A Summer Natural Reading Collection

May 20, 2016

A Summer Natural Reading Collection & a Giveaway

I love the concept of a hope chest.  It’s old-fashioned but also anticipatory and optimistic.  Store up some well-loved, handmade goods and wait until the time is right to set off on a new (married) life. I have my own married-lady version of a hope chest–a natural reading collection that I use to inspire fun and useful projects!   My eyes … Continue reading

Grub infested lawn

Sep 24, 2015

Lions Tigers & Grubs, Oh My: Treating Lawn Grubs Naturally

Yes, it was nearly as bad as it sounds.  Okay… no lions and tigers. But I may have preferred them.  Certainly from a yeuuck perspective.  You see last fall our lawn was looking absolutely terrible.  And I am a not-at-all-picky organic gardener.   Now I would be in the business of treating lawn grubs—naturally, without chemicals.  The first inkling of a … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2015

How to Propagate Fuchsias (and Overwinter Them)

Recently I had one of those “could have had a V8 moments.” I realized I could keep my fuchsia plants alive over the winter, and propagate fuchsias from cuttings to grow more in the spring.  Although winter may cause the plants to go a bit dormant and lose the beautiful profusion of flowers, they’ll come back in the spring! It … Continue reading

Jun 18, 2014

How to Divide Hostas (for the Weekend Gardener)

If you have a shade garden, it probably contains a hosta or two.  These cooperative perennials grow quickly, thrive in a wide range of climate zones and require little attention–other than taming an occasional slug invasion (cheap beer) or watering during a severe dry spell.  Then after a number of years of neglect, you can divide hostas, to reshape an … Continue reading


Apr 28, 2014

How to Grow Bamboo

Today I am publishing an article from freelance writer Rachel Matthews.  I love the opportunity to host an occasional guest author because I always learn something new.  Prior to this, I had no idea you could even grow bamboo in Wisconsin!  I also learned that you have to grow bamboo carefully since it can be invasive (ask me about my … Continue reading

grape hyacinth bulbs in pot

Oct 26, 2013

Start a Winter Bulb Garden Now (in Just a Few Minutes!)

In my “perfect world,” I have a house full of have fresh flowers–all year round!  In reality, lack of time or money often gets in the way.  But if you’d like an idea for winter flowers that is time-management friendly and easy on the wallet, now is the time to get started! Last year, I potted up a bunch of … Continue reading

Sep 22, 2013

An Inexpensive DIY Pear Picker

Many years ago we bought four young fruit trees.  The date of this event has completely slipped my mind since, after many years of patiently waiting, they decided never to produce fruit.  We planted two apple trees, which were girdled by rabbits and two pear trees, which at least kept growing. And growing.  “I thought these were supposed to be … Continue reading

Oregano plant

Jun 18, 2013

Popular Herbs for Growing and Cooking

Did you ever want to have an herb garden–or maybe just a potted plant or two?  If the post on my kitchen herb garden, didn’t inspire you, take a look below at the information on some popular herbs!  Thanks to Nino Ridgeway and her great class for many of the tips! There are many herbs that are great for cooking, … Continue reading

A collection of herbs

Jun 16, 2013

A Kitchen Herb Garden

A window full of potted herbs–doesn’t’ that sound wholesome, all green tea and granola?  What about a stroll to the backyard herb garden, straw basket and shears in hand? This year, I am doing a proper herb garden and just put a number of plants in containers to complement the perennials in my garden–all following an herbal inspiration event!  I … Continue reading

Apr 3, 2013

An Early Spring Greenhouse Raising

The greenhouse raising began before dawn.  At this early hour, spring’s soft ground is still hard-frozen, and volunteers can both help, and make it to their day jobs. The beauty of the hour was mere luck. Preparations had begun long before of course–everything from standard project management (buy materials, recruit volunteers) to little details (chip away reluctant spring’s ice from … Continue reading