pretty late to be planting brussels sprouts but, "Hey, you can always eat the greens!" Eat the greens?...more

In Praise of Quince

My husband has made me a convert to quince. Thanks to him we have 7 quince plants in our garden....more

SpringTime is Garden Time

The transition time between the frigid, wet winter (yes, it gets cold and wet in Southern California too!) and the heat of the summer is, by far, my favorite time of the year. Growing up on the East Coast, spring came in spits and spats with the crocus bulbs blooming through patches of snow and the first robin spotted on the front lawn that looked like it had not seen the sun for months. But once the snow was completely gone and people braved the outdoors wearing only a t-shirt (even though it was still cool outside) you knew that spring had finally arrived in all its glory....more

love your mother, eat your yard

As an Earth Day special edition (yes, I know Earth Day isn't until tomorrow, but I wanted to give you time to read and plan), I thought I'd run with the recycling thing. So, rather than rewriting something you already know about saving the earth, I decided to recycle electrons and send you links to sites that are doing more than I ever could....more

Oh pepper plants, why do you tease me so?

I was a wee bit disappointed today to find out from one of my favorite market vendors that I can't plant peppers for another three weeks. Apparently they are not hardy plants and won't bounce back if we get a late frost. However, I do have a few tomato plants in the ground - Better Boy, Beefsteak, and Cherokee Purple - and today I planted a small selection of herbs in my brand new herb garden. A little rosemary, lavender, oregano, sage and tarragon to start. Still, I really want those peppers! ...more

I was dreamily looking at all of the new garden supplies, perrinals, and annuals...But sadly ...more

Emergency Plan = Plant Plan

As I think about all the crazy "spring" weather we've been having here in Michigan, I can't help but think about being prepared for things like power-outages, and other crazy weather-induced distasters. I'm a (noob) gardener, so emergency planning and plant planning are essentially, in my mind, the same thing....more

A mossy situation. DIY terrariums and more.

So, I guess it's time to fess up I quit going to the gym. It's not that I couldn't cut it, but really, I prefer to do things quietly in the fortitude of my own home. Plus, if I had my significant other tell me how to breath properly one more time, it was going to bring our newly mended relationship to a crumbling halt. Okay, yeah. I breath wrong. I breath in during the hard part and out during the easy part. If I still hurt the next day, you can't tell me exercise doesn't work if I'm breathing wrong....more