December is here and so is the season of homemade jams and jellies! I normally spend a fair amount of this month over a hot stove, coaxing marmalade into jelling, and cursing as I burn myself on my canning equipment. (If you are a fellow canner, you will understand my plight.) Anyhoo – This month I decided to make something a bit unconventional to give as a gift for the holidays. Strawberry tree jam. It’s delicious, has an amazing texture, and is incredibly easy to make. Continue reading “Strawberry Tree Jam”
With the holidays just around the corner, I am reminded of this fun and easy project that not only re-uses left over tissue paper from past holidays but acts as a gift itself. Several years ago I came across seed wrapping paper in the store and thought it was an incredibly awesome concept. It is essentially recycled paper that has been embedded with seeds and can be planted in the garden after use, instead of discarded in a landfill. Continue reading “Use it, plant it! – DIY Seed Wrapping Paper”
I am a big proponent of growing plants from seed. Whether you are a serious gardener or a gardening hobbyist, there are far more benefits of growing your plants from seed than buying “ready to plant” trays. Continue reading “Easy Indoor Seed Starting Guide”
Every Fall, nature adorns our trees and shrubs with festive color. The changing scenery practically invokes feelings of warmth and a desire to drink hot apple cider. Or in my case, visit a pumpkin patch – where this year I found an awesome old tractor… Continue reading “To Rake or Not to Rake? – The Benefits of Leaf Litter”
“If a healthy soil is full of death, it is also full of life: worms, fungi, microorganisms of all kinds … Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long.”
– Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, 1977
In my opinion, there is nothing on Earth more underrated than dirt. We walk on it every day without any thought, spend money and time trying to eradicate it from our homes, and dump our trash and waste into it. But the truth is, dirt, or more correctly, soil, is one of the most amazing and important things on our planet. Continue reading “The Why & How of Garden Soil Amendment”
We all have them. The rusted, bent, and virtually unusable tomato cages. Their condition is a sign of a tomato harvest well done but they cannot possibly handle one more growing season. What to do? Repurpose them! This post highlights 5 awesome ways I found to use my old cages to solve common garden problems. Continue reading “5 Ways to Re-purpose an Old Tomato Cage”
Fall is upon us. The air is crisp, my deciduous are shedding, and my perennials are ready for a long winters nap. It’s time to do my annual garden clean up. This includes not only raking leaves and tilling soil, but also ensuring that my plants are properly labeled. Continue reading “DIY Garden Markers – 5 Easy & Inexpensive Ideas”
September is here and once again I find myself up to the ears in limes. My Bearss lime tree is so full of fruit that the limbs are practically touching the ground, ready to buckle. Which is a pretty good indication it is time to harvest!
Over 300 limes was the product of this seasons harvest, with a few dozen still left on the tree. With so many limes, it can get a bit overwhelming. Continue reading “Lime Meltaway Cookies”
Old pots collecting spider webs? Sounds like it’s time for some up-cycled fun! Read on for a simple way to transform your old pots Continue reading “Easy Decoupaged Pots”
If I could convince you to grow one herb in your garden, it would most certainly be basil. With its lush green leaves, soft fragrance, and beautiful blooms it is the star of the herb garden. Basil is known for a wide variety of culinary and medicinal uses. It can also be used in the home Continue reading “How-to Prune & Propagate Basil”
The dog days of summer are upon us. Presently, my lovely dog Willow is sleeping off the heat in some ornamental grass by the house.
As a gardener, each season presents its own set of challenges. My biggest gardening woe during the summer season, surprisingly, isn’t squash bugs, fire blight, or drought. It’s actually grass. Continue reading “The “Bad” Grass List”
Does your life feel like a marathon some days? Mine sure does. That’s why I arm myself with quick and easy recipes, such as this 10 Minute Tomato Sauce, so dinner doesn’t have to add to the stress. Continue reading “10 Minute Tomato Sauce”