Planting Bulbs in Spring for Vibrant Summer Flowers

With the weather already in the low 60's here in Georgia, we have daffodils blooming and the scent of hyacinths in the air.  While most bulbs are planted in the fall for spring blooming, you can still plant bulbs even after the snow melts.  Planting bulbs in spring will bring you a nice rainbow of colors in your yard during the summer.  However, you need to follow a few of these easy planting tips and make sure to buy the right type of bulbs. I will share a few tips and affiliate links to get you started on your bulb planting journey!How … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

One of the best ways to add flavor to your food is to learn how to grow your own herb garden.  Fresh herbs are not cheap at the grocery store and once you buy them, they go bad fairly quickly.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to grab the cilantro only to find that it is slightly slimy and no longer usable. There goes another $1.00 right into the compost bin.  Herb gardens are a very easy way to ensure that you have fresh herbs right at your fingertips whenever you need them.  Not only do you get fresh flavor in your recipes but … [Read more...]

Garden Journal Ideas and Tips for Year Round Record Keeping

Usually, garden inspiration comes to me at the craziest of times.  Sometimes it's late at night, or while I am in the shower and other times it is the dead of winter. If you are looking for garden journal ideas, the first thing to keep in mind is that gardening is a year round hobby.  I have been gardening for years and have definitely had my share of ups and downs when it comes to results.  Some years I have a plethora of cucumbers and others I get absolutely none.  Sometimes I am hunting for the right type of carrot seeds in March and other … [Read more...]

Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club and got my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  I had a great group of people at my disposal that had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about it.  I was taught how to put up a tent, build a fire, and prevent bears from rummaging in my food stuffs.  I was NOT told quite a number of things that I have … [Read more...]

Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

I must admit that I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest looking at fall decor ideas for my porch and yard.  But, so many of them are way too expensive.  I just don't have  a huge amount of money in the bank for decorating my home.  I have 2 teens that will be heading off to college soon and that has to be my financial  priority. I decided to look for a few fall outdoor decorating ideas that would give my porch and yard pizzaz without costing a fortune.  If you are frugal (whether by need or by nature!), you might enjoy a few of these fall decor … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need Water Features for the Garden

With summer on the way out and the cooler weather of fall moving in soon, you should consider getting outside and doing some landscaping.  Water features for the garden are a great addition to your backyard space.  A few years ago, my husband and I tore out our dilapidated wooden porch and had a stone patio installed. We included a fire pit and seating wall and it was designed in a slightly odd oblong shape to accommodate the  area we needed to keep clear for the septic tank.  After adding in decorative fence posts, grape vines and an … [Read more...]

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

If you are looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your kids, you definitely need to learn how to attract birds to your backyard. Bird watching is not only a fun hobby, it's also a great way to keep bugs from eating your garden plants. I love listening to the birds sing their morning songs in the spring.  Knowing they are eating all those annoying caterpillars makes me even happier!  Many bird species are becoming endangered thanks to humans.  We bulldoze over their natural homes, spray insect killer to destroy their food and let … [Read more...]

How to Clean Patio Furniture and Enjoy Your Outdoor Space!

I love spending time out on my patio in the spring and summer.  However, living in the moldy, pollen loaded south meant that I had to learn how to clean patio furniture the first year we bought this house. The people we bought the house from were getting divorced and neither one wanted the patio furniture so they asked if we wanted to keep it.  Not being the type to turn down free stuff, we said yes.  That was 8 years ago and that patio furniture is still sitting on my back patio.  It's old and faded but still functional so we will not be … [Read more...]

How to Grow Lilies Even Without a Green Thumb

One of the biggest perks of learning how to grow lilies is getting a splash of color in your yard with very little work.  I am a huge fan of gardening but I usually do mostly food gardening.  I understand, however, that flowers play a vital role in the well-being of my vegetable garden.  Flowers attract pollinators and without those little guys I would have no squash come summer!  So, I plant an assortment of flowers that require very little attention. Planting perrenials and an assortment of bulbs gives me the beauty and pollinators that I … [Read more...]

Gardening Tips for Growing Tomatoes in Containers and a Unique Gardening Gift Idea

These gardening tips for growing tomatoes have been sponsored by Uncommon Goods but all opinions are my own.When I first moved into this house 10 years ago, the first thing I did was start putting in garden beds.  I was fairly successful at my garden adventure and regularly brought in baskets of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and herbs.  As the years have passed, the trees surrounding my yard have grown significantly taller and the amount of sunlight my yard gets has dwindled.  It has become harder and harder to grow anything back there, no … [Read more...]