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Helen’s Haven Wildlife Pond

Posted by on February 10, 2016

Helen's Haven wildlife pond

My garden, a wildlife habitat I call Helen’s Haven, is located in a suburban area of a traditional neighborhood. Helen’s Haven has water sources throughout the garden because water is an important factor in attracting and sustaining wildlife. Several years ago when I put in the fountain with a large reservoir, frogs arrived almost instantly. I wanted more; I wanted frogs and other amphibians in the back garden as well.


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 […]


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 […]


December Garden Inspiration

Posted by on December 4, 2015

Gardening with Confidence night lighting

First appeared in Fine Gardening. When I decided on a winter walk, it was at the point in the evening when dinner was done and sleep was still a ways away.  I topdressed with a goofy hat, gloves, and scarf for a journey down the garden path. The evening was amazingly quiet. Of course, I […]