Radish, Peas and Greens Salad

Radish,peas and greens salad recipe This salad will pair great with your favorite early summer menu. Surprisingly easy to make and filled with colorful vegetables you can sow the seeds and harvest in a few short weeks. My kids loved growing their own radishes and harvesting them in just a few short weeks to add to recipes like this one. […]

Seedless VS Seed Rose of Sharon Shrub

Traditional Rose of Sharon Shrub Have you seen any exciting new shrubs to add to your landscape this season?  Now is the time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees in my gardening zone. One of my favorite plants to watch for at my local garden centers is from the Hibiscus family.  I’m passionate about the Rose of Sharon shrub and […]

Spring Promises From The Garden

Exciting Variety  from 2013 IGC Spring in Ohio this year is extra special after the harshest winter we have had in 30 years.  As the sun begins to warm the landscape we are starting to see the damage and destruction from this epic weather system that was upon us all winter long.  On April 15 we had an additional  inch […]

ECO-LAWN vs TRADITIONAL TURF What’s the difference?

Family and Pet Friendly Yesterday on my Facebook home feed the first post to pop up was The Iris Guy ( Kelly Norris  or Rainbow Iris Farms) sharing how he was awakened by the sounds of a nearby neighbor mowing their lawn.  All I could think was ‘It was a long winter…. and I’d rather hear a mower then a […]

Spring Landscape Clean Up

20140419-234017.jpg The crocus have finished blooming as the daffodils are in full bloom in my landscape. I plant hundreds of bulbs every autumn and come spring it is quit the show. Today I spent time cleaning up some of the back landscaping around the back of the garage, breezeway and home. Daffodils planted 14 years ago […]

Protecting Tulips from Deer

BGgarden_tulipsSpring13 (11) My garden is surrounded by wildlife heaven with woods including the river running through it. Although we love to have a passing deer in the meadow I don’t appreciate their love for my

Tales of a Cautious Rose Pruner

Red Carpet Rose After Winter 2014 Patiently waiting in my Northwest Ohio ( gardening zone 5b ) garden for the sunshine and warmer temperatures to wake up my rose shrubs. It is the first week with temperatures above freezing and I’m anxious to see any signs of life coming from my treasured roses. With all the excitement being shared on social […]

Home Sweet Garden Link Party

My Flowers Home My garden is filled with shades of brown but plenty of rich tons of color from Autumn that are starting to come back alive. One of my favorites is under the variegated tree in my 6 year old shade garden where …..

Got Bugs?

Bugs in my Garden Did you know that there are  many good bugs you may want to think twice about in your garden.  It’s true .. there are many fabulous bugs I welcome to my garden each year.  These bugs are called beneficial garden insects and they can help you grow organically and safely.  When you invite good bugs […]

Easy Seed Starting Project

#gardenchat Friend Tom Sent HOT SEEDS! After the winter of 2014 and the below normal temperatures in spring , I’m excited to get sowing seeds indoors.  Now that the weather forecast is starting to look like there are warmer days ahead it makes me super anxious to think about what to plant in my summer garden.  Seed sowing is super easy […]

It’s Time To Think Grow Your Own Fruit

Strawberry Plants Spring is taking it’s time here in the Midwest at warming up and that isn’t holding the nurseries and garden centers back from providing the trees, shrubs and plants that can be plant now. Just like Autumn planting season, this is the time to start planting many fruit shrubs and trees. Here are some of […]

I’m Sharing a Tip on Learning and Growing #PlantASeed

#plantaseed Earlier this month Kim Vij tweeted me about this really cool event taking place March 31 designed to get kids in the garden. @BG_garden @Pinterest so sorry I missed your #Pinspiration chat, we're excited about our March 31 project #plantaseed http://t.co/1zvC5eCJCf — Kim Vij (@EducatorsSpin) March 9, 2014 So I clicked on over to Kims’ […]

What the First Day of Spring Looks Like in My Garden

First Bloom - PrimRose Yippy … It’s the first day of Spring!  I remember there was a time in my life I couldn’t wait for the first official day of Spring with thoughts that the grass would immediately be green, the flowers would begin blooming and the day would be at least above 50*f.  Of course it was a […]