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The Gardening Nude 2009 Eco-Blogging Green Adventure in Mexico

Fantastic news readers – I am going to Mexico on a cool green eco-adventure  and I’m taking you with me to experience all the fun! WOOT! In just a few days my family and I will be taking the eco-journey of a lifetime into the jungles, caves, and ocean of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. […]

The Healing Benefits of Gardening – How a Garden Saved My Life

Joe Lamp’l posted the below “guest post” which I wrote on his blog site last week. It received such a positive response, that I wanted to post it here also to let the world know that gardening DID save my life and it can save your life too. = = = = = = = […]

Monday Whazzup – Learn About The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Today I bring to your attention someone absolutely incredible – Captain Charles Moore – who has discovered and is tracking a horrific, devastating environmental issue of such grand proportion it dwarfs most states in size, and indeed, is as large as two Texas’s put together. Watching the amazing TED coverage of Moore and his discovery […]

Creativity In The Garden

Dear Casual Gardener, This year I would like to try something creative and different in the garden. Have any simple ideas for me? Fanny in the Garden = = = = = = = = = = = Dear Fanny, Creativity is the best part of a garden; enabling individuality and artistic expression. It’s good […]

Evil Lurks Where You Least Expect It – The Danger of Six Pack Rings And How You And Your Family Can Make A Difference

Danger lurks where we least expect it in life. Even Darth Vader would be surprised that the danger I am discussing today is not from “the dark force” or giant industrial conglomerates. This danger comes from  the simple six-pack ring and is a serious threat to many in our environment. According to, “During a […]

Is The Future of Gardening Dead or Alive? A Question Posed By Guest Blogger and TV Personality, Joe Lamp’l

Joe Lamp’l is a good friend of mine as well as an inspirational gardener and writer. “Joe Gardener’s” advice helps thousands of gardeners make a green difference. Below he poses an interesting question and we would love to hear what your answer is – so reply and let us know! Any reader of the popular […]

Gardening Nude Naked Winner of the Week: Rachel Edson of La Familia International – An International Mission To Make a Difference

On most Friday’s, my blog features a special person or organization for the day. This person or org is the “Naked Winner of the Week.” All people featured in this category are winners for doing great things for the community and trying to make a difference for the world. You can make a difference too. […]

My Favorite Perennial – the Sturdy Hosta

Dear Casual Gardener, What is the favorite perennial plant in your garden which I could find at almost any home center and is easy to grow? Signed, Curious – – – – – – – - Dear Curious, I get this question ALL the time! Without a doubt, my favorite non-native plant is the Hosta. […]

Get Yo’ Green On Tuesday – SubZero Water Bottles – A Very Disappointing Product Review

While at the local Walgreen’s a week ago I spotted one of those cool new stainless steel water bottles which was advertising it was “Reusable, Refillable,  Recyclable.” It came in several colors and sizes and was made by SubZero. Since I am concerned about plastic usage, I felt this was a great reusable alternative and […]

Monday Whazzup – 2009 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is More Sustainable!

Saturday I got lucky and nude. Well… metaphorically. As a member of the Garden Writers Association, I was allowed to go to the 2009 Chicago Flower & Garden Show as a preview reporter. This was a wonderful experience as I was able to scope out the main floor before the show opened. Imagine my complete […]