My garden is cold and white right now. Standing outside this morning I feel the crisp air and hear the quiet drop of snow as it lands on top of the snow-covered garden beds. When you see the world outside your garden it is easy to see the larger forces as sadly negative. World News [...]
Santa came to visit early – and wow – he only has a mug a mother could love! Happy Holidays from Harry the Pug and all the Gardening Nude family! Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!
It is Winter Break – that dreaded time when all parents sigh a collective groan. How do you keep your kids busy for two weeks of no-school-snow-day-filled holiday? I have the answer: RECYCLE! Teens and pre-teens are all about self-expression. Why not encourage them to pull out the old magazines, catalogs, books, photos, and art [...]
The weather outside is frightful… at least it is in my front garden! Batton down the garden hatches, it is -7 degrees with a windchill of -30 in the Chicagoland area. My best suggestion: hot cocoa and the love of your family. Enjoy! Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!
Ever meet a special soul who changes your life forever from the moment they touch your life? This is what happened for me when I met Luna, the Incredible Recycling Dog. I wrote a feature about Luna and her master, a dear friend of mine, Jim Kleinwachter, in my newly published book, “Gardening Nude.” Tragically, [...]
The simplest and easiest green thing that everyone in the world can do with no trouble at all? CONSERVE WATER AND TURN THE FAUCET OFF WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH! It is so easy a child can learn to do it as demonstrated by my eight year old this morning: Shawna Coronado says Get [...]
Dear Casual Gardener, I like your suggestions about ordering online over the winter. I’m planning my Spring garden in the off season and want to find new resources for my plants. What are the best plant and seed catalogs and how do I access them? Signed, Can’t Wait For the Spring = = = = [...]
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. [...]
Dear Casual Gardener, My wife, Barb, and I have read your column with much interest. While I have lived in my home for 30 years, I have little success in gardening on the east side of my house, which receives very little direct sun each day. Professionals have recommended that I plant hostas and ferns [...]
Get Yo’ Green On Tuesdays – Dangers of Christmas Lights, Garden Lights and Mini-Light Toxins – A Christmas Light Product Warning
Get ready to be shocked: holiday lighting, is poisonous! Every year my children and I decorate our tree with holiday lights – so do millions of children and parents around the world. Did you know that these lights are filled with lead and that by handling them, your family is exposed to lead? Nope? Neither [...]