Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Economical Flowers

For an economic alternative to buying plants for the garden, consider raising annuals from seed. While many perennials take lots of time to mature, there are plenty of annuals that will come up quickly and give lots of color through the season.

It’s Not Easy Staying Green

With a move on the horizon, I've been doing a lot of work lately to “get back to basics,” getting rid of anything I don't want to lug around in a box, and man, is there plenty of that! When I first moved into this house, I resolved to bring only healthy, eco-friendly products into my home, but then, without even realizing it, convenience snuck up on me. Read on to find out more.

Keeping Perspective in a Busy Season

This morning, I'd like to be pondering the many ways that gardening increases our sense of beauty, harmony, and self-sufficiency, especially as we move into the quiet starkness of winter – except that my thoughts are completely blasted to bits by the three (yes, three) backpack leaf-blowers hard at work in the neighbor's yard.

Do You Need A New Garden Hose?

Over time, garden hoses can get worn and stretched. Here's what you can do if you think you need a garden hose repair.

Caught In the Family Snowdrift

This winter, I've been hard at work in the evenings making crocheted snowflakes, a family tradition made famous many years ago by my grandmother and her sister. I've always loved to do things with my hands, but this year I'm especially savoring the chilly evenings by the fire and twinkling Christmas tree, working busily on something beautiful. Read on to find out more.

Recipe for Crazy

Crazy, as it turns out, is pretty easy to make at my house! As many of you know, this spring I've been recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, and I've spent the last six weeks plastered to the window, screaming and squeaking my hands against the glass, as spring bounded into the yard without me.
Flowering quince

Starving for Color

At the beginning of March here in North Carolina, flowering quince is in full bloom, and it's a wonderfully refreshing burst of pinkish red in an otherwise gray, brown, and evergreen landscape. So far, it's the only glimpse of color for miles around, and my starving eyes and hands can't resist taking photos and snipping tiny branches on my daily walks.
Horse and girl.

Spending Quality Time at a Stable

Well, I just have to have one of those “Mom” moments to say how excited I am for Hannah, my soon to be 16-year-old daughter, and her newly discovered passion: Horses!! This is a great revelation for me. See, I grew up with horses, rode in college, and loved to take trail rides whenever I could.
Fresh vegetables at farmer's market.

Opening Day at the Farmer’s Market

This past weekend was the opening day of my hometown farmer's market! It’s one of the highlights of the growing season – local organic honey and jams, fresh flowers, herbs and potted plants, bluegrass pickers under a shady tree, and the produce-laden tables offer a feast for the senses with the best of small-town flavor.