Middle of July

There's something special about that first harvest from a plant. Maybe it's because it reminds us of how good fresh veggies from the vine taste. I like to think it's that and a bit more. I spend months upon months caring for my plants. I watch eagerly for them to sprout from tiny little seeds. … Continue reading Middle of July


New Tools of the Trade

Bulb Planter What's that saying? I missed you before I met you? Hello, Bulb Planter. This month I discovered this fantastic new gardening tool. I've been using it to plant everything from Thyme to Peppers. The bulb planter is a quick and easy way to plant and does not disturb the roots of nearby plants … Continue reading New Tools of the Trade

Buzzing with Joy: Why I Garden

I noticed something special in my new garden the other day. I was sitting, imagining what it will look like in a year, and saw movement on one of my chamomile plants. A bee. A honey bee. Today I saw another one. Two honey beesWhile the garden is far from completed, it brought me great … Continue reading Buzzing with Joy: Why I Garden

June in the Flower & Herb Garden

There's something special about sitting in a new garden and seeing your first honey bee flying from plant to plant. Far from being completed, the flower and herb garden is already starting to attract the right attention. After all of the hard work and planning, the garden is really starting to come together. Along with … Continue reading June in the Flower & Herb Garden

June in the Veggie Garden

The nursery is empty and the gardens are full of life. While there is still much to be done, I've found its important to reflect and celebrate what has been accomplished in the season so far. First accomplishment. I haven't killed all my plants. Hooray! Second accomplishment. All of the plants made it successfully into … Continue reading June in the Veggie Garden

Introducing the Weeping Cherry

Somewhere along the line, I left the idea of a magnolia tree behind and fell in love with the Weeping Cherry. Sure they have more problems and require more attention. But those blooms!  They certainly make the statement I was hoping to create at the center of my new garden. Planting a Weeping Cherry is … Continue reading Introducing the Weeping Cherry

The Arrival of the Seeds

If the arrival of the catalogs was exciting, then you know the arrival of new seeds is a thrill. Images of tiny plants sprouting from the soil in the mini greenhouses fill my imagination. The joys of watching them grow, eventually moving into larger containers and under the larger grow lights. Scribbling notes on how … Continue reading The Arrival of the Seeds

Book Review for Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell

Vertical Gardening: Growing Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space by Derek Fell. If you're interested in growing a vertical garden, this book is an excellent read. It: Addresses the pros and cons to growing vertical Explains the different levels of a vertical garden (climbers, foundation, and support) Provides detailed … Continue reading Book Review for Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell

Now that’s a Tomato!

I love the flavor of pink tomatoes. Caspians and German Pinks have been my favorite tomato for several years now. Not only are they massive in size, but have excellent flavor and are perfect for my preferred way of eating tomatoes; sliced. Unfortunately, I passed on the Caspains this year and only planted German Pinks. … Continue reading Now that’s a Tomato!