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SG589: How to Save the Monarch with Kylee Baumle

October 13, 2017

On today’s show, I welcome a tender-hearted friend of the Monarch cause – Kylee Baumle and she’s written a book called The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly. Now, I’m going to tell you something most professionals in the gardening industry already know and that is this: Kylee is a huge supporter of the Monarch cause.…

SG588: How to Creatively Use Stone in the Landscape with Jan Johnsen

October 6, 2017

On today’s show, I welcome award-winning designer Jan Johnsen to the show to discuss her book – The Spirit of Stone – in which she presents a beautifully photographed, inspiring guide to 101 Practical & Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden: from practical steps, paths, and garden walls, to naturalistic dry streams, inspired rock gardens,…

SG587: Top Tomato Picks by Epic Tomatoes Author Craig LeHoullier

September 29, 2017

  Today’s show is all about top tomato varieties – with one of the country’s  leading tomato experts – Craig LeHoullier the author of Epic Tomatoes. In his book, Epic Tomatoes, you get a chance to have Craig mentor you through the wide, wide world of tomatoes. You learn how to grow and harvest with…

SG586: Designing with the Queen of Succulents – Debra Lee Baldwin

September 22, 2017

    If you are a fan of succulents – and it seems that they’ve justifiably charmed every living, breathing gardener on planet earth – then today’s show will be a total joy for you. I got the chance to talk succulents with the Queen of Succulents – Debra Lee Baldwin.  Debra has a new book…

SG585: The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder with Marta McDowell

September 15, 2017

The always fabulous Marta McDowell – the garden author from Chatham New Jersey and the author of All the President’s Gardens from Episode SG545 – is on the show today to talk about her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder; which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author…

SG584: Homegrown Pantry with Barbara Pleasant

September 8, 2017

The witty and wise garden author Barbara Pleasant is on today’s show and we’re talking about her book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. How many potatoes should I plant for a family of four? Which fruits should I…

SG583: Hygge in the Garden

August 25, 2017

Are you ready to get cozy? I hope so – because today’s show is all about hygge (“pronounced “hoo-gah”).  Hygge is a Danish cultural phenomenon and a word that really it too all-encompassing to have an English equivalent. However, to get a feel for it: hygge generally describes the feeling of being cozy, comfortable, and…

SG582: Plant Explorers with Karen Rexrode

August 18, 2017

I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling. Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom – she’s quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a…

SG581: Stylish Outdoor Garden Containers with DIY Divas Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray of Potted

August 11, 2017

In Today’s show I’m getting to do something I truly love to do, talk DIY with two DIY Divas – Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray. They are the authors of the new book Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers.  Decorating can be incredibly expensive, but Annette and Mary are masters at repurposing and they…

8-11-17 Plant Support Group in Quotables

August 11, 2017

Quotables Heard Weekly on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast           Psst… The stars are interactive – so click around. About the Quotables Segment This week’s Quotables post is read aloud in the Quotables Segment included in the Garden News Roundup as part of the Still Growing Gardening Podcast – a weekly Podcast dedicated…

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Getting Feedback From Your Child About Their Teachers

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A few years ago, I wrote about how I prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences in my post The Ultimate Prep Checklist for Parent Teacher Conferences. Building on that, this year I wanted to go a little more in-depth and try to better understand what school is like for our kids from their perspective. Here are the…

Some things never change

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Some things never change.

You know how Facebook reminds you of old status updates with those Time Hop photo memories?

Generally speaking, they make me feel a little sad because old pictures of the kids just seem to punctuate how fast they’re growing up now that they’re teenagers.

In the Kitchen

Oven-Roasted Asparagus (so easy your kids can make it!)

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Asparagus is a great vegetable for kids to prepare and cook because it is so darn easy to make. John’s in 4th grade and he’s my little prep cook. Asparagus is the perfect vegetable to practice your knife skills on because it doesn’t slide around and it’s fairly sturdy. I always have the kids chop the asparagus…

After School Snack Station

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This weekend we did absolutely nothing. As PJ announced on Friday after school, “It’s Relaxation Weekend!”  No basketball tournaments. No appointments. No gatherings. Just chilling at home. Which was fine and dandy until I realized we had no food in the house on Sunday night. So, before I walked Sonny, we ran to the grocery store…

In the Garden

Succulent Fix

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Ok. Twist my arm. Let’s go look at succulents in the nursery. The first thing I would do with this guy is give him a bath and clean him up a bit. Beautifully shaped leaves on this Kalanchoe. Say hello to my leetle ledebouria…. Meet mammilaria cristata – not a fan. Sometimes I like the brown…

Gardening Resources on Craigslist with a Complete List of My Favorite Search Terms

Gardening Resources on Craigslist Francy's Elevated Planter Bed from Craigslist 6ftmama blog

  Craigslist is such a great resource for gardeners. Did you know they have a farm + garden section? Last week, I bought this fabulous 4’x6′ elevated garden bed for $25 from a fabulous lady named Francy. (I’ve never met a Francy who is anything less than fabulous – great name!) When this marvelous beast…

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Mr. Fix-it

Yesterday morning, before school, John helped me repair a screen. Never mind that he’s just 10 years old.  He’s been helping with little projects like these for years now. (You’re welcome, John’s future wife!)   Help put away the breakfast dishes?  Nah.   Got your backpack so you’re ready for the bus?  Mom – I’ll…

The Port Room

Port Room

It took me a few years to collect the pieces of art I wanted to use for a gallery wall in our guest room ~ the Port Room.

I had a few things in mind for the pieces for the Port Room gallery wall:

Recycling: I wanted to find all the pieces at thrift stores
Theme: All the pictures needed to feature a boat or ship
Organic: I wanted collection to look curated – not planned. The frames could be any color, the art could be any style – but nothing matchy-matchy.
Consensus: Each piece needed to get a thumbs up from the kids. No matter how eclectic, if it made us happy, we bought it.
Combining all the different pieces was a little tricky – it was a little like putting together a giant puzzle. Whew!

It’s great to finally see all the art on the wall.

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