Fall Gardening Tips and a Garden Update

Well, summer is slowly fading away and here in Georgia I am starting to catch some small glimpses of fall. A few more leaves are starting to drop from the trees, mornings are a tad cooler and the cicadas are dying. I can always tell fall is coming when I start seeing dead cicadas in the driveway! Last weekend I started getting the garden beds cleaned out and made a trip to the nursery to see what sort of fall plants are available. Depending on what area of the country (or the world, for that matter!) that you live in you may be able to get a … [Read more...]

Handy Tips for Freezing Produce #SCJGreenerChoices

These tips for freezing produce have been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh produce available. If you are not a fan of gardening yourself, farmers markets make it easy to find locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stocking up on fresh produce during the summer and freezing it can save you quite a bit of money as the prices of produce go up during the winter season. If you enjoy gardening, freezing your harvest can be helpful if you don’t have a … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Zucchini

The other day, I went out to the garden and discovered two gigantic zucchini hiding under the leaves. Of course, I already have several zucchini in the refrigerator just waiting for me to make something delicious with it. During the summer it seems like everywhere I look I see tons of zucchini and it is incredibly cheap to buy. It makes sense to learn how to freeze zucchini so that when winter rolls around you can still be eating locally raised zucchini instead of vegetables imported from overseas. Once you learn how to freeze zucchini you will … [Read more...]

Preserving Blueberries: My First Attempt at Canning! #sponsored

This post about preserving blueberries is sponsored by Fagor America. I received their pressure canning kit at no charge to facilitate this post but all opinions are my own. Eating local, in season produce is easy when you live only a few hours from Florida and it is the peak of summer. I go to farmers markets and even out to my own back yard and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available. When winter gets here, however, all the produce is coming from Chili or South Africa and I refuse to buy things that are not grown … [Read more...]

Today’s Garden Update and Gardening Tips

Every year I plant an amazing array of plants in my garden with high hopes of providing my family with a plethora of fresh produce. Then, come July, I have become stressed out and depressed over my LACK of garden produce and the incredible amount of work that is required to grow it! Mother Nature has not been kind to Georgia this year and we are now 14 inches over average rainfall for the year. And with the thunder rolling in right now, I am thinking that number will be going up another inch before morning. I decided to share a few gardening … [Read more...]

Organic Gardening: What Do You Need To Know? #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening discussion is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions express here are my own. If you have been following my blog for the last couple of months, you will have seen several articles about my ongoing organic gardening experience with The Home Depot. I have been organic gardening for the last several years, with some plants and growing conditions being more successful than others. I am always on the hunt for new organic and heirloom plants and this year I ordered the Bonnie organic plants … [Read more...]

An Update On My Organic Garden #DigIn #ad

This post on maintaining an organic garden is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions expressed are my own. Here in Georgia, our summer planting season starts around mid to late April so we have a fairly long growing season. In fact, we have multiple growing seasons here in the Atlanta area. Cool weather plants can be planted in February, summer plants go in around late April and then we can also plant in late August for a fall crop. Needless to say, I find myself quite busy maintaining an organic garden for 6 to 8 months every year. I have … [Read more...]

6 Must Have Gardening Supplies for Comfortable Gardening #SummerSolved #spon

I spend a lot of time in my yard during the spring and summer tending to my garden. Between building the garden beds, tilling soil, putting in plants, nurturing them, and (hopefully!) harvesting my crop I wish I got paid by the hour! It is a time consuming but enjoyable way for me to get exercise and provide food for my family. However, it isn't always easy or fun. It can be hot, sweaty, buggy, and downright irritating at times but I keep doing it anyhow. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment! I have found, over the years, that there are many … [Read more...]

Tips for Organic Gardening Success #DigIn #Ad

This organic gardening article is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you are trying to go green and get healthy, one of the most enjoyable ways I have found to do this is to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. You do not have to be a master gardener or have a super green thumb to be successful at growing your own food. You just need a few tips for organic gardening success and some basic supplies. I spend a lot of time out in my yard during the spring and summer … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own Organic Food #DigIn #Ad

This organic food article is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Organic food is not cheap. Unfortunately, many people are discouraged when they go to the grocery store and see the price tag on organic food and end  up buying something else. Gardening organically is an enjoyable way for me to provide my family with organic food without going broke. Is organic gardening easy? Nope, not in the least! I spend a lot of my summer sweaty, dirty, and picking bugs off of my plants by hand. I guess I must be slightly nuts but … [Read more...]

Gardening for Geeks is the Perfect Gardening Book for Science Lovers

There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. If you are looking for a gardening book for science lovers, this is the perfect one. Want to plant a garden this year? Check out my gardening posts for some great gardening tips to boost your success. Gardening For Geeks Title: Gardening for Geeks Subtitle: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to … [Read more...]

Tips To Keep Your Garden Healthy #SCJgreenerchoices #sp

This article about how to Keep Your Garden Healthy is sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Keep Your Garden Healthy With spring finally here,I decided to get a head start on my garden this year. Gardening is a great hobby and form of exercise, but also benefits the environment. The greatest challenge I have when it comes to gardening is trying to keep my plants healthy. Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few things to consider when you are planning this year’s backyard … [Read more...]

Getting Excited for Outdoor Projects with Home Depot! #DigIn #sp

This outdoor projects post is sponsored by Home Depot but all opinions are my own. Spring is officially here and while it still may be a bit chilly outside, I have begun mentally planning my outdoor projects for the season. My family spends a lot of time outside between playing, gardening, and just hanging out by the fire pit. I love having our backyard space as a place that is both functional and attractive. Over the past few years, the exterior of the house and the yard have gotten a bit neglected. A lot of our time, effort and money has … [Read more...]

Beekeeping Book: Homegrown Honey Bees #sp

Disclaimer:  This beekeeping book was provided to me at no cost by Storey publishing in exchange for my honest review. My husband and I have been wanting to get our own bees for years now but don't feel that we live in a good location. Between the kids and the dog and the close by neighbors, we have finally admitted to ourselves that it will have to wait til we move out of the burbs. However, we keep doing research on beekeeping so that as soon as we are ready, we know what to do and where to buy our beekeeping supplies. I recently … [Read more...]

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible

The Vegetable Gardeners Bible contains everything a gardener needs to know! Join Ed Smith and hundreds of thousands of happy gardeners who are using the W-O-R-D system to grow their own delicious, abundant, organic vegetables. Title: The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Author: Edward C. Smith ISBN:978-1-60342-475-2 Genre: Gardening Publisher: Storey Publishing Pages:336 (paperback) Buy This Gardening Book on Amazon About The Vegetable Gardeners Bible Already loved for its friendly advice, vegetable specific information, and unwavering … [Read more...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs: Book Review and Giveaway #spon

This edible herbs book review was made possible by a review copy but all opinions are my own. Edible Herbs Title: The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs (Amazon link) Subtitle: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy ISBN:978-1-60342-528-5 Author: Charles W.G. Smith Publisher: Storey Publishing Pages: 142 (paperback) It seems like more and more people are becoming interested in gardening. Whether it is because they are trying to save money at the grocery store or just prefer the taste of a home grown tomato, this book will help … [Read more...]