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  • 6 Tips to Get Started Gardening this Spring!
    6 Tips to Get Started Gardening this Spring!

      Have you been bitten by the gardening bug? Spring is the prime season for the gardening bug to bite, so beware. Many new gardeners are bitten by the gardening bug when they buy their first home and suddenly have a yard and garden to maintain. Others are bitten by [Read More!…]

  • Fall is the Best Time to Plant a Tree!
    Fall is the Best Time to Plant a Tree!

      I marvel today as I stand in the shade of a honey locust tree I planted in my backyard almost twenty years ago. How did a tree small enough for me to carry it with one hand to its spot in the garden grow so tall and wide? It [Read More!…]

  • Resources to Learn to Grow Your Own Vegetables… Delicious & Patriotic!
    Resources to Learn to Grow Your Own Vegetables… Delicious & Patriotic!

      I think I’m a patriot every day, but during July I feel even more patriotic, often decorating my front flower borders with American flags for the fourth of July. I’ve even thought about planting containers of red, white, and blue flowers for the occasion, and then switching them out [Read More!…]

  • 7 Tips to Shop Your Garden Center in May
    7 Tips to Shop Your Garden Center in May

      It’s May, the month when shoppers from coast to coast are packing the garden centers which have been transformed in a matter of weeks from sleepy stores to bustling businesses. The once empty shelves are stocked with flats of annual flowers, and the aisles are lined with flowering shrubs [Read More!…]

  • Here's how to Easily Grow Your Heart's Desire from Seeds
    Here’s how to Easily Grow Your Heart’s Desire from Seeds

      Amazing, unique, electrifying, sensational, gorgeous, stunning, magical, awesome.  Biggest, earliest, latest, smallest. Whatever our heart’s desire is for our gardens, we can find it on the pages of a seed catalog. I read seed catalogs from cover to cover, circling varieties, dog-earing pages whenever I see yet another flower [Read More!…]

  • Plan Your Spring Garden Now Using the PLANTS Method
    Plan Your Spring Garden Now Using the PLANTS Method

      January is a month when many gardeners make a big fuss about how much they miss gardening. But secretly most of us are enjoying this break from the demands a garden can place on our time. In my climate, the only gardening taking place in January is with houseplants [Read More!…]

  • A Gardener's Guide to Autumn & a Lovely Thanksgiving Conversation
    A Gardener’s Guide to Autumn & a Lovely Thanksgiving Conversation

      For those of you who are gardeners and find yourself sitting at the Thanksgiving table next to your second cousin’s husband’s mother or your niece’s mother-in-law’s daughter or some other person who is equally welcome, but unknown to you until the very minute you sat down, I offer you [Read More!…]

  • The Wonderful Stories behind Free Garden Plants
    The Wonderful Stories behind Free Garden Plants

      The best plants in my garden were free, and each one came with a story and a memory, all for no extra charge. There is my night-blooming cereus, which is admittedly a large, gangly, awkward to manage, house plant. I inherited my night-bloomer from my Dad and have had [Read More!…]

  • Get Your Kids Out in the Garden & Have some Fun!
    Get Your Kids Out in the Garden & Have some Fun!

      I often wonder if I would have still become an avid gardener if my Dad hadn’t called me and my siblings out to the garden and let us help him sow and plant.I look back on my childhood now and remember, thanks to my Dad, I discovered gardening was [Read More!…]

  • Here’s to a Beautiful, Blooming Christmas
    Here’s to a Beautiful, Blooming Christmas

      Twas the night before Christmas and all through house, there was evidence a gardener lived there. There were bright red poinsettias on the fireplace hearth and blooming paperwhites on the mantel. Amaryllis stood at attention on the side tables, each trumpet-like flower announcing the joyousness of the season. Christmas [Read More!…]

  • This Year’s Story of My Garden & the Lessons of Life within It
    This Year’s Story of My Garden & the Lessons of Life within It

      November is the month I think of as the end of the gardening year, the last chapter in the story of the year’s garden. This year, I am thankful the story of my garden is mostly a good story. After a particularly harsh Midwest winter; I don’t recall too [Read More!…]

  • How to Leave Your Garden in the Fall
    How to Leave Your Garden in the Fall

      It’s fall clean up time in the garden. What’s a gardener to do? For all gardeners, I have one simple answer. “Leave the garden in the fall as you’d like to find it in the spring.” I give fellow gardeners this piece of advice and watch as they have [Read More!…]

  • Tips to Make Your New Garden Look Like a Beautifully Aged One
    Tips to Make Your New Garden Look Like a Beautifully Aged One

      There is beauty in old items. We love old houses, with their squeaks and quirks and evidence of years of living. We haunt antique stores, looking for “just like grandma had.” The found objects have a rich patina and surely have good stories to tell us, if they could [Read More!…]

  • “They Garden, They Don’t Garden” Road Trip Game
    “They Garden, They Don’t Garden” Road Trip Game

      When I was a kid, I think our longest road trip was three hours, which was the time it took to drive from our house to my grandparent’s house. Even for such a short trip, I suspect our cries of “Are we almost there yet?” started as soon as [Read More!…]

  • Ready, Set... March into the Garden
    Ready, Set… March into the Garden

      It’s the first of March.  There is still a nip in the breeze, but I don’t care.  The sun is out, and I’m walking up and down my front walk, hunched over, looking for the first little bits of spring in the form of tiny green sprouts coming up [Read More!…]

  • Plant Doctoring is Fun
    Plant Doctoring is Fun

        When I pulled the book off the shelf in the used bookstore, I had no idea what it was about, but I knew it had something to do with gardening.  I bought it and put it on the top of my stack of books to read. The book, [Read More!…]

  • Where Are All the Vegetable Gardens?
    Where Are All the Vegetable Gardens?

        Where are all the vegetable gardens?   I look around my suburban yard, across the backyards of my neighbors and note I am the only one with a vegetable garden. As I drive out of my neighborhood, I notice there are a few timid gardeners who have carved out [Read More!…]

  • The Breath of the Garden
    The Breath of the Garden

        The first few days of May are the grand-reopening of my garden.  The cold days are in the past, and it seems as though there is nothing but spring and summer in my future.  I go outside and am excited to see and smell familiar flowers once again.  [Read More!…]