How to Grow Dill and 7 Fresh Dill Recipes to Use it All!

I absolutely love fresh dill, however, I hate buying it at the grocery store.  Do you know how much dill I usually use in my recipes?  About a tablespoon.  Do you know how big a bunch of dill is at the store?  HUGE!  Usually, when I buy a bunch of fresh dill I am left with a ton that just ends up being thrown away.  If you learn how to grow dill at home, you can save yourself a ton of money.  Of course, since you have a huge amount of it right at your fingertips, you will need to come up with a ton of ways to use fresh dill before it goes to … [Read more...]

Tips for Organic Gardening with Kids for a Fun and Rewarding Experience!

Kids learn best when they are able to get involved with the learning process. Organic gardening with kids presents a great opportunity to teach your children valuable life lessons with hands-on experience. The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to get your kids engaged in the organic gardening process is to keep their interest. Plant growth takes time, and from seed planting until harvest time of vegetables or flowers, kids often lose interest. Use these tips to capture and hold their attention so you can have a successful summer … [Read more...]

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...]

Lemon and Thyme Gardener Hand Scrub Recipe

This gardener hand scrub recipe will help any gardener tackle the hand mess that happens while playing in the dirt. While there are a lot of things I love about Georgia, the red clay soil is NOT one of them.  Sweet tea is awesome.  Peaches are delicious. Red clay soil stains socks, gets tracked in on dog paws and leaves your hands a mess after you go outside to pull up weeds from the garden!  I decided to tackle the Georgia clay with a homemade hand scrub recipe and since I had a ton of fresh herbs, I went with a lemon and thyme … [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 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...]

8 Spring Garden Vegetables You Must Plant Soon!

I am so excited that it is almost time to start putting in my spring garden. Living in the south means that I have 3 seasons to plant my crops but spring is my favorite one of all.  Last weekend I spent some time out in the yard pulling out old plants and tilling up the soil so I can start planting soon. I will be heading to the garden center to check over their selection of veggies or my spring garden.  Every plant has a season and you need to know what plants will do best in the climate you live in.  In general, you do not want to plant … [Read more...]