Connect with Nature, Even in Winter

The cold weather season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you need to cut yourself off from nature now, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground. From the foods you select to the activities you plan, you can retain your connection to Mother Nature.… [Continue Reading]

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The Firewood Poem

When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2,… [Continue Reading]

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Chinese Solar Calendar: A Traditional Way of Looking At Time

Contributor: As another New Year begins, it's interesting to consider the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which featured 24 mini-seasons closely tied to what was happening in the natural world.  These 24 solar terms helped farmers remember their… [Continue Reading]

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Creating a Cottage Garden

A proper cottage garden, explains Oxford Dictionary, is defined as "an informal garden stocked typically with colourful flowering plants." And that's the type of garden I've created at my home (Zone 6B/7), as you can see above. From self-seeding poppies… [Continue Reading]

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Five Feng Shui Ways To Create A Warm And Nurturing Home

Just in time for the holidays, you'll find expert Feng Shui tips for creating a warm and nurturing home during this stressful month. This guest post is written by NYC-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  Photo credit Ann Bingley… [Continue Reading]

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Five Tips for Your Best Garden Ever!

March 31, 2016

Another gardening season is here. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to get finished outdoors – instead of enjoying your time playing in the soil.  So, in the spirit of pleasure and priorities, here are five tips for keeping your garden looking its best this year.

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Spring Wildflowers near Gaviota

March 20, 2016

This year’s El Nino weather has brought more rain to California, leaving the fields filled with wildflowers such as these wild mustard and lupin flowers blooming near Gaviota in Santa Barbara County. Take an armchair tour of these spring meadows and get a good online resource for wildflowers in this area.

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The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion

January 31, 2016

When breast cancer struck the life of Austin-based landscape designer Jenny Peterson, her connection with nature and the people she loved helped her find emotional and physical healing, as well as spiritual renewal.  Now she wants to help others. In her new acclaimed book, The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion, Jenny tells her story and gives […]

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Seven Strange Facts about Christmas

December 20, 2015

Christmas may be one of America’s favorite holidays, but it’s rather surprising how little we tend to know about the day. Not convinced?  Here are seven of the strangest and most surprising facts about this popular holiday. Photo by Beaucon/Flickr Creative Commons 

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Review: Troy-Bilt String Trimmer and Attachments

December 9, 2015

The holidays came early for my husband this year. That’s because he had the chance to try out Troy-Bilt’s Straight Shaft String Trimmer and several attachments in our garden. As he gives his review of the Troy-Bilt tools, an unexpected guest comes for a look. Check it out!

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Connect with Nature, Even in Winter

November 23, 2015

The cold weather season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you need to cut yourself off from nature now, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground. From the foods you select to the activities you plan, you can retain your connection to Mother Nature. Here are five easy ways to […]

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Grow a Living Wall with Shawna Coronado

November 12, 2015

Perhaps you have a small garden, and want to use that patio wall more effectively. Maybe you have a bad back and would prefer not to bend over. Or, maybe you just want an attractive place to grow your favorite plants. Whatever the reason, there are lots of different types of living walls, and they […]

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Shakespeare Garden in Central Park

October 7, 2015

Even in the world’s largest cities you can still find natural beauty and quiet serenity. The Shakespeare Garden in Central Park is a good example. Just blocks from New York City’s busy streets, this delightful, four-acre garden has stone walkways, old-fashioned herbs, exuberant flowers and even apples, all dedicated to William Shakespeare. Come along on […]

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Growing and Harvesting Watermelons

October 2, 2015

However you slice them, watermelons are delicious and nutritious fruit to feature in your kitchen and garden. Best of all, this fruit can be easy to grow if you pay attention to a few gardening guidelines. Shown above are two ‘Black Diamond’ watermelons almost ready to harvest at my home. Learn some of my favorite […]

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A Late Summer Garden Tour

August 28, 2015

The days are growing shorter. The neighborhood kids are back at school. And my little suburban garden is transitioning from summer to fall. Some plants performed wonderfully this growing season. Other plants didn’t do as well. Here’s a little virtual tour of what’s happening here, as well as some plants that are new to the […]

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