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…

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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…

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15 Favorite Things I Added to the Garden Last Year

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…

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Garden Project 2: Outdoor Dining Room and Gravel Paths

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…

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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…

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Starting the Kitchen Garden 2016

After looking at the 10-day forecast with 60s for highs and 40s for lows, I decided to start planting my kitchen garden today. First up – Sweet Basil.   I always fill two large rolling planter boxes with Sweet Basil.   I like to start with buying three full flats so I can start making pesto batches…

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Stop Throwing Out Old Potting Soil

Does Mother Nature throw out all the soil on the earth and go to the store to so she can start over with fresh soil every Spring? Of course not. So why do we? Gone are the days when I throw out old potting soil in the spring. Now, revitalizing my existing soil is part of my…

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Gardener’s Indoor Potting Room

No doubt about it – the garden bloggers all went crazy for this indoor potting room upstairs in the 2016 Bachman’s Spring Idea House. The idea was to incorporate a room where you could really flex your green thumb and up your vitamin N (nature) intake throughout the year. It’s a little ironic how excited everyone…

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Fairy Gardening 2014: Clay Pot Kingdom

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Each year, I try to come up with a new theme for my fairy garden. For 2014, I’m creating “Clay Pot Kingdom” and little vignettes inside stacked or broken clay pots will be nestled throughout the garden. Check out some of the images and elements from a local garden center that are inspiring my fairy gardening this year.

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Brighten Up with Spring Inspiration

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Touring a garden center is just the ticket for shaking off the Winter blues and finding your Spring inspiration. Blooming Spring bulbs, colorful silk flowers, and beautiful garden accents help usher in the change of seasons with an early burst of color.

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Time for Oxalis

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Shamrocks are to March as Poinsettias are to December. Oxalis (commonly known as Shamrocks) are actually part of the Woodsorrel family. When these delicate plants are available in the garden center, Spring can’t be far behind.

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Houseplant Spa Day

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Despite the cold temperatures outside, there’s still plenty of gardening that can be done indoors. In fact, January is the perfect month to reinvigorate indoor plants with a Houseplant Spa Day.Check out my tips for sprucing up tired houseplants. You’ll find some great ideas for helping your houseplants survive and thrive all Winter long.

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