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SG575: The Victorian Fern Craze with Rare Book Specialist Stacy Stoldt

June 23, 2017

Listen to the Show Stacy Stoldt of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a rare book specialist and a true gem of information in the world of horticulture. As luck would have it, we had a fascinating chat back in November of last year.  Stacy gave me a glimpse into her work as a librarian at…

SG574: How to Make Your NEW Garden Feel OLDER

June 16, 2017

Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older! Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials – the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap.  I…

SG573: Basilmania!

June 9, 2017

Basil is my all-time favorite edible to grow in the garden. In fact, my first purpose for digging in the dirt every Spring is to plant my basil crop – and despite getting a late start after rotator cuff surgery, this year was no exception. Like me, many gardeners associate the smell of basil with…

SG572: Ten Little Changes to Your Gardening Practice That Will Make You Much More Productive

June 2, 2017

Productivity is a constant area of focus for me. I’m always trying to maximize my efforts in the garden – streamline my time and feel a sense of accomplishment after working outside. Every gardener is wired a little differently: some people want to get up and garden first thing in the morning while others wait…

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…

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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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