Killer Compost

All gardeners should be aware that herbicides residues can persist and end up in the compost that they make or buy. Avoid disastrous plant results by checking out where your compost ingredients come from.

Labyrinth Plantings

Last year, I posted about installing a stone labyrinth for a client.  We started in the fall, worked through the winter, and just finished up the spring plantings. Go to Healing Labyrinth-Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, to see how I created and implemented the design and installation. The theme for the plantings was pollinator friendly shrubs and perennials …

The Realm of Fairy- Creating Fairy Gardens

The Philadelphia Flower Show Gardener's Studio I am going to present at the Philadelphia Flower Show Gardener's Studio on March 4th and am very excited about the topic.  Since the theme for the flower show is Brilliant!, which is celebrating Great Britain, I thought that designing fairy gardens would fit right in, kind of like …

Fabulous Fall Performers- The Best of the Best

Color in the Fall Golden Rod A succession of color and flowers is easy to produce in the spring and early summer, but once September hits, the show of blooms peeters out and it gets harder and harder for the garden to be colorful. That is why I am sure to plant some stellar standouts, that …

Suburban Homesteading – Raising and Preserving Sustainable Food

Sustainable is the new catch word for gardening. I hear it everywhere and I think it is overused without anyone really understanding exactly what it means.  By definition it means -  Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources. And by working gardens, keeping chickens for meat and eggs, preserving food, adding solar panels, …