Spring Awakening

Sweet pea bush

I love Spring! The days are getting longer. The sunshine feels warmer. Everywhere I look I am surrounded by life. It’s a time of newness and rebirth. I feel re-energized and alive being outside. Today, I took some time to appreciate and capture what early Spring looks like in my garden. Enjoy!

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5 DIY Seed Starting Vessels

Seedlings in Egg Carton Tray

If you are like me and love to start your own seeds, you are probably familiar with the usual seed starting vessels – plastic trays and pots, soil blocks, and peat pots. But some of the best seed starting vessels, in my opinion, can’t be purchased from the store. They actually can be made from items you probably […]

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Easy Garden Project for Kids: Pinecone Bird Feeders

Winter garden craft for kids - Pinecone Bird Feeders

Spring is officially here bringing new life to the garden including the return of my favorite feathered friends. I don’t know about you, but I love wild birds.  What these small creatures endure, how far they travel, and their nearly constant motion amaze me.  After a rainstorm, I often go outside and listen to their […]

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Fall Garden Activity for Kids: Why do Leaves Change Color?

Have you ever wondered how green leaves can turn bright orange, yellow and red? I honestly never gave it much thought. Then, while on a walk with my son, he picked up a leaf and curiously asked me “why do the leaves change color?” I had no answer. Why exactly did the leaves change color each Fall? After […]

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The Lifecycle of a Sunflower

Mammoth Sunflowers

I can’t think of anything quite as fascinating to watch grow as sunflowers. From seed to flower and back to seed again, the entire life cycle of this summer flower is not only beautiful but also serves many important purposes. As a gardener, I love sunflowers because they are easy to grow, attract beneficial insects, […]

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Easy Chicken Tomatillo Tacos

Easy Chicken Tomatillo Tacos

What’s “Taco Tuesday” without a post about tacos!?! I’ve had tacos on the brain quite a bit lately due to my 4 year old’s new favorite book Dragon’s Love Tacos. I think we’ve read this story about 100 times and every time we do it makes me want a taco. Anyways, this week I found myself […]

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5 Things I Learned Growing Corn

5 Top Tips for Growing Corn

This year I found myself with extra room in the garden to plant whatever my heart  desired. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at growing corn, but never had the space or the right seeds. Corn is one of the most commonly grown GMO crops in our country, which makes finding truly GMO-free seeds […]

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Summer Garden Insects

Praying Mantis

It’s about time I wrote a post about one of my favorite things to photograph in the garden – insects. Yes, flowers are beautiful and vegetables colorful… but insects tend to make a particularly interesting photo. Although they can be hard to photograph, because they are on a micro scale and move, if you get […]

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How to Grow Epic Tomatillos

Easy tomatillo Salsa Recipe

Ever wonder what makes your salsa verde green? Surprise! It’s not green tomatoes but instead a delightful fruit called the tomatillo. You can purchase tomatillos at the grocery store (typically located near the peppers), but if you have the space I suggest growing your own. With few pest and disease problems tomatillos are easy to grow organically, prolific […]

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6 Ways to Make Your Own Organic Fertilizer

DIY Organic Fertilizers for the Garden

Organic fertilizers are not only easy and inexpensive to make but they are actually more effective then synthetic store bought fertilizers. Read on for 6 easy ways to make your own!

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Easy DIY Yard Art – Bottle Cap Flowers

Easy DIY Bottle Cap Flowers

Winter is here bringing frost, cold (relatively speaking, I live in California), and a garden lacking much in bloom. This time of year, when the color is sparse, I love to spruce things up with a bit of yard art. If you have visited any garden center or nursery you probably have noticed how pricey […]

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