Category: gardening

  • Backyard Transformation

    Backyard Transformation

    When we moved into our home, when it came to the yard, we had a clean slate …meaning, zero landscaping was done. And when I mean zero, I mean nada, zilch, zip… Nothing but weeds and a couple native trees that weren’t bulldozed, but that’s about it. First things first, we needed a fence to…

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  • Hügelkultur Garden Beds

    Hügelkultur Garden Beds

    Say what? Hügelkultur (HOO-gul-kul-tur or hoogle-culture) put simply, is a permaculture method of filling or making garden beds by layering logs, branches, leaves, and other organic plant debris with compost and soil. In German, hügelkultur literally means “hill culture,” and traditionally, gardens we’re created in mounds. It is a centuries-old, traditional way of building a…

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  • Garden Water Retention

    Garden Water Retention

    If you live in an area that gets to triple digits, you know keeping your garden soil from drying out can be an issue. I’ve found Terra Cotta spikes and recycling glass bottles to be great helpers in the garden, helping the soil retain moisture on super bright, sunny days. Once they arrive, remove the…

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  • Easy Figgy Jam

    Easy Figgy Jam

    It’s Summertime and our garden is in full bloom.  Hooray!  Which can also mean an abundance of things that we can’t quite eat through (double hooray!). Included in this category is our figs. Our tree keeps on giving and we’ve been eating away. If you don’t eat them within a few short days they start…

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  • Dandelion Lavender Salve

    Dandelion Lavender Salve

    If you’ve been following my latest posts, you may have noticed I’ve been all about the dandelions lately. And why not? They’re plentiful and they’re free. So why not put them to good use? I’ve been busy getting my raised garden beds ready for Spring. With that comes a lot of digging in the dirt,…

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  • Dandelion Citrus Jelly

    Dandelion Citrus Jelly

      You’re making jelly with Dandelions? Those “obnoxious weeds” that pop up all over your yard? YES! Before you mow them all down, they actually have some healthy benefits!  Dandelions are rich in minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C (whew, that’s a LOT!) They contain more…

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  • Squash Blossom Frittata

    Squash Blossom Frittata

    I sure have been dreaming of Spring moreso lately.  In preparation for my Spring garden, I’ve been looking through some recipes from last year’s garden and remembered this tasty gem! I had a whole bunch of blossoms appearing in my garden and wanted to put some to use other than producing tons of spaghetti squash…

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  • Container Tomatoes

    Container Tomatoes

    Spring is in full bloom, and with that, Spring and Summer gardening.  I love to grow my own fresh, organic tomatoes and basil for caprese salad and my homemade pasta dishes.  I also like to grow them without any pests.  I have a lovely creature who likes to dig up my in-ground plants. Be it a…

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