Wanna make your own garden trellis for free?

I’m excited today to give you a glimpse into my DIY garden trellis idea that my daughters and I hatched many springs ago. We needed a good trellis but had zero money to go buy one. Who am I kidding? Even if I had hundreds to invest in a trellis, I would have preferred THIS […]

Japanese Beetles Hate Me & My Chicken Love Me. Score.

Here I am again–gripping onto the last days of summer with white knuckled determination. Moms of college freshman know this pain. As do lovers of all things green, growing, and garden. Thankfully, this one little gardening tip I discovered offers me triple joy. . . (And don’t miss the links near the end for a totally […]

Try These 6 Ingenious Seedling Planters!

Seedling planters tend to overrun our sunny window ledges and counters around this time of the year. And they come in all shapes and sizes. My teen gardener has experimented with quite a few ideas over the years, and I thought I’d share a few of our favorites. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here […]

Being raised on a farm…

Being raised on a farm affects one profoundly. Being raised on a farm is so acutely part of my dad that his boyhood experiences surface now and again–long after the boy has left the farm–as a personality trait. Farm life is a fiber of his being that sinks down to his achy knees and runs through the weathered veins in his hands, inspiring […]

5 Tips for Gardening with Kids

It’s dirty. It makes you sweat. It takes many months of hard work before you ever reap rewards. So is it really possible to enjoy gardening with kids? I think Robert Brault, an American operatic tenor who must create melodies in a garden as beautifully as he does on stage, answered that question well with a query of his own: “Why try to […]

5 Simple Steps to Grow a Garden from Seeds

My father has spent seven decades–more than seventy summers–playing in the dirt. He’s taught my daughter and me a thing or two about keeping a garden and how to grow a garden from seeds. This year, the biggest lessons we’ve learned revolve around growing a garden from seeds. In New England, a gardener must know how […]

5 Simple Steps to Drying Herbs in a Paper Bag

As I jammed the plant stems into brown paper bags, I doubted my attempt at drying herbs in a paper bag would be fruitful. But when late-summer nights ushered in chilly thoughts and earlier evenings, I knew I had to do something with my daughters’ plethora of herbs before Frost made them worthless with her silver-coated, suffocating touch. DISCLOSURE: Do […]