Strawberry Tree Jam

Strawberry Tree Jam

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 […]

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Use it, plant it! – DIY Seed Wrapping Paper

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 […]

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Easy Indoor Seed Starting Guide

Start Seed Indoors

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.

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To Rake or Not to Rake? – The Benefits of Leaf Litter

Benefits of Leaf Litter

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…

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The Why & How of Garden Soil Amendment

How to amend garden soil

“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 […]

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5 Ways to Re-purpose an Old Tomato Cage

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.

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DIY Garden Markers – 5 Easy & Inexpensive Ideas

DIY Garden Marker

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.

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Lime Meltaway Cookies

Lime Meltaway Cookies

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 […]

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Easy Decoupaged Pots

DIY Decoupage Pot

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

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The “Bad” Grass List

Dog grass awns

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.

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10 Minute Tomato Sauce

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.

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Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumbles

It’s Friday night. I have a hankering for something sweet. I search the cabinets for some chocolate… nothing. I search the freezer for some ice cream… nothing. I decide to make cookies… no eggs.

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