Lazy Deadheading

Do you do much deadheading? It’s a garden chore I get pretty lazy about. But the other day I just couldn’t ignore my front door planters any longer. The geraniums were looking very neglected and sad, and the blooms were becoming few and thin. An inexperienced gardener might think their plant had completed its natural lifespan…

Officially a working mom

It’s official. I’m a working mom. I’ve heard this described on the interwebs as ‘super mom.’ Which seems silly to me, because aren’t like, almost all moms working moms these days? I guess we’re all super. Anyway. It’s hella hard. But our family is finding a groove. If you can call 4:30 a.m. wake up calls…

Power gardening

My spring continues to be a hectic one, which makes meeting essential gardening milestones a bit of a squeeze. But this week I managed to hit some targets by cramming in a few intensive sessions between other commitments. We’ve been very lucky to have a week of lovely weather, bookended by weekends of the same….

Welcome NOW readers!

How flattered I am to be ‘consulted’ by my pal Adria Vasil over at Ecoholic about getting your seedlings started for the upcoming season! There are certainly many more experts out there with greater knowledge than I, but to build on the story in this week’s NOW magazine, here are some additional tips and tricks….

I has carrots!

And beets, and tomatoes, and kohlrabi, and…and…and… The garden is really coming into it’s own. The tomatoes have been staked and I’ve already picked two! That’s right, two tomatoes and it’s only July 6th. They’re Stupice, a Czech heirloom variety that I grew last year and are known to be spectacularly early. They’re a smaller…

A little mosaic from last weekend…

This weekend has so far been perfect gardening weather, and today Chris and I took care of some major chores, not the least of which was replacing the back door to the garage (yay Chris!). This project involved recycling the original front door from the house and lots of trimming and fitting, and more trimming…

And now I have raised beds!

…and a replanted front and back lawn, trimmed oak and locust trees, and loads more dirt and composted horse manure! We did some seriously back breaking hard labour this weekend. It started on Friday when I had a ginormous load of triple mix delivered onto our front lawn, from the folks at Jenkins Soil, and…

Yes, carrots do grow in the ground

I know things have been a little slow on the blog updating lately and I do apologize. I do have lots to post about, soon enough, but there are some things going on that have me a bit distracted. A very long post is coming soon… However, in the spirit of the spring and the…

Putting the garden to bed for another year

This past weekend was another one of those fabulously sunny weekends that you just know are going to become fewer and farther between as autumn slips into winter (eek!). About a month ago, I bought about 70 bulbs at Sheridan Nurseries in my usual, carried away fashion. Every spring I get so excited by all…