My Vegetable Garden Saved Me $600 in 2013

Over $600 off my grocery bill? I’ll take it! Yep that’s right, I did it again. I kept track of all of the food I grew in 2013, and then I headed to the grocery store to price out this fresh produce. Here’s how my vegetable garden saved me over $600 on my grocery bill… […]


How To Grow Sprouts

Sprouts are delicious, nutritious and fun to grow. I love to eat sprouts on sandwiches, in salads and in various meals (they are delicious with eggs). They also make a great snack on their own. Growing sprouts is easy, and very fast. Once you see how easy it is to grow your own sprouts, you’ll […]

Eggshells Organic Pest Control

Eggshells as Organic Pest Control

The flea beetles have been worse than ever this summer, and the Japanese beetles are no fun either. On top of that, the slugs have been turning my hostas into swiss cheese. (Ahhh, the joys of gardening) I need all the help I can get fighting these and other pests in the garden. Eggshells work […]

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How To Build a Squash Arch

Squash is a bully in the garden, and it will take over if you don’t control it. I used to grow my squash on the ground, and train the vines to stay in a neat row (well, as neat as squash can be) Not anymore, I built a squash arch to tame my squash, and […]

Winter Sowing Seeds

Winter Sowing Seeds – A Step By Step Guide

Winter sowing is an easy way to start seeds outside during the winter. Seeds are sown in miniature greenhouses made from recycled plastic containers, and then put outside in the snow and freezing cold. The rest of the work is left to Mother Nature. Once the weather starts to warm in the spring, the seeds […]

2014 Vegetable Garden Planning

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2013 Vegetable Garden

Spring is a busy time of the year for gardeners, there's always so much to do. To ease some of the stress, each year I draw out a detailed plan for my vegetable garden. Planning the vegetable garden makes my life much easier when it comes time to plant everything. It's also helped me turn my vegetable garden into a beautiful corner of my yard, and it's made me a better gardener too. One of my goals last year with my 2013 vegetable garden plan was to draw my plan to scale on graph paper. We've slowly been adding raised beds to our vegetable garden over the past few years, and last year ..Continue Reading...

Plants With Benefits – Book Review and Giveaway!

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When I first read the title of Helen Yoest's new book Plants With Benefits, I thought that the book was going to be about the health benefits of ..Continue Reading...

How Do Rain Barrels Work?

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How Do Rain Barrels Work?

Last week a reader asked me "How do rain barrels work?" and I thought that was an excellent question to answer in a post. A rain barrel is a ..Continue Reading...

Planning The Vegetable Garden

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Planning The Vegetable Garden

Spring fever has set in, and it's the perfect time to start planning this summers vegetable garden. Planning the vegetable garden makes life much ..Continue Reading...

How To Organize Gardening Tools and Supplies

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Organize Gardening Tools And Supplies

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the podcast Got Clutter? Get Organized! last week. The podcast was The Organized Gardener-Making Your Garden ..Continue Reading...

Signs Of Spring

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Angelina Sedum

Even though most of my gardens are still covered by snow, I'm starting to see signs up spring popping up all over the place.  My succulent zen garden ..Continue Reading...

Vegetables That Are Easy To Grow From Seed

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Vegetables Easy To Grow From Seeds

Starting vegetables from seed is much cheaper than buying plants in the spring, and saving all that money is very appealing to the beginner on a ..Continue Reading...

Building A Community Garden With The Troy-Bilt Saturday6

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Building a community garden with the Troy-Bilt Saturday6

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to build a community garden in Miami, FL with my friends from Troy-Bilt and the Saturday6 team of garden ..Continue Reading...

Winter Sowing Seeds – Status Update

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Winter Sown Seed Containers

I've always been really good about sharing my winter sowing status with you guys, but this year I've been a bit lazy. Well, not really lazy, just ..Continue Reading...

My Garden Made Northern Gardener Magazine!

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Northern Gardener Feature Article

That's right, open up the latest copy of Northern Gardener magazine and you will find a FOUR page spread all about me, my gardens and this blog, Get ..Continue Reading...

Tour of My Shade Garden – Video

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Shade Garden Tour

I have another garden tour video to share with you today. This is my shade garden shortly after I finished planting it last summer. It looks so cute ..Continue Reading...