Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Dec 16, 2012

(Easy and Economical) Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Do you have some last minute holiday decorating to do?  If the answer is “yes,” how about a homemade winter pine branch arrangement?  It’s can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring some “fresh” indoors for the season. I got the idea many years ago when my stepfather had a knee replacement right before Christmas.  One of his “get … Continue reading

Hosta with seeds

Sep 30, 2012

Growing Hostas From Seed

Last fall, I found a surprise in my garden–my hosta plants had produced seeds!  Free seeds–who could argue with that! I didn’t know if this was an unusual occurrence, but it started me thinking.   Should I try growing hostas from seed? All sources I consulted said to harvest the seeds when they are black and papery.  The seed pod may … Continue reading

Jul 2, 2012

Growing Pachysandra from Cuttings

I am growing pachysandra from cuttings.  That doesn’t sound too hard, does it? Pachysandra is an easy to grow, lush, shade-tolerant ground cover that many people use to reduce lawn or to fill in places where grass won’t grow.  My weed-filled lawn is driving me crazy—I’d work harder at it but there simply is too much of it. And since … Continue reading

Jun 9, 2012

Homemade Tomato Cages

I just had another one of those “why didn’t I think of this before” moments. Its origins go all the way back to February when I ran out of home canned tomatoes–and months of winter remained.   Organic commercially canned tomatoes just don’t taste the same to me, and of course they aren’t local.  So this year I resolved to grow … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2012

10 Reasons to Plant a Tree–on Earth Day, or Any Day

To celebrate Earth Day, we planted eight tiny trees! Last fall I enjoyed harvesting and juicing wild grapes, and came away inspired to add more fruit to my young collection of berries.  So this spring, two plum, elderberry, mulberry and winterberry holly (for winter centerpieces) plants were shipped bare root from a Michigan nursery to our back yard. A few … Continue reading

striped squill in egg cup vase

Apr 6, 2012

Spring Flowers in Egg Cups (for the Non-Crafty)

I love all of the really cute crafty things people do in the spring.  From the decorated cookies to the place cards with duckies to the floral centerpieces… But when it comes to crafting, I am not talented.  Last Easter,  I bought fancy icings, cute cookie cutters and pastry bags with decorating tips and decided to make beautiful cookies with … Continue reading

Mar 29, 2012

10 Ways to Reuse Household Water in the Garden

By Jakob Barry While every garden is different every gardener has one thing in common: the need to water plants. That means this part of their nourishment is either coming directly from nature or out of the tap connected to our homes. When it’s the former we’re home free, however, when it’s the latter, two things are going on. The … Continue reading

Magnolia Blossom "Forced"

Mar 3, 2012

Forcing Branches for Spring Blooms

In the last cold days of winter, everyone could use a taste of spring! And fortunately this can be easy and economical—with a simple walk around your yard.  Just cut a few branches from flowering plants to bring indoors for “forcing”!  Many spring flowering trees and shrubs can be encouraged to flower indoors long before real spring arrives.  Forsythia, flowering … Continue reading

Overgrown Mums Awaiting Division

Sep 5, 2011

Reusing Yard Waste is Worth the Effort

By most accounts, the next few weeks mark the end of summer, and autumn is just around the corner. When it comes to the home and family, school will be starting and the focus of life will slowly shift indoors, away from the yard and garden. At this point, it’s clear to many that the season’s successes (the harvest) and … Continue reading

May 27, 2011

Finding Cinderella in a Bleeding Heart

My first clear memory of my grandparents dates back to the age of 7.  I can still hear my mother delivering the news that we would be moving to a new town.  I took this in stride but there were two things I wanted to know— would we be closer to my favorite vacation spot (yes) and would we be closer … Continue reading