After living in our house for over 20 years, we finally decided to do a complete landscape makeover. It will take dozens of DIY projects to finish the job. To get things started, I dusted off my old power tools and made these two planter boxes, a perfect project for a beginning woodworker. Find out how I did it!
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?
The last frost date has passed and planting has begun! It’s been a busy month of soil preparation, more seed starting experiments, yard clean-up, DIY projects. And already we’ve been harvesting our lettuce and perennial herbs! What a treat to have healthy food right outside our front door.
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.
Tomato transplant success! Check out my results from moving over 100 tomato plant seedlings to larger pots! This month, I’ve also started flower seeds indoors for my cottage garden. I’ve done more experiments and have had some failures and mediocre results, but overall, my indoor seed starting is looking good! Follow along with my latest installment.
Gardening season has begun, and it’s been a busy February! This year, I’m experimenting with starting seeds indoors. I’m growing tomatoes, hot chili peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and lots of herbs for cooking. Check out my progress – successes, failures and cat-astrophes!
Looking for holiday family fun in Northern Virginia? Check out the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Walk through the garden under shimmering colorful lights shaped like flowers and garden animals. Then stop for a sweet treat at the fire pit. What a delight!
Let’s see how my homemade, backyard compost fares against the store-bought kind. I’m putting the tomatoes to the test!
Need a little color inspiration? Let nature choose your palette. Get select color codes from this image for your next design.
I caught these two busy bees doing what they do best.