Saving Water During Dry Spell

20140806-010933-4173128.jpg All summer it seems I’ve been watching the rain develop over to the North and South of my garden leaving us dry and having to water the garden.  Recently neighboring community Toledo, Ohio water source  was declared toxic and over 400,000 residents were advised NOT to drink or water vegetables with the city water that […]

The #Saturday6 Bloggers Talk about Family-Friendly Gardening on Twitter #gardenchat

Troy-bilt on #gardenchat August 4th 2014 You’ll know I’m a huge fan ( and the administrator) of #gardenchat network so I want to tell you about tonights event featuring some of my favorite gardening bloggers and Troy-Bilt . We’re happy to welcome back Troy-Bilt® (@Troybilt), a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden outdoor power equipment, as host of our #gardenchat. Tonight, we’re […]

My Home Garden in August

20140803-114334-42214453.jpg YES Please …..   It is the first week in August here in the Midwest and we are experiencing a dry spell that I remember reading predictions about in the Farmers Almanac last winter.  I told myself then that I would reflect on how much snow we had and how I would stay warm dreaming […]

A Few of My Favorite Facts About Peppers

This 2015 AAS Vegetable Award Winner: Pepper Sweet Sunset F1 Orange,red,purple and most definitely green peppers are at the top of my list of favorites to grow and prepare during the summer months. Preparing the pepper by slicing, dicing, or keeping it whole are all ways you can not go wrong when enjoying a healthy pepper.  In today’s post I want to share with you […]

10 Sustainable Organic Gardening Tips

Earthworm-Technologies-Gardenchat-Host-Twitter-Sustainable-Organic-Gardening Earthworm Technologies  guest host on #gardenchat on Twitter Monday, July 21, 2014 and the buzz was all about Sustainable Organic Gardening .  Our friends at @EarthwormTec  picked this topic because they felt everyone could benefit from getting some gardening tips to not just help grow your own herb gardens, flower gardens, vegetables and fruits but to open your […]

GrowIt Mobile: The App That Helps You Grow Socially

GrowIt!_LOGO It’s Monday … time to talk whats new in the garden world on #gardenchat Twitter chat forum! Tonight on #gardenchat we welcome the co-founder of GrowIt! Mason Day as our guest host. Growit! is a brand new mobile app that seeks to connect gardeners with other gardeners in their local areas like never before. It’s […]

Happy Volunteers

Mystery Sunflower What could be better then a plant that takes care of itself and brings happiness? NOTHING –  That is why I’m excited to share a few of my favorite sunflowers that are popping up in my garden this year.  These sunflowers that have been added to my garden by the visiting birds is just another […]

Is Dappled Willow the RIGHT Choice in your Landscape

willow upclose : is it the shrub for your garden? 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 […]

It’s OK to #Selfie Share in Moderation

Bren Sharing Harvest Today #selfie 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 […]

Dirt to Dinner : Skillet Eggplant Recipe

My First Eggplant 2014 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 […]

PlantsMap : Growing a Community on #gardenchat June 30

PlantsMap Gardenchat Guest Host 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 […]

Boom ChickA Pop : Getting Folks in the Garden

Ready Set Grow 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 […]

Planting Tomato Plants

Brandywine Tomato / Heirloom Tomatoes were the reason I first started growing my own vegetable garden.  Nothing taste better then a ripe home grown tomato. Today I want to share with you how I plant tomatoes in my 40’x60′ traditional garden. Move Mouse Over Each Image  for More Information Planting Tomato Tips Prune lower leafs of starter plant before […]

Growing Cucumbers

Burpless Cucumbers Nothing beats picking a fresh cucumbers from it’s lush green vine and adding slices to your favorite summer menu or just for snacking.  Cucumbers have been at the top of my list for easy veggies to grow because the seed is easy to grow and your will be able to harvest most varieties in under […]

Star of My Garden

tree peonies Blue Amazing that I still have the 5″ cardboard box the tree peonies root was in when I purchased it 4 years ago at a garden center in the Seattle area. I can’t believe I found it in a folder with Northwest Flower Show information I had saved. The Peonies  Tree Blooming this year after being […]

Thank You All Who Have Served – #MemorialDay

My family in the buggy their Uncle Mic built riding in the Memorial Day Parade. Thanks to all those who have served we are able to enjoy time freely in the gardens across America.  We can grow what we want… how we want … and I’m forever grateful for that! The photo above was taken with my very first digital camera in 2001 at the Perrysburg, Ohio Memorial Day Parade. […]