Gardening Adventures: Seed-Starting Planning

It has finally started to warm up here after weeks upon weeks of frigid temps & over 30 inches of snow. We have been enjoying a few 40+ degree days here, which of course just serves to get me itching to garden it up as soon as possible. I’m in gardening zone 5b, so planting…

Adventures in Gardening: Harvesting Celosia Seeds

A year ago, a forgotten bundle of dried celosia flowers paved the way to the growing from seed journey that was 2020 for me. I was able to harvest a bunch of seeds from the flowers, all the while not being so sure that it would end up working out. I planted the seeds in…

2020 Year in Review: What did my Garden Grow?

2020 has been a year alright. Just like everyone else, I had to change & adapt throughout this crazy year in many different facets of my life, gardening included. I had a few successes, a few failures, tried new gardening methods & new plants. This year’s gardening adventure was certainly a learning experience, more so…

End of Season Growing from Seed Update

Whew, it has been one eventful growing season over here! 2020 brought a lot of new gardening challenges, chief among them was my quest to grow from seed. As a general novice in this gardening field, I decided to dive right in this spring by starting a bunch of seeds indoors. Mainly because I was…

How to Dry Celosia Flowers for Holiday Arrangements

A few years ago I started to make my own fresh Christmas arrangements using items from my garden (check out my tutorials for Christmas wreaths, porch pots & garlands). It’s definitely a labor of love, but it is completely worth it once you see the finished project. Plus, you can’t beat that making your own…

Fall Gardening Chores: Planting Iris Bulbs & More Garlic

Hello, November! It’s the month when gardeners that live in places with cold winters scramble to get the last of their gardening chores complete & their gardens buttoned up for the season. I am no exception & have been rushing to finish my fall gardening chores. I ordered iris bulbs & seed garlic in early…

The Easiest Way to Plant Tulips Ever

Shopping for tulips is one of my favorite fall gardening activities. There are just so many different varieties of tulips out there & I pretty much want them all. Planting tulip bulbs isn’t as much fun as window shopping for them though, especially if you have a lot of bulbs to plant (check out my…

How to Harvest Marigold Seeds & Get Free Flowers

The days are starting to get cooler & shorter, which means that autumn is quickly approaching. My marigolds are growing stronger than ever right now, but by early November they’ll be kaput. ‘Tis the season to start harvesting seeds for next year. I’m planning on harvesting seeds from all of my annual flowers & veggies…

Container Gardening: Late Summer Flowers Update

Whew, this summer just flew right on by. It feels like it was just a couple of weeks ago when I was planting up a storm trying to get all my plants in their pots/in the ground. I can’t believe that three months have gone by since then & it’s already the end of August.…