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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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Master Bedroom Spa Retreat at Bachman’s Spring Idea House

Master Bedroom Spa Retreat Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016

I think the only thing missing from the master bedroom at the 2016 Bachman’s Spring Ideas House was some spa music for added ambience. I just discovered the other morning when I was trying to go back to sleep that I could ask Siri to play spa music and of course she did – which…

Dining Room at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House

Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016 Dining Room

Stepping into the 2016 Bachman’s Spring Idea House you are immediately greeted by the signature color – which for this year is coral. The color specialists at Hirshfield’s knew what they were doing when they picked the paint color for the room: Hirshfield’s 573 Chinz. The gray backgrounds throughout the house really helps the coral…

In the Kitchen

7 Ways to Preserve Your Herb Harvest

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In this post, I share 7 ways to Preserve Your Herb Harvest.
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the summer enjoying fresh herbs from your garden. But, did you know that there are many different options for extending the usefulness of your herbs?

Today, Shannon Slatton from my local Channel 12 News, dropped by to explore just how easy it is to preserve herbs and enjoy a significant cost-savings to boot.

Leverage Bars (the treat that will make your kids do anything you ask!)

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Monster Cookies – they’re nothing short of irresistable. Seriously, who can walk past a Monster Cookie without a slight hitch in their step. I came to a complete stop in the serving line when I saw these Monster Cookie Bars made by my dear friend, Diane Sullivan of Eagan, for her daughter’s graduation. They are just the perfect amount of gooey-ness and crunch and include all the standard monster cookie ingredients. Plus, bars are so much easier to make than the assembly line and babysitting services required by cookies. Once Diane emailed me the recipe, Emma and I flew to the grocery store to buy M&M’s so we could hurry home and make them. I’ve renamed them Leverage Bars – in honor of their power.

In the Garden

Garden Project 2: Outdoor Dining Room and Gravel Paths

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So much got done in the garden today – it’s hard to believe it all happened in just one day. With the retaining wall repair completed, Kevin and Luke leveled out and lined the space for the Outdoor Dining Room. They were able to reuse the landscape fabric that we had installed under the mulch last year…

Garden Project 1: Retaining Wall Repair

Garden Project 1 Retaining Wall Repair

Every Spring, after my first garden walk-through, I always find some projects that end up bumping some of my grand plans for the garden. This year, I discovered the retaining wall in the Morning Garden had started to separate. After lunch today, Josh, from Natural Stonescapes, sent his crew over to do the repair. It…

Neverest Lane House

Spring Mantlescape with Winter Wheat Grass

Here's the final product.  I added a few moss balls and bunnies and the mantlescape is set for Spring.

Planting winter wheat is a spring tradition around here. It is an excellent spring gardening project for kids; they get to plant seeds and they can see the results of their work in just a few days.  This year, I designed my spring mantlescape with winter wheat grass. Watch how I transform a simple set…

Beginning Plans for Everest Lane Kitchen Remodel

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After finishing the basement two years ago, I feel I have a better handle on the process for this remodel. In this post, I share how I gather my ideas to prepare for any home improvement project. Still growing…

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