5 Storm Preparedness Tips You Need to Know

September is storm preparedness month, so I’m sharing these storm preparedness tips with you before the storm hits your area. I’m sure you’ve seen those television programs where a big storm is coming, and everyone runs out and clears the store shelves of bread and milk. That’s how NOT to prepare for a storm. You […]

Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs in the Fall for Early Color

Living in the northeast, if I want to have colorful spring flowers, I need to plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall.  This year, I’d love to add some colorful pink tulips to our gardens. For some reason, I tend to have a lot of yellow flowers and very few flowers of other colors.  I need […]

How to Understand Your Personal Finances

Are you one of those people that can recite their personal finance information at any time? Or do you secretly wonder how to understand your personal finances? If you’re at all like me, you’re at a bit of a loss when it comes to savings, retirement, and investment information. I mean, I know that saving […]

My All Time 5 Favorite Survival Reality TV Shows

One of my favorite ways to relax after a long day is by watching a few survival reality TV shows. While I don’t enjoy most reality TV, I do love the survival shows where people are left in the wilderness to survive. Years ago, one of the things that we wanted to do was to […]

How to Choose the Best Gear For Summer Camping

Are you planning a trip to go hiking or to visit a campground this year? If so, you may be wondering how to choose the best gear for summer camping. Camping can be tons of fun whether it’s you and your spouse or the entire family. But, forgetting something important or failing to prepare can […]

How to Approach Bee Removal Safely and Easily

It’s important to deal with bee removal safely. Now that the warm weather has returned, you may have noticed more wasps and bees in your yard. We need beneficial insects including bees in our yards. They help keep some pests away and are responsible for a lot of the pollination that happens in your garden. […]

My Favorite Plants from Ball Spring Trials

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite plants from Ball Spring Trials. You may remember that I was asked to attend the Ball Spring Trials in Santa Paula, California in April. I had an amazing time and was able to check out lots of favorite flowers, vegetables, and herbs as well as get a […]

5 Things You Need To Know Before Choosing Hanging Flowers

Each spring, choosing hanging flowers is one of the first things I do. It seems like I wait all winter for the warmer weather to arrive. In zone 4, our last frost date is generally right around Memorial Day. So, each spring, on Memorial Day weekend, I visit our local farmer’s market to buy hanging […]

How to Choose the Best Edible Flowers to Grow

Have you ever considered adding a few of the best edible flowers to your vegetable garden? One a blog trip I went on a few years ago, the salad I enjoyed was topped with gorgeous edible flowers. While I’d heard of eating flowers before, at that point I had never tried it, and I wasn’t […]

Ball Spring Trials 2016 in Santa Paula CA

The Ball Spring Trials is a week long event that happens every year to show off the latest plant varieties that will be available. The event includes many plant breeders, growers, and suppliers including the Ball family which includes Wave, Burpee and more. I was asked to attend the 2016 trials in Santa Paula, California […]