Cleaning My Pruning Shears: Inspiration For This Website

Garden pruner sharpening and cleaning

I sharpened and cleaned my pruning shears today. I’m embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I’ve ever completed this task. Earlier this year, I was in a #gardenchat and the topic of pruning came up, including what people do wrong when they’re pruning and tool maintenance. I realized that I didn’t have a good answers for any of… Read more »

Ring Corsages And Succulent Cuffs: Wearable Garden Trends

Do not reuse Ring Corsage Fiona Perry Floral Design

Who wants a boring old wrist corsage when you could have one of these cool ring corsages? Lux Wedding Florist has a post sharing more on the trend. Whoa. Love it. For my birthday, Valentine’s Day. Having it with me all day long. This one is from Fiona Perry Floral Design. floral rings are the new corsage! these ring corsages are a trend… Read more »

Is Fall Vegetable Gardening The Most Difficult Gardening?

Fall vegetables in seed tray: pumpkin, baby spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce

I’ve never planted fall vegetables before, but I am doing it this year. Here’s my plan: Seeds: Acorn squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, romaine lettuce, baby spinach. Based on the fact that these were pretty much the only seed packets for sale at the garden center, they seem to be excellent choices for this time of year. The seed packets mainly give sowing information relevant… Read more »

This Plant Is Elephant Food: What I Want To Know About The Plants I Buy

Portulacaria aura 'Variegata' elephant food succulent

I’m a sucker for the succulent display at The Home Depot. I always stop to see what’s new for sale while I’m picking up my sheets of drywall and two-by-fours. This week, I found Portulacaria aura ‘Variegata,’ a succulent with tiny leaves on sturdy stems. I thought, “Eh, pretty cute.” Then I read the rest of the pot label: “Drought tolerant when… Read more »

Why I Need #HowToNature Chat…And You Might, Too

spathiphyllum on desk

I spent years as an editor at greenhouse and garden center magazines. My background was in journalism, not horticulture. I learned about plants and flowers along the way. On-the-job learning. Gardening is not second nature to me. When you sit at a desk all day, nature doesn’t come naturally. I’m a computer geek who wants to be a true plant geek…. Read more »

How To Nature: Let’s Talk, Self-Taught And Beginner Gardeners

succulent echeveria

This is a safe space. No judgments. Let’s hear all your gardening questions so we can all get rid of our black thumbs by learning from each other. If you’re any of the following, How To Nature might be for you: You’ve been stuck behind a desk for too long You have a lawn to take care of now You’re a… Read more »