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...]

5 Unusual Reasons to Build a Backyard Garden

Have you been wondering whether or not you should build a backyard garden? The first time I planted something in the ground was 13 years ago.  I didn't give it much thought.  My 3 year old brought home a Lima bean plant he grew in preschool.  He begged me to plant it.  I HATE Lima beans but I was going to help that boy grow the most awesome Lima bean plant ever found in Georgia.  I dug out a patch of grass in the side yard and stuck that spindly little plant in the ground. If I recall correctly, we didn't get many Lima beans off of that … [Read more...]

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty than sunny and tan. Sorry, maybe that's weird!  Our love of the outdoors did not stop once we had kids.  We threw the baby in a backpack and continued hiking up mountains.  The kids have hit those fun teenage years (yeah...that is sarcasm there!) and we struggle to get them out into the woods with us occasionally. Hiking with teens is a challenge.  … [Read more...]

Tips for the Beginning Gardener and a Garden Update

These tips for the beginning gardener have been sponsored by  Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have been gardening for many years but it seems like every seasonI learn something new.  Gardening can be a wonderful hobby that is both frustrating and immensely satisfying.  If you are a beginning gardener you need to go into this process with a clear understanding that it does take a bit of work, some research, and a whole lot of luck some years!  However, feeding your family right from the backyard is also incredibly … [Read more...]