If you are like me and love to start your own seeds, you are probably familiar with the usual seed starting vessels - plastic trays and pots, soil blocks, and peat pots. But some of the best seed starting vessels, in my opinion, can't be purchased from the store. They actually can be made from items you probably … Continue reading 5 DIY Seed Starting Vessels
Spring is officially here bringing new life to the garden including the return of my favorite feathered friends. I don't know about you, but I love wild birds. What these small creatures endure, how far they travel, and their nearly constant motion amaze me. After a rainstorm, I often go outside and listen to their … Continue reading Easy Garden Project for Kids: Pinecone Bird Feeders
Have you ever wondered how green leaves can turn bright orange, yellow and red? I honestly never gave it much thought. Then, while on a walk with my son, he picked up a leaf and curiously asked me “why do the leaves change color?” I had no answer. Why exactly did the leaves change color each Fall? After … Continue reading Fall Garden Activity for Kids: Why do Leaves Change Color?
I can't think of anything quite as fascinating to watch grow as sunflowers. From seed to flower and back to seed again, the entire life cycle of this summer flower is not only beautiful but also serves many important purposes. As a gardener, I love sunflowers because they are easy to grow, attract beneficial insects, … Continue reading The Lifecycle of a Sunflower
What's "Taco Tuesday" without a post about tacos!?! I've had tacos on the brain quite a bit lately due to my 4 year old's new favorite book Dragon's Love Tacos. I think we've read this story about 100 times and every time we do it makes me want a taco. Anyways, this week I found myself … Continue reading Easy Chicken Tomatillo Tacos
This year I found myself with extra room in the garden to plant whatever my heart desired. I've always wanted to try my hand at growing corn, but never had the space or the right seeds. Corn is one of the most commonly grown GMO crops in our country, which makes finding truly GMO-free seeds … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned Growing Corn
It's about time I wrote a post about one of my favorite things to photograph in the garden - insects. Yes, flowers are beautiful and vegetables colorful... but insects tend to make a particularly interesting photo. Although they can be hard to photograph, because they are on a micro scale and move, if you get … Continue reading Summer Garden Insects
Ever wonder what makes your salsa verde green? Surprise! It's not green tomatoes but instead a delightful fruit called the tomatillo. You can purchase tomatillos at the grocery store (typically located near the peppers), but if you have the space I suggest growing your own. With few pest and disease problems tomatillos are easy to grow organically, prolific … Continue reading How to Grow Epic Tomatillos
Organic fertilizers are not only easy and inexpensive to make but they are actually more effective then synthetic store bought fertilizers. Read on for 6 easy ways to make your own!
Winter is here bringing frost, cold (relatively speaking, I live in California), and a garden lacking much in bloom. This time of year, when the color is sparse, I love to spruce things up with a bit of yard art. If you have visited any garden center or nursery you probably have noticed how pricey … Continue reading Easy DIY Yard Art – Bottle Cap Flowers
December is here and so is the season of homemade jams and jellies! I normally spend a fair amount of this month over a hot stove, coaxing marmalade into jelling, and cursing as I burn myself on my canning equipment. (If you are a fellow canner, you will understand my plight.) Anyhoo - This month I decided … Continue reading Strawberry Tree Jam
With the holidays just around the corner, I am reminded of this fun and easy project that not only re-uses left over tissue paper from past holidays but acts as a gift itself. Several years ago I came across seed wrapping paper in the store and thought it was an incredibly awesome concept. It is essentially recycled … Continue reading Use it, plant it! – DIY Seed Wrapping Paper