The Buzz Behind “Organic”
June 29th, 2017

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As if it was the next big thing in fashion, or a new hairstyle, “organic” is trending. You’ve likely seen the hashtag #organic while scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and you may have even used the “superfoods” sticker for your daily matcha latte Snap. More and more publishers are writing about the benefits of going paraben-free or restricting processed foods. But is the organic trend just that – a trend? Let’s take a deep dive on why “organic” is popular, and if it will last.Read More

 

Fire Pit Garden

A Fire Pit Garden
December 27th, 2016

Weeks spent at summer camp as a kid fueled a love of bonfires and fire pits. As I grew into adulthood, I became a camp counselor and camp director, all the while looking forward to sitting around the campfire with the people around me. Outdoor fires (in both warm and cold weather) have a way of drawing people together, encouraging great conversations, laughter, and story-telling — any garden of mine will always have a fire pit area for exactly this type of gathering. Read More

 

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Creating a Pumpkin Topiary
October 20th, 2016

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Because I live in such a hot, dry area of the country, I look forward to the relief of the crisper, cooler weather and all that goes along with it. Family gatherings, bonfires, pumpkins, and cozy food are the thoughts that keep me going during the hot summer months. So when October rolls around, I’m ready for fall garden decorating!Read More

 

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Simple Halloween Décor
October 10th, 2016

Every year as the weather starts changing, we awake to brisk, beautiful fall mornings, and my attention turns away from the garden to the front of my house. My household enjoys celebrating the season with fun, seasonal décor but I personally prefer to avoid collecting whimsical yard art. This season I decided to pull out my Plant Protection Blankets a little bit early, to create hanging ghosts.Read More

 

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Revive your Summer Garden
September 2nd, 2016

There is no doubt about it — we’re in the dog days of summer. And while I love summer, our gardens can take a real hit about this time of year. High heat, low rainfall, muggy air — you name it, and the garden will feel it. So how can you revive your summer garden to keep it looking fresh?Read More

 

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Easy Flowers for Your Cutting Garden
August 28th, 2016

As gardeners, we tend to focus on keeping the outside of our homes loaded with flowers for the whole world to admire. Still, there’s something to be said for growing plants specifically designated for the inside of our homes, as well. If you don’t already have one, you will never regret planting a cutting garden for indoor arrangements, hand-held bouquets, and homemade gifts.Read More

 

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Don’t Forget Your Houseplants!
August 4th, 2016

When we’re so busy enjoying all the loveliness of our summer gardens – beautiful bouquets of cut flowers, watching pollinators partaking of the nectar banquet, the parade of different blooms in their prime – it can be easy to neglect the plants living in our house with us.Read More

 

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Plants that Climb, Scramble, and Twine
August 2nd, 2016

When we think about planting climbing plants in our garden, we don’t typically think about how they climb — or if they are actually “climbing” at all.Read More

 

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Who is the Organic Gardener?
July 25th, 2016

I’ve been an organic gardener for ages now, and I like to joke that I started gardening organically because I was just lazy and didn’t want to go to the trouble of using a bunch of products. But over the years, I’ve become more and more committed to the ideals of organic gardening because I see the real value in it.Read More

 

Finished Vertical Planter

Vertical Gardening Project
July 25th, 2016

I love vertical gardening — it’s an easy way to plant a lot of things in a small footprint, as well as add a dramatic focal point in the garden. Vertical gardening products are all the rage these days — there are wall planters, stacked planters, hanging planters, and rail planters. I’ve used many different types over the years, and I’m always eager to try out something new.Read More