Category Archive: Gardening With Confidence

North Carolina Soil Test

Posted by on February 10, 2016

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During the winter is a good time to gather samples of soil for testing. Soil sampling results are an easy way to decode your soil’s components, or more importantly, what your soil is lacking. It’s not something that is needed annually, every two to three years is fine. And, in North Carolina, it’s free. A […]

February Garden Maintenance For the Southeast

Posted by on February 3, 2016

Helen Yoest fire garden

Before the gardening season kicks into full gear, evaluate your landscape with regard to sustainability. Are you doing all that you can to reduce water, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer use? Are you  composting? Are you harvesting rainwater ? Are you planting the right plant in the right place? Do you mulch? Let this be the year you consider […]

February Inspiration

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Helen's Haven Plants With Benefits Gardening With Confidence® Helen Yoest

Lengthened daylight hours and shortened shadows are noticeable as February approaches. A winter-weary mood is elevated as light lifts the spirit. Holding onto the winter can bring great joy when we’re reminded, every season has its reason. February, cold and cruel to some, is hope to others. After all, February touches March, the month of […]

A New Perspective…

Posted by on January 28, 2016

Helen Styling

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with my friend, photographer Juli Leonard. Juli is documentary editorial photographer. Most of the photographers I work with in my business are style photographers, or at least that is the reason my editors hire them. Working with Juli has given me a new perspective. I have […]

Gardening with Confidence Blog

Posted by on January 13, 2016


The main goal of the Gardening with Confidence blog is to educate. To be able to share with others what I’ve been doing in my Raleigh garden since 1997. It has been exciting to me, and I look forward to sharing it with you. The blog is laid out with four columns: #ForagingInCuteShoes. This column […]

Gardening with Confidence: Cottage and Country Gardens

Posted by on January 8, 2016

Country Gardens

COTTAGE AND COUNTRY GARDENS Roses on arbors, vines on trellises, and pink peonies and blue larkspur against white picket fences—the images that come to mind of bygone days and summer breezes, quaint gardens with old-fashioned plants and a comfortable ambiance. These are the things that, for most of us, typify a cottage or country garden. […]

January Inspiration

Posted by on January 5, 2016

Gardening with Confidence® Winter Mixed Border

  The sun is low on most January days, but my hopes are high. When I walk the garden during the winter, I hope to find solace in nature. As I look around, the trees, void of leaves, show me structure and strength. They make me feel stronger with every step I take. Color from the […]