How I Created A Self-Sustaining Garden

May 24, 2018 | 3

Recently, I attended a conference where Jean-Martin Fortier and Joel Salatin spoke. It was a great experience meeting people interested in the same things as me. Of course, the main topic of the convention was growing plants and animals to sell at a market (market gardening/farming), but almost everyone there…

Product Scouted: Barebones Hori Hori Knife

May 12, 2018 | 4

Are you ever in need of a sharp, portable digging tool that can also serve as a knife, twine cutter, bottle opener, measuring device, or stake hammer? If your answer was yes to even one of those questions (even the bottle opener), then you must check out the Barebones Living Hori…

Five Tips For Scouting Out Plants On A Budget

May 4, 2018 | 2

Imagine a candy store filled with all of your favorite candies, but only having the money to buy one. How would you go about choosing the right one? What if you wanted multiple types or couldn’t decide? Ahh, the frustration! This is the same sort of dilemma that many budget-conscious…

Is Time An Issue? Take The Ten Minute Challenge With Me!

Apr 27, 2018 | 6

Whew! Life has been busy. Between school, keeping up my garden, writing posts, working a part-time job, taking photos, editing the photos… you get the idea. Since I’ve been so short on time, I took a brief stroll through my garden today to see what was happening. Can you believe…

Native Plants To Grow In Your Garden

Five Underutilized Native Plants For Your Garden

Apr 22, 2018 | 5

Happy Earth Day everyone! To celebrate the beautiful world we live in, I visited my local nature preserve and and gathered some pictures of five cool native plants that are underutilized in the garden setting. I will keep the writing brief – this will be a mostly visual post. Here…

Garden Photography: A Short Rundown of What You Need To Know

Apr 2, 2018 | 12

I have always been fascinated with plants. I have always been fascinated with photography. Put them together and what do you get? Plant photography (surprise!). Since this is such big part of my life, I figured that today is the day that I finally share some tips and tricks for…

Why Do Trees Leaf Out?

Mar 23, 2018 | 13

This is a question that fascinates me. When I look around in spring, I notice that although the maples and the magnolias are out, the hickories and sweet gums are not. Why is that? Today I’d like to take a shot at answering that question. I’ve figured out there seem…

Battling Invasive Bamboos

Mar 4, 2018 | 13

Lately I’ve been having some plant issues. Major issues. The giant bamboo in my backyard (some of which exceeds 50 feet tall) is galloping into the neighboring woods at an astonishing 20 feet per year. Wherever it grows, it creates a monoculture. My neighbor planted it in the 80’s as a novelty…

Ordering Seed For Spring Planting + My Favorite Seed Companies

Feb 24, 2018 | 24

    It’s that time of year again! The time when I am glued to my comfortable leather chair in the library room paging through the three foot tall stack of seed catalogs and deciding which seeds I should plant this year. Well, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but…