Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps Stump Lettuce Garden with Lettuce Seed Growing

Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps

Last year I published a post on the Oswegoland Park District’s Food Pantry Garden and the awesome WOG’s [Women of the Garden] who run the community garden.  While walking around their garden I spotted an ingenious green and sustainable planting idea — stump planters. Here is how you do it – Find a stump or the […]

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Spring Cleaning With Meliora K. – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion Meliora K No Frills Soap Bar

Spring Cleaning With Meliora K. – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

The Graffiti Experiment  is happy it’s spring! This project is intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of hate and gang symbols in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment […]

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How To Stop Losing Garden Tools Stop Losing The Garden Tools 2

How To Stop Losing Garden Tools

Do you regularly lose the garden tools because their colors melt into the garden? I do. It’s infuriating. It’s tragic. It drive me nuts. I totally lose my mind over losing the tools. I’ve left garden tools out all winter and found them in spring. My great friend and stand-in Mom, Eileen, came over last […]

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Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Hello Spring

Hello Spring! In celebration of spring breaks everywhere – warm beaches, sunny gardens, and delightfully sinful lazy days – I give you the first spring cocktail recipe. ::ding:ding:ding:: I welcome the celebration with the Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe. It is particularly fantastic with my beloved Tito’s Vodka and is even better if you […]

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The Graffiti Experiment - This special painted fence project is intended to build gang graffiti awareness and prevention on how urban communities might work to inspire positive change. Link through to read more about the fence champions.

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Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Hello Spring

Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Hello Spring! In celebration of spring breaks everywhere – warm beaches, sunny gardens, and delightfully sinful lazy days – I give you the first spring cocktail recipe. ::ding:ding:ding:: I welcome the celebration with the Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe. It is particularly fantastic with my beloved Tito’s Vodka and is even better if you […]

Apr 4, 2014 6:30

Garden

How To Stop Losing Garden Tools

Stop Losing The Garden Tools 2

Do you regularly lose the garden tools because their colors melt into the garden? I do. It’s infuriating. It’s tragic. It drive me nuts. I totally lose my mind over losing the tools. I’ve left garden tools out all winter and found them in spring. My great friend and stand-in Mom, Eileen, came over last […]

Apr 7, 2014 6:42

Green Ideas

Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps

Stump Lettuce Garden with Lettuce Seed Growing

Last year I published a post on the Oswegoland Park District’s Food Pantry Garden and the awesome WOG’s [Women of the Garden] who run the community garden.  While walking around their garden I spotted an ingenious green and sustainable planting idea — stump planters. Here is how you do it – Find a stump or the […]

Apr 14, 2014 6:06

Urban Life

Last Snow of Winter at Fermilab Natural Areas

Nepese Marsh frozen with snowy butterfly weed fermilab

Winter has been hitting me hard. I spent a good portion of my morning whining about the additional 4 inches of snow the Chicagoland area got last night. Hopefully the last big snow for the season. I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder and have felt the darkness and cold weather as an oppressive […]

Mar 12, 2014 14:10

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Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps

Stump Lettuce Garden with Lettuce Seed Growing

Last year I published a post on the Oswegoland Park District’s Food Pantry Garden and the awesome WOG’s [Women of the Garden] who run the community garden.  While walking around their garden I spotted an ingenious green and sustainable planting idea — stump planters. Here is how you do it – Find a stump or the […]

Spring Cleaning With Meliora K. – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

Meliora K No Frills Soap Bar

The Graffiti Experiment  is happy it’s spring! This project is intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of hate and gang symbols in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment […]

How To Stop Losing Garden Tools

Stop Losing The Garden Tools 2

Do you regularly lose the garden tools because their colors melt into the garden? I do. It’s infuriating. It’s tragic. It drive me nuts. I totally lose my mind over losing the tools. I’ve left garden tools out all winter and found them in spring. My great friend and stand-in Mom, Eileen, came over last […]

Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Hello Spring

Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe

Hello Spring! In celebration of spring breaks everywhere – warm beaches, sunny gardens, and delightfully sinful lazy days – I give you the first spring cocktail recipe. ::ding:ding:ding:: I welcome the celebration with the Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe. It is particularly fantastic with my beloved Tito’s Vodka and is even better if you […]

Cactus Houseplant Garden Design Solution

Cactus Design in High Window

Design problem: What do you do if you have high windows in your home and they look devastatingly empty? Placing traditional plants up there is challenging because you have to climb up and water them all the time, right? What about a drought tolerant low-water solution? Cactus. In the above photo you see one of […]

Thoughts On Front Lawn Edibles – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

Pollinator Fence Graffiti Experiment Photo in Winter

The Graffiti Experiment  continues in March – is it spring yet? This is a project intended to inspire community unity. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the monthly fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment up for a longer period of time. In […]

Coleus Plant Container Garden Design

Coleus Under the Sea Hort Couture Container Garden

I potted up my favorite coleus plant container garden design ever. I used a special coleus in this planting which has a unique multi-color lobed design on each leaf. This coleus is from Hort Couture’s very bold and bright Under the Sea line which includes Coleus ‘Electric Coral’, Coleus ‘Lion Fish’ and Coleus ‘Red Coral’. […]

Amaryllis as a Year Round Houseplant

Red Amaryllis flower with Green Eye

Used to be you’d only see amaryllis as a seasonal holiday plant. I have shown you how to grow the flowers in the off season and even in your summer garden, but I had to show you this gorgeous blooming amaryllis ‘Minerva’ from Longfield Gardens that is blooming right now at my house. I have never […]

How To Build A Wasp Nest Mobile

Wasp Nest Mobile Feature Image

Austin, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit. My friend and fellow creative gardener, Austin Neal (photo below), lives in Austin. Yes. Austin from Austin. Dontcha just love that craziness? Last time I dropped in he toured me around all the local farmer’s markets and we ate our way through the Whole Foods […]

Last Snow of Winter at Fermilab Natural Areas

Nepese Marsh frozen with snowy butterfly weed fermilab

Winter has been hitting me hard. I spent a good portion of my morning whining about the additional 4 inches of snow the Chicagoland area got last night. Hopefully the last big snow for the season. I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder and have felt the darkness and cold weather as an oppressive […]