Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Garden Planter Combination ~Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Our entire garden space is visible from our kitchen, office, and family room. It is a living, moving, breathing, singing addition to our daily lives. As such, we keep it groomed, fed, and full of color. This planter has spent over a dozen years on our patio. It contains my favorite combination of flowers: geranium, pansy, sweet alyssum, and rain
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Compost: An Old Secret for New Life

 Is there anything you want?”… “Do you want toys, books, dolls?” “Might I Have a Bit of Earth?”   In her eagerness she did not realize how queer the words would sound and that they were not the ones she had meant to say. Mr. Craven looked quite startled. “Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?” “To plant seeds in—to
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May Basket Delivery

May Basket Delivery

This morning greeted me with newness. Springness. May. The month when flowers take the leading role in our garden. And the sky’s expansive canvas fills with color. And the air’s soft presence thrills with scent. As the calendar turns to May 1st, people all over the northern hemisphere celebrate the awakening of Spring’s fresh start. And for me — this
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Our Compost Sandwich / Vegetable Garden Experiment

Our daughter has a 12 x 12 area where we have been growing veggies.   The first year, it did great.  We grew about 50 spaghetti squash, some zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, flowers and herbs. The second year was disappointing. We were plagued by poor, clay-filled soil and invasive grass. I knew we needed to fix the soil in order to achieve
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What To Do About Freeze Damage?

Many plants in Tucson and surrounding areas suffered damage from below freezing temps, recently.  We recommend patience when dealing with the aftermath, but in some cases there is no doubt about what to do.  Below is a severely damaged impatiens plant that was happily growing and blooming in a pot on our patio. In it’s shady spot on the north
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Orange Peel Vinegar

Our 28-year-old Arizona Sweet tree  is  still  struggling, following the BIG FREEZE of 2010.  I can hardly bear to look at this once-spectacular plant without pondering what I can do to bring it back. I decided to remove about half this year’s crop and cut out all the deadwood. And then do what gardeners often have to do; wait until spring.
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New Beginnings Were Invented for Gardeners!

Here are some of my garden inspirations for 2013: First, I must finish reading the book, Vertical Vegetable Gardening, by Chris McLaughlin. Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: ALPHA (December 31, 2012) ISBN: 978-1615641833 Better yet: I must read the book all year, and keep it handy, because it is full of easy to follow, easy to understand instructions and ideas for growing upwards, growing smart,
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Retro Merry Christmas Wreath

I’m finding the task of making a new wreath every month for 12 months to be a fun challenge! So far they have been easy, inexpensive and attractive. This month was a different story, and I believe if you read this post to the end, my Christmas Wreath will make you snicker. You wouldn’t think that a Christmas wreath would be
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Berry Wreath

Wreath of Berries

Nandina domestica, AKA, Heavenly Bamboo, is one of our favorite plants. A hardy, waterwise evergreen, Nandina grows in part to full sun, zones 5-10, offering year-round beauty, moderate growth, low maintenance, and deer resistance. I use Nandina leaves in flower arrangements, but I never clip its springtime blooms, because by autumn they develop into sturdy clusters of orange red berries
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Leaf Art

Leaf art is easy to make. Here is an Autumn leaf, scanned into  Picasa (a free photo editing program).   I was able to change the image to black and white. …add and change background colors…   …add text… …and make it into something useful. I could go on and on with ideas for this fallen leaf.  But I have
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