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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…

8-11-17 Garden News Roundup

August 11, 2017

Heard Weekly on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast The Garden News Roundup This is a curated group of posts and articles that I have shared over the past week with the listener community and in the Free Facebook Group: the Still Growing Podcast Group.  The Garden News Roundup is made up of a dozen different segments…

8-4-17 Garden News Roundup

August 5, 2017

Heard Weekly on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast The Garden News Roundup This is a curated group of posts and articles that I have shared over the past week with the listener community and in the Free Facebook Group: the Still Growing Podcast Group.  The Garden News Roundup is made up of a dozen different segments…

SG580: The Echinacea Evolution!

August 4, 2017

Today’s show is all about Echinacea – it’s my all-time favorite American native perennial. In fact, one of my first recommendations to new gardeners who are looking for ornamental perennials is Echinacea. Like my Grandmother Bernadette, Echinacea is a daughter of the prairie, absolutely beautiful, and tough as nails.   And, I predict you’re going…

8-4-17 The Glory of Gardening Quotables

August 4, 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…

SG579: Day Three of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

July 28, 2017

In today’s show, I’m wrapping up my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC. at the end of this past June. Day 3 was focused on gardens in rural areas outside of DC area, so we will be reviewing wonderful private and public gardens in areas like:…

7-28-17 Garden Happiness Quotables

July 28, 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…

7-28-17 Garden News Roundup

July 28, 2017

Heard Weekly on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast The Garden News Roundup This is a curated group of posts and articles that I have shared over the past week with the listener community and in the Free Facebook Group: the Still Growing Podcast Group.  The Garden News Roundup is made up of a dozen different segments…

SG578: Day Two of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

July 21, 2017

In today’s show, I’m continuing my three part series about the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling held in and around Washington DC at the end of this past June. We will be reviewing Day 2 of the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling. On this day, we saw gardens in the suburbs of the DC area, so we’ll…

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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!)

Oven-Roasted Asparagus John prep cook 6ftmama blog

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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