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?
Garden Diary 2020 – April
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.
Garden Diary 2020 – March 16-31
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.
Garden Diary 2020 – March 1-15
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.
Garden Diary 2020 – February 1-29
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!
Discovering the Smithsonian Ripley Garden
On our long walk down the National Mall in Washington, DC, my son and I discovered the delightful Smithsonian Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. What a pleasant surprise! This quiet oasis amidst the bustling city will leave you in awe with its burst of colors and creative displays. Bring your camera to record ideas for your own home garden, or simply take a rest under a shade tree near the decorative fountain.
Homemade Compost vs Store-Bought Planting Soil
Let’s see how my homemade, backyard compost fares against the store-bought kind. I’m putting the tomatoes to the test!
Discovering the Kitchen Garden at Bartholdi Park
At the home of political gridlock, I found harmony in nature – a kitchen garden on Capitol Hill. Find out where. Get inspired to create your own.
The Color Palette Series: Mountain Bluet
Need a little color inspiration? Let nature choose your palette. Get select color codes from this image for your next design.
Waiting for Basil
I’m eagerly awaiting for a bountiful crop of basil to grow. I’ve got plans!