Garden Glossary

Posted by on March 21, 2013

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Acidic soil: Acidic soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Soil with a pH level below 7 is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic it is. Acidic soil is also referred to as sour soil.     Alkaline soil: The pH scale is logarithmic, from 0 […]


#GIVEAWAY — Fiskars PowerGear2 pruners — Celebrating 365 YEARS

Posted by on January 26, 2015

Fiskars new PowerGear2 advanced pruners

  Helping Fiskars celebrate their 365th Anniversary!! Imagine that! Founded in 1649 in a small Finnish village, Fiskars has grown over the past 365 years, and now is a leading global supplier in the home, garden, and outdoor product categories. They are famous for the iconic Orange-Handled Scissors. I have a pair of the original orange-handled […]


Plants With Benefits: Pomegranate Martini

Posted by on January 26, 2015

Pomegranate Martini in Snow 2

Pomegranate is a pretty flower that turns into a beautiful fruit. The fruit is red, festive, and good for you! Excerpt from  Plants with Benefits: Pomegranate is one of the super fruits, contributing to a healthy body and all that that implies. Click to Tweet! I asked my friend, Shawna Coronado, to share one of her many recipes using […]


BOOK REVIEW: Plant Whatever Brings You Joy

Posted by on January 17, 2015

Plant Whatever Brings You Job

Like-minded thinkers tend to gravitate everywhere in life; we have a gift for finding each other in coffee shops, similar markets and meetings, the same concerts or museum exhibits,  and garden and book clubs. During the past eight years, my life experiences have expanded an infinite fold through the internet. One of those wonderful people […]


Plants With Benefits: Avocado Dressing

Posted by on January 16, 2015

Avocado salad dressing

Avocado adds flavor to any dish, but I’ve felt that I’ve been stuck in a rut with how I ate them. Since the release of my newest book,  Plants with Benefits, a must-have plant with benefits, I’ve been exploring ways to add avocado to my everyday, easy diet. Carolyn Binder, who blogs at Cowlick Cottage Farm, […]


Add a Bottle Tree

Posted by on January 13, 2015

bottle tree

Ever notice how some gardeners just seem to garden with ease, with not a care in the world? Their garden grows well – better than yours, in fact, despite all your efforts.  One question: Do you have a bottle tree? Bottle trees are the ultimate accent to gardening with confidence.  Think about it, a bottle […]


Naples Botanical Garden — Gardens with Latitude!

Posted by on January 9, 2015

Naples Orchid

    Gardens with Latitude–the 26th parallel south latitude to be exact. The 26th parallel south latitude is a circle of latitude that is 26 degrees south of the Earth’s equatorial plane. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Australasia, the Pacific Ocean and South America. I would be remiss in saying that […]


Plants With Benefits: Rosemary Vinegar

Posted by on January 8, 2015

Rosemary vinegar materials Gardening With Confidence®

Rosemary is a plant with benefits of another kind. Rosemary is known as the herb for remembrance. The phrase, rosemary for remembrance most often references the character Ophelia’s words in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. Shakespeare’s famous scene from Hamlet features an increasingly unbalanced Ophelia, who talks, sings, and babbles about her father’s death, to her brother, Laertes. […]


Conifer Collection at Helen’s Haven

Posted by on January 5, 2015

Gold Coin

Some might think having 53 different conifers wouldn’t be considered a fledgling collection, particularly when I have multiples of some. Yet, it is.  As part of my annual I’m gonnas, I stated that I will continue to grow Helen’s Haven‘s conifer collection. Why now? I’ve been living this garden for 17 years. It sure seems like I […]