I’ll trade you a bucket of lawn for a bucket of pea gravel!

  These photos are from Houzz.com and  on occasion I will visit this website to be inspired when I am working on our Urban Potager. This spring I have been busy adding more edible plants and natives while learning to landscape with pea gravel. I have found pea gravel to work well in our urban oasis since…

The most important part of our gardens are the people

 This week in the Midwest we have been experiencing terrible spring weather which brings damaging high winds and sometimes tornadoes. I have lived all my life in the midwest of the USA, and tornado watches are part of spring, but the last few years, and maybe it is because of the media it just seems there…

Elementary my dear,it is a citified kitchen garden

Since I first learned to read I have been a big mystery fan. I love the challenge of trying to figure out “who done it.” I do not watch too much tv, but what TV I do watch is many mysteries. I am a big fan since childhood of Sherlock Holmes, so when they have…

In the MUCK of life perseverance prevails!

In the MUCK of life beauty comes forth from periods of hardship and boy has this winter been a hardship in our gardens.We have had one of the longest, coldest, + most snow fallen in decades. After weeks of below freezing winter, the muck in our life can last too long and it seems as…

Have you heard the news “Dirt is the new Prozac”

Just think dirt is the new Prozac! Yes, creating a garden in your city lot can help with depression and anxiety. There is scientific proof that it heals our mind! It is evident to those of us that grow plants or spend time outdoors that we feel better, but now we have scientific evidence that it…

Historic Pansy Mix saved to take us back to days gone by…

Right now we are in one of the worst winters I have seen in a while. I am so tired of snow + cold now that it is a joy to start my spring Historic Pansy Mix ( Viola × wittrockiana) inside under lights.I know some people have had them winter over in their garden, but I have…

My Old Gal will live on and we can age together!

A few weeks ago I called a local arborist. It is not easy to find an arborist in the Quad Cities. Our Quad Cities is home to 5 cities “straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary, in the United States. The cities are Davenport + Bettendorf(Iowa), and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (in…