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 […]

How to Grow in a Window Box

Have you wondered how to grow in a window box? I hear a lot of people complaining that they can’t have a garden because they don’t have enough room on their property or they live in an apartment with no yard. While it would be difficult to have a whole garden in a window box, […]

How to Grow Roses for Cutting Gardens

Learning how to grow roses for cutting will allow you to have fresh flowers to display all through the summer. I love walking outside in the summer and smelling the roses growing in my backyard. Flower gardening is one of my favorite pastimes. Not only are roses beautiful, but they’re also wonderfully fragrant. They can […]

How to Keep Gardening Simple and Fun

Do you know how to keep gardening simple so that it remains something you enjoy rather than something that becomes overwhelming? I have wonderful memories of filling my little red wagon with cucumbers as a child and pulling the wagon from my father’s garden to the back door of my home where my mother was […]

How to Render Suet Easily to Help the Wild Birds

Do you know how to render suet or how it can help the wild birds? We love feeding the birds year round, and my husband loves to watch them at our feeders. Bird watching is a great way to relax and learn more about your environment. You can bird watch with your kids as a […]

How to Choose the Best Portable Greenhouse for Spring

Spring is almost here, and I can’t wait to get out in the garden again. I’ve been wondering about the best portable greenhouse for spring planting. We aren’t interested in adding any more permanent structures to our property. They require upkeep, and they need to be mowed around all year. Instead, I’ve decided that a […]

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

When we first moved to our home, one of the first things I wanted to learn was how to attract birds to your backyard.  We have five windows in our living room and I love looking out the windows while I’m working.  Seeing the wild birds playing in the trees is really relaxing for both […]

9 Out of 10 Forest Fires are Caused by Humans

In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error. Living in the country, it’s not unusual to see campfires or people burning brush in their yard or in their fields. People have fires when they go camping or at the beach when they cook lunch. We have them […]

The Real Hidden Dangers of Online Advertising

Are we really anonymous? A scary thing happened to me last week. I was in the middle of getting ready for my business trip to San Francisco. I had just run to Walmart to fill my husband’s prescription and pick up a few trial size beauty products to take through security. I was checking my […]

Learn How to Pick Wild Apples the Right Way

If you already know how to pick wild apples the right way, you’ll want to head over to my Wild Apple Crumb Pie Recipe right now. If you’re not quite sure how to get started, keep reading and you can bake that pie later. Learn How to Pick Wild Apples the Right Way The area […]