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Goodbye Lawn, Hello Garden     Part 2
Phew - I've been busy!  As promised a few weeks ago, here's the next phase of my front lawn-removal project. After deciding on the materials and final shape of the pathways, the next step was to remove the lawn.  A physically grueling task to be sure. Enlisting some help from one with a much stronger back than I, we (the British 'we', that is) removed it by hand, making sure to dig deep to remove any stray lawn roots that might be left behind.  The last thing I want is grass to appear mysteriously in my new planting areas. Using read more
If you're like me, you've probably returned from a supposedly quick and casual stroll through the garden with your shirt flipped up in an attempt to to hold all the tomatoes, plums or apricots that were just begging to be picked. After dirtying umpteen clean shirts, I don't know why I venture outside any longer without a small basket or colander in hand to pick the daily harvest.  Yet I still do. (more…) read more
Last year my friend (and gardener extraordinaire) Shawna Coronado traveled to the Netherlands to spend a little time with the folks at the DeWit Tool company.  Shawna had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of not only designing, but making the prototype of her ideal version of a potting soil scoop.  The scoop has since been such a success that now it's part of their regular tool line-up. In fact, the DeWit company kindly sent me two (one to have, and one to give away to a lucky reader), and I must say, I've really been enjoying using it while assembling some of read more
I'm a huge fan of the latest edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book (read my review here), and to say I'm over the moon with excitement at the big news of their new garden app is an understatement. A few weeks ago I was honored to be invited to Sunset's Headquarters where I was treated to a personal demonstration of this most amazing garden app by the folks who developed it.  For someone who's a bit app-challenged (like me) that's like having Martha Stewart show up in your garden to show you how to prune a rose.  I was read more
Having three good friends and two of my favorite clients going through various stages of cancer right now, I'm particularly aware of kindhearted people and companies who are making an effort to help others.  Which is why I've become a huge fan of Glassybaby. While very well-known throughout Seattle (seen on the tables of at least half of the restaurants I visited, and on countless windowsills everywhere) these little candleholders are making their way throughout the entire country. And I'm honored to add a few to my own windowsill.While recently visiting Seattle, I was lucky enough to tour this read more
My garden-watering meltdown had been brewing for years.  It finally came to a head this past summer when I had finally had enough of the hoses in my garden constantly kinking every time I moved a few feet. My husband would try to help, buying me ‘the best’ the big box stores had to offer (promising me they wouldn’t kink) yet they always did.  While I generally have a pretty high tolerance level for irritating things, when I’m in the middle of hand-watering my garden (something I don’t relish in the first place), the last thing I read more
One of my favorite Christmas gifts was given to me by my husband Tom - this handmade birdhouse from L'Atelier Vert. My garden wouldn't be complete without all the birds that visit and raise their babies here (see here, and here, and here!)  so I'm hopeful one will find a new home this spring.     I think I'll get my wish since I've already seen a few snooping around this new addition. Fingers crossed!   read more
It's time for another holiday giveaway, but HURRY - this contest ends December 5th! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Fields & Lane gardening gloves as well as offer a contest for my readers.  And all I can say is HOLY COW, I LOVE these gloves! Gardening gloves are normally something I go through at the speed of light.  I'm very hard on them, and they seem to last about a month or so before I blow out the fingertips.  I'll admit, I don't spend much on my gloves, probably in the read more
Great Product Alert - John & Bob's Soil Optimizer read more