Post Tag: Vegetables

In just a few days I'll be saying goodbye to my daughter as she embarks on a new adventure in her life as she goes away to college.  And while I'm proud, thrilled and excited for her, I can't help but quietly mourn each passing minute, knowing I'll soon be face-to-face with the giant hole that will be left in my heart, home and garden. My daughter has never been one of those kids that have naturally taken to gardening, [read more]
I've been traveling a lot this summer and am so glad to finally be home!  But after nearly five weeks away you can imagine the state of my garden. Fortunately (for my garden, not for me!), my husband was home for most of the time so he was able to keep it watered and somewhat under control - but you know how it is.  While most everything survived, there is an overwhelming amount of staking, pruning and dead-heading to be [read more]
The Heirloom Life Gardener – Book Review
A few weeks ago the folks at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company asked if I'd like to review a copy of their new book The Heirloom Life Gardener, by Jere and Emilee Gettle (227 pages, Hyperion, 2011.  List Price $29.99) I was excited to read this book because even though I'm a passionate gardener and garden designer, I've never really been all that into growing edibles from seeds.  That's just not my thing - I much prefer to buy my [read more]
  Remember when having a vegetable garden meant a collection of raised beds, or a few tomato plants in a pot?  Instead of banishing them to out-of-the-way areas, these days, edibles are everywhere in the garden – mixed with ornamentals, scrambling out of recycled containers, and clambering up apartment walls. This topic of this month's Garden Designers Roundtable is Edibles, and I'm thrilled!Especially since Ivette Soler, fellow GDRT blogger, has just written the most amazing, inspiring and detailed book on [read more]
I walked into Peets Coffee the other day (sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it?) Well, I walked in and saw these interesting looking mushroom kits for sale.  And being an avid gardener who will grow just about anything, I was immediately intrigued.  So, I snatched one up for $15.00.   Having a teenager, I find it's more and more difficult for me to keep her interested in gardening, so I'm a sucker for anything that might grab [read more]
One of my favorite things about being a passionate gardener myself is getting to meet other passionate gardeners.  I've been so lucky to have met so many incredible people, and then when I see their gardens I'm even MORE amazed. A gardener's own garden is truly an expression of their soul.  And you can literally 'feel' the blood, sweat and tears that went into it's creation.  You know that feeling when you walk into a garden, no matter how large [read more]
My husband loves our garden, but he's not really interested in gardening in our garden.  He's more of an 'observer' than a 'do-er'.  That's okay with me because, personally, I can't imagine how frustrating it would be to be married to another garden designer and have to share my garden.  I remember reading an article about this once- two designers were married and literally divided their garden in half so they could each design with their own individual styles.  Uggh!! [read more]