My big garden plans for 2021 demand the right supplies and equipment to meet the challenge. It’s been a month of trial and error, but I think I’ve found the right tools for the job. Check out my new gear and see how it’s performing!
For this year’s 2021 garden, I’ve decided to GO BIG! I’m attempting to grow a full-blown kitchen garden and landscape almost my entire suburban yard – by seed! I’m growing hundreds of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs in a limited grow space, and will be building DIY containers, trellises and garden furniture all season long. Can I pull it off?
We made an unexpected trip back to Missouri this month to say goodbye to a dear, sweet gardener – my mother-in-law. She represented an era gone by of rural farming during the Great Depression. While away, the garden flourished without me. Fall plantings began to emerge, while some summer crops and flowers found new life once the temperature cooled, bringing my heirloom tomatoes to peak production. Succession planted veggies continue to fill our baskets. I can’t believe how quickly the season went!
Spring planting is complete…for now! But the wacky weather presented some unexpected challenges that may force me to replant. Heavy wind and rain and a Mother’s Day weekend frost required some quick, DIY solutions to protect the tender seedlings. Did my excessive “hardening off” save them?
It’s been a productive two weeks in my garden. Day after day, I’ve been planting more seeds indoors, preparing my food and flower beds outdoors, tending to all the seedlings, and experimenting with the bounds of nature. My body is sore, and my car still smells like cow manure, but the fine spring weather has been a delight in which to toil.
On a recent visit to my mom’s backyard garden in the Midwest, I discovered a favorite source of nectar for hummingbirds and monarch butterflies – zinnias! For just a few dollars worth of seeds, my mom had turned her yard into a wildlife feeding station. Check out the photos!
I was growing a sunflower in the garden when the storm came and broke the stem. I was just about to pull it thinking it was dead, but left it alone just to see what would happen. Did the sunflower survive? Find out!
Need a little color inspiration? Let nature choose your palette. Get select color codes from this image for your next design.
I was so excited to buy my first home more than 20 years ago! But then I realized – WAIT – I’ve gotta take care of this garden! Yikes! Find out how I turned the garden I had inherited into my own, little natural haven.
I caught these two busy bees doing what they do best.