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SG571: The Top 40 Most Wanted Plants List

May 26, 2017

In today’s show, I’m sharing the Top 40 Most Wanted Planted List or as I like to call it, “The Plants We Pine For”. These are the plants that gardeners around the country mention when you ask them to finish this sentence: “I wish I planted more….” This particular Most Wanted List is compiled from…

SG570: My Recommended Essentials for Your Garden Tote

May 19, 2017

In today’s show, I’m sharing my gardening tote essentials – yes I am! I’m sharing all my favorite and wonderful items I like to use when I’m in the garden. Every gardener uses pruners and garden gloves, so today I’m talking about some of the more unique things I’ve incorporated into my gardening practice over…

SG569: The Foodscape Revolution – Increasing the Beauty and Bounty of Your Landscape with Brie Arthur

April 28, 2017

Have you been wanting to add edibles to your garden but feel you simply don’t have the space?  Are you tired of having a cookie cutter garden, but don’t know what to add to bring excitement and a unique design esthetic to your landscape? Over the years, I’ve naturally gravitated to adding edibles in my…

SG568: Sharing Your Garden – Special Tips for Welcoming Guests and Maximizing Your Happiness on Your Garden’s Big Day!

April 21, 2017

Are garden parties, garden tours, or open days on your summer calendar this year? No matter the occasion, sharing your garden is a lovely, generous, and memorable gift for your guests. But, the most important question for you, as the gardener and host, is: how can you make the gift sharing of your garden life-giving…

SG567: The Legend of the Dogwood Tree an Easter Special with Lynn Gendusa

April 16, 2017

I’m pretty sure I experienced a divine alignment the day I discovered Lynn Gendusa’s column in the LaGrange Daily News. I had the distinct pleasure of reading her Easter column a few days ago. In an instant, I was completely taken with Lynn’s story of self-awakening – it was an Easter hunt of sorts. Buried in the tasks of daily life, Lynn had become what she calls “A forgetful daughter”. In the story, Lynn shares the legend of the Dogwood tree and her description of the tree she discovered on her walk is simply beautiful.

SG566: Getting the Help You Need in the Garden with Jenny Prince of American Meadows

April 14, 2017

Are you needing to find help with your garden this year? Have you ever tried to find neighbor kids or local students to help out? Over the years, I’ve worked with lots of kids in my garden. And with my upcoming surgery, I’ll be needing help again. But how can you find good helpers and…

SG565: Cultivate Happier Plants Using Organic Soil with Mark Highland

April 7, 2017

Are you an organic gardener? Do you use organic potting soil? Back in 2006, the idea of organic potting soil would have been an emerging area in the world of horticulture – but it was a question and a concept that Mark Highland had been thinking about for a while. Mark Highland is known as…

SG564: Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee

March 31, 2017

Jodi is the creator of Inspired Living Home Body Spirit. She started her study of herbs over 15 years ago. Jodi is the soulful mother of three boys. Her specialties include: herbal consultations, hand-crafted herbal remedies, energy healing, herbal instructional classes and inspiration. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. In fact, I…

SG563: 10 Ways to Engage Kids in the Garden

March 24, 2017

How do you get kids interested in gardening? That’s a question I get asked often. It’s a big question, because kids are pretty sophisticated these days. Their lives are fast-paced and they process information just as quickly. Indeed, they are growing up in the age of acceleration. So when it comes to fostering a love…

SG562: Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson Discusses Organic and Hydroponic Greenhouse Gardening

March 17, 2017

Trevor Johnson is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. In 2012, the hospital launched an organic greenhouse with the main goal of feeding the sick patients. Little did Trevor know, the hospital’s greenhouse has become a community center where Michigan residents can take cooking classes right inside the hospital.…

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The Living Room at Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016

Living Room Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016

In contrast to the whimsy and playfulness of the front porch, the living room at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 illustrated how to mix the spring color pops with sophistication against the gray neutrals in the textures and pieces in the room. The living room, like the Master Bedroom and the Dining Room, was painted with Hirshfield’s…

Front Porch Spring Fiesta

Front Porch Spring Fiesta  Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016

The front porch at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 is a perfect example of botanical interest that is packed into every single room.   The floral patterns in the porch are bright and playful– And the room is packed with inspiration. Let’s unpack this room a bit and I’ll show you my favorite elements. The paint…

In the Kitchen

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Pesto Certified Harvesting Basil

It’s been downright chilly this week – but that hasn’t stopped the plants from growing. Everything is growing like gang-busters – including the lettuce and basil in the kitchen garden. It rained almost the entire day yesterday and I wanted to make pesto spaghetti for supper. The cold and the rain made it the perfect time to…

St. Patrick’s Day Mini Pies

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  In one of my earlier posts last month, I shared my cooking class experience at Kitchen Window. I attended the Spring Mini Pies class. For St. Patrick’s day, I transformed the Spinach and Feta Mini Pies into St. Patrick’s Day Mini Pies. By muting some of the stronger flavors and simplifying a few steps,…

In the Garden

They’re Here! Seed Packets from Renee’s Garden!

Seed Packets from Renee's Garden

Since Spring has decided to take a little break this week, I’ve been able to get a few indoor chores checked off my list. This afternoon, I started going through my seed library. Back in March, I received an invitation from Renee’s Garden to sample a dozen of their seed packets. Yaaassss! I ordered a…

15 Favorite Things I Added to the Garden Last Year

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There’s a popular quote that says “Gardeners dream bigger dreams than emperors”. Sometimes those dreams become reality and work out even better than expected. Sometimes they don’t pan out. I’m going to review my favorite additions to the garden last year For starters, I finally added outdoor curtains to the front porch. These babies stayed up all…

Neverest Lane House

The Fall Library

I love introducing seasonal hints in our home a.k.a. Everest Lane House. It really is a great way to ease into a new season.
This time of year, a subtle, (and totally awesome) decor change is switching out your everyday books with what I call “The Fall Library”. Sounds pretty sophisticated, huh?
Building the Fall Library really isn’t that elaborate… You just scrounge Goodwill and garage sales through the year for books with interesting titles, book jackets, or authors appropriate for the season.

Real Simple Halloween Garland

I get so much magazine reading done in the minivan while I’m waiting for the kids.
Yesterday, I snagged the October Real Simple from the mailbox and headed off to Basswood Elementary to pick up the boys.
I zip through my magazines pretty quickly. But, this photo inspired me to make my own Real Simple Halloween Garland. Real Simple made theirs out of these adorable postcards which cost $1.50 each.
Instead of ordering the postcards, I made my own using some clipart I found online and some index cards. Let me now you how I did it…

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