May Vegetable Garden in My Florida Backyard

May is here and my backyard vegetable garden is off to an okay start. I’m still getting used to growing veggies in this climate, but I’m happy to have big, luscious green peppers to use already! My garden area is very small and the plants are divided between a raised bed, fabric bags, and an…

Memories of April in New Hampshire

Every now and then I look back at my life in New Hampshire through the many photos I took while living there. Since Spring is upon us (in Florida it’s hard to tell) I decided to share some April photography and memories. In April the forsythia begins to bloom and the bright yellow flowers are…

Raised Garden Bed – Getting Ready to Plant

At last our snow is gone. It could snow again, but it won’t last if it does. We can seriously begin thinking about our gardens now in New Hampshire. Last year I dragged these cement blocks up from the side of the house and created a raised bed. I ordered dirt from Agway and wheel-barrowed…

A Death in The Hydrangea Family

I’ve been waiting, with little hope, that my pee gee hydrangea (grandiflora) would begin to show some green. Of all the new hydrangea additions to my yard last Spring, it’s the only one that seems to have died. I managed to get a few photos of it’s pretty white flowers last summer, and I had…

The First Flowers of Spring: Helloborus “Emma” Picture

I have never grown a helleborus in my yard until this year. I bought two of this type of perennial last fall and put them out front.   I was looking for plants that like shade and these were in the shade lovers section at the nursery. It’s late April as I write this and both…

Hydrangea Clean Up: Trimming The Dead Ends

Now that the hydrangeas have sprung back from the weight of the snow, I realize I have some trimming and pruning to do. I leave the dead flowers on the stalks over winter, but now they need to be removed. Some branches are broken, but I know that they will fill in quickly with new…

Vertical Bottle Gardening For Those With Limited Space

If you love to grow fresh veggies but have little space or time to keep up with a garden, you might want to experiment with vertical bottle gardening.  The idea of this type of garden is to grow vegetables in recycled plastic bottles that hang or are propped over each other.  This takes minimal expense…