Planning Raised Beds

I’m lucky enough to be headed east to the Philadelphia Flower Show later today. I’ll be spending the entire day tomorrow walking around checking out acres of beautiful flowers and gardens with two of my very best friends. I can’t wait!

First Robins

We saw the first robins of the season today, hopping around on the front lawn. There were two plump ones with beautiful orange bellies pulling worms out of the soil. I couldn’t help but wonder if they were a mating pair looking to build a home somewhere at our place.

Dear Zodie

Dear Zodie, you were the best dog this Earth has ever seen. I am going to miss you so very much.

Cutting the Cheese … Literally

I had some friends over the other day and finally got to use one of my Christmas presents: a cheese knife from my husband’s aunt and uncle in Wisconsin. When I opened the gift (which also included some distractingly yummy locally produced goodies), I didn’t think much about the knife …

Good Garden-planning News

I mentioned in a previous post that we have been working with a landscape-architect friend to redesign our backyard. We’ve had several meetings to chat about our “dreams” and what’s possible as far as the grading and hardscape stuff goes.

Where’s the Houseplant Love?

I have never been a houseplant person. Although I love to garden and I love plants, I’ve never managed to fall in love with a houseplant the same way I fall in love with a perennial or a sunflower or a beet. Not sure why, but I’ve always kind of wondered.

Deer Problems Return

For the past several years we have had a bit of a deer problem in our front yard and garden. When we moved into our house, I knew there was the potential for deer problems, and they seem to be getting worse as time goes on.

2011 Lists

And so goes another year. Why is it always so hard to believe? Before I sat down to write this post, I looked at my January 2010 garden journal writings to see if I actually managed to accomplish any of the items the last New Year’s to-do list.

Scoring Grow Lights

Jackpot! A gardening friend sent me an email a few days ago to let me know she had a grow-light system that was currently homeless. Did I want it? Of course I did!

Aphid Mummies

While I was out in the garden, I came across something very interesting that I learned about while researching my book, Good Bug, Bad Bug, but I never had the opportunity to see in my own garden.