Images of Spring: The Perennials are A Poppin'!

Look what I found in the garden yesterday, Springtime! The perennials have returned!

I cannot say it feels much like springtime today, however, yesterday was gorgeous. The cold and rainy dreariness of the end of winter has once again returned, not for long… Taking advantage of the awesome weather yesterday, I managed to get the last of fruit trees pruned. I had hoped to have this done months ago, time is rarely on my side though:) Admittedly, I must have walked past the kitchen garden dozens of times without evening noticing all the fresh, new green shoots sprouting up everywhere!

These are the reasons why I love perennial gardening!

Peppermint Shoots


Germinating Seeds in Style

So… Have you finished up your indoor seed starting for the veggie garden yet? If you are sheepishly shaking your head ‘No’ right now, you best be getting on it! In follow up to last week’s post, My Favorite First-Timer Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors!, I thought this a great time to send out one last post about seed starting to all you first- timers (NEWBIES!) out there.

Now that you know HOW to start seeds indoors, but still haven’t gotten around to picking up the key supplies you need, I will make it easy for you! I have included for you below, a collection of products (from Burpee.com) that are, if not necessary, greatly helpful for successfully germinating seeds and growing healthy seedlings.


My Favorite First-Timer Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors!

In every seed, rests a plant just waiting for its moment to shine brightly in the warm sun. From this plant, come more seeds that return back to the soil, to begin the process all over again. It is in this basic essence and connection of a plant, and the garden, that my passion for plants, and gardening, became firmly rooted into my being. 

The time for greenhouse seeds, and starting seeds indoors, has finally come again! Can you tell that I am excited? Seeing as the last post, Get out the John Deere, Springtime is almost here!, discussed primarily grass seed and springtime for the lawn, I thought it only appropriate that this next post be about starting seeds for the food garden. If you are new to the grows of starting a garden, or simply looking for a few new tips on how to start plants from seeds, this post is for you. I welcome you to read on and Thank You for stopping by!

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Many vegetable garden seeds prefer to be started in the warmth of the indoors, be it the confines of the greenhouse (when available) or a brightly light, warm, dry space inside the house. This is where these seedlings will start most successfully. With that being said, pre-planning is a very important aspect of every vegetable garden. If these seeds are not started early enough, your seed planting success plan will be turned into a complete waste of time. Make sure to have your new veggie garden design, and plant list, decided upon at least a couple months prior to planting in the garden, to give seeds ample time to grow!


Get Out The John Deere, Springtime is Almost Here! My Earth Friendly Spring Lawn Tips...

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As springtime is soon to raise its drowsy head, the grass, alongside the perennials of our gardens, will soon be bursting fresh new shoots from the soil. What a great time to talk about grass! 

You may be wondering what growing grass has to do with organic vegetable gardening. Well, not a whole lot… The reason I bring up this post is because of the shocking amount of how many times I have been asked, “when can I plant grass seed?”. I may know a bit about growing grass, but I am definitely more of a plant gal! Considering that, at least, a small amount of lawn grass often accompanies gardening space, I figured the topic would fit.


The Vertical Garden and Vegetable Plants That LOVE Growing Up!

Green walls, living fences, no dig gardening, vertical farming and landscaping have become deeply rooted in modern landscape design, urban gardening, and food gardening. These ideas are by no means new though and have been utilized throughout history by many different cultures. Sure, most of us have heard about vertical gardening or landscaping… Did you know that many of our beloved vegetables and favorite produce love to grow in this manner, as well?      

As many attempt the return to a simpler, ‘grow your own’ lifestyle and feed the household from their own private ‘Garden of Eden’, the small backyard garden, at best, is often the venue. These vertically enhanced methods of growing plants are not only perfect for utilizing small outdoor growing spaces, creating privacy or shade, but your veggies will love ‘em too!

Want to know more about the vegetables, herbs, gourds, fruit, and berries that grow well in a vertical garden and where to grow them? Keep on reading for a list of my favorite creeping and climbing veggie garden friends that love just hangin’ around.


Home Vegetable Garden Bed Ideas and Tips

The temperatures may not feel like it quite yet, but it is just about time to dig back into the vegetable garden! Seeing as the strong grasps of winter still lay heavily upon my backyard, my gardening duties have been significantly kept indoors. Seeds will soon need to be planted, the soil will soon be thawing and ready for a turn, but for now, I wait!

More recently, Pinterest has been a warmer place to explore my wintertime gardening urges and I have been busily pinning away new garden layouts and landscape design ideas for the upcoming year.

In the following, I have collected up some of my favorite new found pins about raised gardening beds, tips for planting vegetables in pots (make sure to check out the Potato Barrel Planter), and more great DIY pallet planter ideas.  I hope you enjoy!

Turning Your Lawn into Vegetable Garden VIA +Garden Therapy


Eating Local in the New Year

Aside from summer when the garden plants are flourishing and full with vegetables and fruits, this is my next favorite time of the year.  The holiday bustle is over, the New Year has begun and I fully begin to appreciate the value of my stored harvest from the garden!  I made sure to freeze or dry as much of last year’s veggies, fruit and berries as I could from the garden and any goodies my lovely neighbors would pass over the backyard fence.


A Roundup of Our Most Popular Posts from 2013

With the end of the year just around the corner and a frozen backyard providing me with little inspiration to write (in all honesty), what a perfect time to round up all the most viewed and most favorited posts from the year... 


Christmas Homemade Food Gifts. A 'Pinteresting' Collection of Heartfelt and Edible Gift Ideas!

With under two weeks left until the big morning around the Tree opening Christmas gifts for festive celebrateurs around the world, it is the time to be checking your Christmas gift lists for anything you might missed. If you still need to start, well, this is definitely the time to get on it! 

Homemade Christmas gifts were pretty common around the Christmas Tree of my childhood, we all still try our best to stick to that theme with our gift giving over the holidays. As I always end of leaving my gift arranging to the bitter last minute and quite often scraping by this point in the year, many of the great homemade gift ideas I dreamed up throughout of the year often fall short in preparation time. Most of these ideas then move to the ‘For Next Year’ pile and, in honesty, the same thing usually happens again.