February 29, 2020

Just when we thought we were doing it right….

No - it turns out that a lot of us were just “wish” cycling!  You know, you are not sure if an item is really recyclable but it seems like it should be, so in the the recycle bin it goes.  But, guess what might happen when y...

November 21, 2019

We live on the knife’s edge - that edge being the delicate balance of ecosystems of this, our earthly home.  We can see all around us the results of introducing (purposefully or inadvertently) invasive non-native plants to our gardens and surroundings - Bradford Pear,...

June 24, 2019

There are over 3000 known varieties of tomatoes. If I could, I would plant one of each! That's how passionate I am about growing tomatoes! 

There is only one reason to grow your own tomatoes...the taste! 

Not even Farmers Market compares to home grown to my palate. 


April 29, 2019

April 2019

Some of my earliest and most favorite childhood memories are of the wonderful aromas and fragrances of my grandmothers kitchen and garden.   To this day – those same scents and aromas still make me feel happy, and loved.  My mother was also a gardener and a m...

February 6, 2019

I was a babe in arms when Mom and Dad, my two older siblings, and I departed MA during dad’s army service at the start of World War II.  The army domiciled us in VA and TX, and finally Riverside, CA.  Once a year in summer (when leave was available) my parents would dr...

January 10, 2019

Don’t think that just because winter is coming, your garden will lose all interest!  Over the years it has slowly dawned on me there are some very colorful and sometimes very fragrant plants that positively shine during the winter months.  

Look at the Winterberry:


December 8, 2018

T’is the season to be jolly and deck the halls with vibrantly colored seasonal plants to greet the coming holidays.  Although a tropical plant, the most popular, best- selling holiday plant is the Poinsettia.   Sales exceed 35 million plants yearly and contribute more...

November 28, 2018

As I am sitting here in my warm house, thinking of the gardening chores that still need to be done, I usually end up looking at bulb catalogs. You might think it is too late for bulbs, but it’s not!  Our fall this year has been very warm with just a few cold days sprin...

November 16, 2018

Have you ever heard of a program called NC Beautiful?  No?  Well you are not alone.  

NC Beautiful is a private non-profit agency that provides up to $1,000 in grants to certified K-12 teachers in schools across North Carolina. The grants are used for environm...

October 8, 2018

OCTOBER! Such a lovely month in North Carolina. Cooler temperatures motivate us to clean up our flower beds, winterize, add some mulch and sanitize those garden tools with some bleach water. I call it putting the garden to bed for the winter.

It's not too late to sow so...

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