willow upclose : is it the shrub for your garden?

Is Dappled Willow the RIGHT Choice in your Landscape

The willow that gives personality to the landscape 3 out of the 4 seasons in my Midwest may not be the right choice for all landscapes.  I first noticed the dappled willow or  ‘Hakuro-nishiki’  a few years ago on a residential property on the way into town.  The quick growing shrub was beautiful and appeared […]
July 21, 2014 0
Bren Sharing Harvest Today #selfie

It’s OK to #Selfie Share in Moderation

Being a photographer gives me an excuse to be the one hiding behind the lens of a camera.  I wouldn’t consider myself shy  but I’m constantly trying to build confidence to toot my own horn in person or online. The trendy of sharing #selfies has actually helped me be more confident at sharing a candid […]
July 17, 2014 4
My First Eggplant 2014

Dirt to Dinner : Skillet Eggplant Recipe

If you garden and grow your own food you KNOW the joy just before lunchtime when I picked my first 2 oriental eggplants from the raised bed garden.  Hmmm…. what can I do with just a small amount of eggplants and a garden filled with herbs, garlic and onions?  I’m skillet grilling in olive oil […]
July 7, 2014 2
Grilled Veggie and Pasta Recipe

Summer Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Basil Recipe

It’s the first days of summer and I’m seeing signs that my tomato harvest isn’t too far away.  The basil is in full bloom and ready to be picked and I’m craving a homemade pasta dish.  Tonight we are enjoying this easy recipe that you can recreate adding most any veggies you have ripe in […]
July 2, 2014 0
PlantsMap Gardenchat Guest Host

PlantsMap : Growing a Community on #gardenchat June 30

On Monday #gardenchat ( Twitter Chat Forum) the Founders of PlantsMap.com are guest hosting the 1 hour event.   I’m really excited to have Bill and Tracy Blevins on #gardenchat to share about their amazing gardening social platform called PlantsMap.  I recently started my own documentation on Plants Map featuring my BGgarden .  Bill Blevins helped […]
June 29, 2014 2
3 Things to Love About June Gardening

3 Things to Absolutely Love About Gardening in June

The 30 days of June are always filled with outdoor garden adventures because the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere is amazing and quite perfect in my opinion as a Midwest gal! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of June 2014 and I can’t help but reminisce on the wonderful things the garden […]
June 24, 2014 6
Ready Set Grow

Boom ChickA Pop : Getting Folks in the Garden

Did you know that Corn is monoecious (mon-ee-shuss) which means that there are both male and female flowers on each corn plant?  I learn the coolest things on social media.  Now to the best facts which is the growing trend of more people learning how to grow their own food.  When I saw the ‘Grow Some […]
June 6, 2014 5