I always feel sad when I see a deteriorating or dying tree. But it’s especially sad when it’s in your own backyard. We have enjoyed this Oak tree since we moved here 12 years ago. Recently, we noticed an increasing number of dead limbs lying on the ground and several large, lower … [Read more...] about Cutting Down a Large Dying Oak Tree
In the Garden
Dehydrate Your Extra Green Peppers and Eggplants
Our raised bed garden was so productive we have more green peppers and eggplants than we can eat! Since there are so many delicious recipes for these vegetables, I’ve decided to dehydrate them and use them in the future. So, I’m preparing our excess green peppers and … [Read more...] about Dehydrate Your Extra Green Peppers and Eggplants
Set Up Raised Beds to Grow Your Own Vegetables
There’s nothing like the feeling of picking fresh veggies right off the plants in your own garden. We recently harvested peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, with zucchini coming soon. Earlier this spring, we bought cedar ready-to-assemble raised beds that were a breeze to put … [Read more...] about Set Up Raised Beds to Grow Your Own Vegetables
How To Prune Lavender, and When
SPRING 2022 UPDATE: I'm pruning the lavender I planted as 6 inch tall babies. I didn't prune last fall (2021) since they were still young and healthy. However, this spring, our year and a half old lavender plants will get a healthy pruning of approximately 2/3 of their growth, … [Read more...] about How To Prune Lavender, and When
The Easy Way To Make Compost!
During fall season last year, I raked, shredded and added lots of leaves to our brand new, homemade, compost bin. During spring, summer, and early fall of this year, we added fresh cut grass clippings after each mowing. Unfortunately, the compost pile did not get the timely … [Read more...] about The Easy Way To Make Compost!
A Customized Drain Fixed Our Soggy Yard!
Are you tired of a soggy yard problem that will not go away? Well, we felt that way about our mushy yard after a good rain. The obvious landscaping recommendation to our inquiry was to "add fill dirt." And, it did help a bit to direct some water to either side of the house. … [Read more...] about A Customized Drain Fixed Our Soggy Yard!
How To Keep Birds Safe While They Visit Your Yard
Like many others, I enjoy watching a variety of birds regularly visit our yard to eat from the birdfeeder and enjoy the water in the birdbath. However, having that pleasure comes with a significant amount of responsibility. So, before I hung my birdfeeder or setup the birdbath I … [Read more...] about How To Keep Birds Safe While They Visit Your Yard
What’s Eating Our Concrete Birdbath?
As each year passes, we enjoy our woodland garden even more. We love the native plants as well as the shade-loving favorites we’ve added. However recently, we've been fascinated with some unusual behavior of the woodland wildlife. This past summer we added a more attractive … [Read more...] about What’s Eating Our Concrete Birdbath?
Winter Chores In A Southern Garden
Saying that it’s winter in Georgia is a bit of a contradiction to me. I grew up in Ohio and finished college there before venturing out to other areas of our amazing country. I’ve lived in Boston, Northern Virginia, and then a few more years back in Ohio before making our home in … [Read more...] about Winter Chores In A Southern Garden
Be Aware Of Butterfly Bushes!
Please note that I’m not saying, “beware” of butterfly bushes, I'm just saying there's a need to keep a watchful eye on them. The can be pretty sneaky and, before you know it, flowers, shrubs and your favorite lawn chair has disappeared beneath an immense, sprawling bush that … [Read more...] about Be Aware Of Butterfly Bushes!
Too Many Fall Leaves? Build A Compost Bin!
Fall is here, the colors are beautiful, the temperature is perfect, and all is well…until the leaves start to fall. We are tree lovers most of the time, but there sure are a lot of leaves to deal with right now! Solutions include gathering the fall leaves and putting them into … [Read more...] about Too Many Fall Leaves? Build A Compost Bin!
Making A Rusty Iron Planter Beautiful Again
This next project was pretty much a no brainer. Once the Heirloom Garden Bench and the Flagstone Garden Retreat were completed, it was clear that there was a need for a bit of color and more natural beauty in the space. Fortunately, I remembered we had an old … [Read more...] about Making A Rusty Iron Planter Beautiful Again