Category Archive: Garden Hacks

Gardening with Confidence: Kids in The Garden

Posted by on May 15, 2015

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CHAPTER 40 KIDS IN THE GARDEN My garden at home was designed specifically with kids in mind. We moved in when my oldest was one—and now my youngest is eleven. So you can imagine that I would have been remiss if I hadn’t created the opportunity to make my garden a welcoming place for the […]

Gardening With Confidence: Mailbox Gardens

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Mailbox garden

CHAPTER 35 MAILBOX GARDENS First impressions may be wrong, but they are always right for that moment. Most of us living in suburban neighborhoods pass our mailboxes several times a day. We put in our outgoing mail and take out our incoming mail. Each car that passes sees it; kids hit it with their balls; […]

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Level Changes

Posted by on April 28, 2015

Helen's Haven

  CHAPTER 33 LEVEL CHANGES Slopes and hills, bumps and dips—a garden often comes in many shapes. Whether your garden is naturally contoured or you decide you want to introduce some profile to your land, level changes are best viewed as opportunities to create instead of challenges to overcome. How you choose to handle elevation […]

#Gardengiveaway: Proplugger

Posted by on April 26, 2015


THIS #GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!     Have you heard of the Proplugger  5-IN-1 planting tool? I got one last year and it made planting 100+ daffodil bulbs from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs a cinch! This spring I’m using it to plant 4-inch pots of annuals and perennials. It is easy and convenient to use. Proplugger […]

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Layers

Posted by on April 21, 2015

Denny Werner's Garden layers

CHAPTER 45 LAYERING THE LANDSCAPE Low to the ground or raised high, layers in your landscape give you the opportunity to add more plantings to your garden by taking advantage of each plane level. The idea of layering dates back to early 20th century gardens, which were tiered, like a church choir, for better viewing. […]

To color or not to color?

Posted by on April 17, 2015

When it comes to color, I’m not usually hesitant to add. But this one has me stymied. My wonderful next-door neighbors have a Ligustrum hedge they inherited from the previous owners. It’s nice privacy, and that is about all the good I can say about it. Two years ago, I took a hard look at my side […]

50 Ways to Garden With Confidence: Color!

Posted by on April 15, 2015

Butterfly House at Naples Botanical Garden

CHAPTER 18 ADDING COLOR TO YOUR GARDEN Color is what excites people most in a garden design—color in the flowers, the accents, and even in the furniture during the cold of winter. When visiting a garden with colors that blend, note what makes them work together. A refresher in color theory will make this easier […]


Posted by on April 5, 2015


THIS #GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED This week’s giveaway is from DeWit Tools. They are giving away their gift-set of 3 products: The forged lady’s Trowel The forged lady’s Fork The 3 tine Cultivator To enter a chance to win, this one is a little different and super easy. You need to either LIKE DeWit Tools Facebook page and post […]


Posted by on March 22, 2015


THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED – The winner was Modern Mia. I’ve filed this post under Garden Hacks, because adding Crown Bee, the gentle bee company,  products to your garden is the best tip and trick you can do for today and tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow…. This isn’t just an awesome #GARDENGIVEAWAY. This is also helping to […]