seedlingcover

Seedlings!

I am pleased to say that the mini-greenhouse, seed-starting experiment is a roaring success! It is by far the easiest seed-starting setup I have ever used. Within days of planting, I had seedlings with less mess and less fuss than ever before. Just a quick review of this wondrous, yet so simple, seed-starting setup. If you don't have a greenhouse (and the vast … [Read More...]

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seed starting

Seed Starting Using Mini-Greenhouses

Don't you hate it when a certain rodent whose name begins with "P" is right? Parts of South Carolina are preparing for winter to arrive tomorrow afternoon in the form of snow, freezing rain and cold, cold temps. Score one for the groundhog! But according to my planting guide, it's time to start some seeds … [Read More...]

working with nature

Working with Nature: A Gardener’s Pledge

Have you noticed how tidy landscapes and gardens are these days? While I appreciate my neighbors keeping up their yards, I've noticed that many are just too tidy. By this I mean the shrubs are neatly pruned (sheared) into strange round objects, chunky wood mulch (often dyed) is piled in the beds, and the lawn … [Read More...]

butterfly eggs

Butterfly Eggs

No, this is not some sort of joke or craft idea for Easter. I'm simply not that clever. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at butterfly eggs. With all the fuss right now about planting milkweed for the monarchs, you should know what a butterfly egg looks like when you spot one on a … [Read More...]

winter

Winter: The Season of Our Discontent

Gardeners live for the spring...the summer...and the fall. Winter is truly the season of our discontent. We are grumpy, dissatisfied, whiny, cold, and very, very impatient. We bemoan the temperatures, the snow, the wind, and the wet. We complain about the shortened days and the general lack of sunshine. … [Read More...]

Design Tip: Lawn Shape

Design Tip: Give Your Lawn a Shape

Let's talk about lawns. Those sprawling carpets of green that blanket the vast majority of our urban and suburban lots. By now you are probably aware that all that lawn space is unhealthy, wasted space. Turf grass is a whole lot like a very spoiled child. It requires too much attention and doesn't contribute … [Read More...]

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seedlingcover

Seedlings!

I am pleased to say that the mini-greenhouse, seed-starting experiment is a roaring success! It is by far the easiest seed-starting setup I have ever used. Within days of planting, I had seedlings with less mess and less fuss than ever before. Just a quick review of this wondrous, yet so simple, seed-starting setup. If […]

seed starting

Seed Starting Using Mini-Greenhouses

Don’t you hate it when a certain rodent whose name begins with “P” is right? Parts of South Carolina are preparing for winter to arrive tomorrow afternoon in the form of snow, freezing rain and cold, cold temps. Score one for the groundhog! But according to my planting guide, it’s time to start some seeds […]

Reupholster an Ottoman

How to Reupholster an Ottoman

Wow! I actually got another small project done yesterday! I managed to reupholster an ottoman. But before I get to that and if you are confused and thought this was a blog about gardening, etc., it is. You are in the right place, but since winter is approaching and I’m in the house more, I’m sharing […]

book swap

Book Swap!

Crafting disaster aside, let’s get back to things I know how to do and love! Books! Books! Books! I love books…real, tangible, made-with-paper, hold-in-your-hands, turn-real-pages books. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to take a look at our libraries for winter entertainment and study. There are gift lists galore right now and chances are […]

failed craft project

Flower Ornament Craft Fail

Oh, boy. I am so not a crafty person. I admire all of you who are. How on earth do you do it? In my mind I am this amazing Martha Stewart type, whipping through Hobby Lobby and gathering my supplies. Then returning home to fashion fabric poinsettias for the Christmas tree all before cooking […]

curtains

Curtains for the Dining and Living Rooms

Fall is winding down and winter is well on its way. I finished my outdoor chores for the year (well…sort of…mostly), and I moved myself indoors for some projects that have been waiting for my attention for far too long. Some garden design work still lingers, and I’m still acquiring plants for clients and placing them […]