Usually by December I've gone on a hiatus from gardening and taken up crafting and seed catalog browsing. This year, I did the crafting (and my hands are ready to take a break from tight toy crocheting) but I've turned my attention to succession planting. Here's a look around our garden in zone 8b on … Continue reading Succession Planting in our Garden in December 2018
Where is November going? This season is changing way too quickly for me! The other day I trimmed up some stressed summer plants to see if they could give me just a little BIT more before the colder temps set in and now it's going to be Thanksgiving Week and Jack Frost is nipping away. … Continue reading The Season is Changing, So I got to Work Harvesting and Storing
I wanted to grow Beautyberry so I took a cutting to propagate. Here’s a simple way to regrow plants from cuttings.
Previously in this blog, and across social media, I shared terrifying photos. Hornworm poop Hornworm EggsWhile their presence seems to be dwindling, I still see some signs that they are around like bare stems here and there. So after some other gardeners shared with me how much easier it is to spot hornworms at night … Continue reading Using a Blacklight to Find “Hard to Spot” Pests in the Garden
I learned how to spot hawk moth eggs and various destructive caterpillars, but could I catch the moth somehow?
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14 A couple years ago I gathered a hodge podge of tiny props and flat ground growling herbs to make my little girl a fairy garden. I had always been captivated by … Continue reading Just Use Your Imagination, and your child’s toys, to Make a Fairy Garden
I cannot believe what just defiled my garden.
Because, even a good thing can get in the way.
I must have been about 10 years old when I learned what a Lima Bean was and tasted it after picking it right off an organic vine in my Grandpa’s backyard garden. Little did I know how these brief childhood experiences would impact me for a lifetime.
My daughter has been "helping" me in the garden since she was one year old. I may have learned a little bit about plant spacing, pruning, covering exposed soil with mulch to prevent weeds, weeding, etc; but gardening with a toddler is kind of like gardening with Curious George.