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 […]

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 […]