Posts Tagged ‘mulch’

Gardening Calendar: Spring Garden Tips

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Today is the first day of Spring! That means fun in the mud at my house! Spring means different things around the country; it’s time take advantage of the warmer weather and start prepping the garden and yard. Here’s a look at your March to-do list. Pick your region and get to work. (more…)

Mulching a Fall Garden

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Fall vegetables thrive during warm days and cool nights. (more…)

A Gardener’s Christmas Wish List

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Mrs. Claus is on the ball this year. Gifts for our three blue-eyed elves are wrapped and ready to go under the tree. I don’t know who is more excited for Christmas, me or the girls. I have never been this prepared, and it’s difficult to manage the anticipation for Santa’s big day. Santa on the other hand, is still shopping for Mrs. Claus. I am supposed to be writing my Christmas wish list, so being the multi-tasker that all moms are, I am combining a blog entry while at the same time, creating my Christmas wish list (a list for all gardeners). (more…)

Leaves as Mulch!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Pictures of kids playing in leaves have been constant on my Facebook page the past few weeks. Children have big smiles as they are literally covered in nature. Of course, it makes me smile to see the fun they are having!  I often post a virtual high five to the parents for bringing the kids out to experience the effects of fall. I am a bit jealous as I scroll through pictures. My children do not get to experience a large pile of leaves unless we visit a different neighborhood. The trees in our landscape are too small to create a big fall mess (a negative aspect of living in a new housing development). (more…)

How to Plant Annual Flowers

Friday, May 13th, 2011
I love digging in the dirt! It’s probably why I buy so many annuals every year- more digging! The one annual that I plant every year is the begonia. It always looks great from the road and provides the color I desire for that part of the landscape. We set out mid-morning to plant the begonias. I had gathered everything we needed to get started: flowers (begonias), trowels, mulch, root stimulator, water can, and gloves. I got started with all three girls helping but within minutes, two of them had disappeared. They had created a mud pile and began sculpting shapes out of the mud; I’m sure they thought it was much more fun than helping dear ole’ mom. Doesn’t she look proud in this picture! (more…)

You say tomato, I say tomato

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
I think sweet juicy tomatoes have to be the most talked about garden vegetable. Tomato popularity can be seen as you drive through neighborhoods. (more…)

Saving Time!

Friday, May 7th, 2010
Each new day, we say good morning to the sun, slip on our flip flops and scope out the garden. Mostly for the joy of it, but also to see if there have been any critters chomping, insects invading, nutrient deficiencies or moisture issues. Our daily observations create a ritual we all look forward to with the bonus of keeping our garden healthy and growing. Recently, the girls were excited to help with our first harvest of the season, rhubarb and lettuce. The first harvest is quite rewarding and nibbling in the garden is accepted! I enjoyed the transformation of their faces as they chewed on a stalk of rhubarb; priceless. (more…)