Between the Storms

Hello El Nino!  I love the rain! As I looked out the window on Tuesday and relished in the sound of rain on my roof I remembered that I had forgotten to get pavers and grass seed for the gardner. Ugh!  The thought was a rain buzz kill! The rain was relentless yesterday. Fortunately the…

Edible Garden

Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? Considering that I do not have a green thumb I’m going to say that mine is doing rather well!  This is all new to me! Sun, soil, water, growing seasons!  I’m discovering where things grow best in winter vs summer on our property. I have the…

My Tomato the Hero

Last summer my goal was to have an edible garden in our home. Even though I’m very far away from having a French Laundry type of set up I am proud of the progress I’ve made. Specially considering that I don’t really have a green thumb. I’ll get to taking pictures of all of our boxes…

Succulent Bowls

We had G’s 3rd Birthday Party at our house.  These shindigs are always a lot of work but in the end they’re well worth it.  It’s the first time we’ve had a party for her.  I might make it an annual event because the timing, in March, ties in perfectly with Spring cleaning. The back yard…

Nature’s Free Mulch

Every fall as the leaves begin to drop I ask the gardeners to use them as mulch for our plant beds. I finally found a gardener who understands what organic gardening is all about and follows my “crazy” methods. Actually, he also teaches me new things.  It’s fantastic! I use leaves as mulch because all…

It’s Spring!

It’s the season to get into the garden again!  I’m excited because last fall I dipped my toe into the whole edible garden thing and now I’m ready to dive in! I told you all about the blueberries and the vertical garden. Over the winter…I know, if you live in the Northeast United States you’re…

Currently Blooming

While the rest of the country is buried in snow, we in Southern California, are in what I consider our prettiest season.  The hills are lush and green thanks to all the rain!  The temperatures are either warm and lovely or just cool enough to get cozy in a sweater and slippers. The sun is…

Hose Reel

We were in desperate need of a hose reel for the back yard.  Our 100ft hose was constantly snaked around all over the place. This was the hose on a good day:   Everyone tripped over it because it’s in a high traffic area.  However, I didn’t want to settle for a cheap plastic reel from…

Vertical Garden

  It’s been so long since I was last on here.  We had many projects come together during the summer. But, then the girl’s started school and I was overwhelmed.  Both girls are now going either full time or part time. You’d think it would give me more time to write.  But to be honest, I needed…