Category: Things that inspire me in the garden

New Tools ~ Spring Gardening at Our Fairfield Home and Garden

New Tools

Recently, I was contacted by a new family run business named Emerging Green, offering me some of their garden tools to try out in the garden. Of course I said, “Yes” and was eager to give them a spring road test. Upon arrival, I unboxed a large Hori Knife in its own sheath and a

Garden Musings at Our Fairfield Home & Garden

As I stroll through the garden, I love to note the small evolutions that have taken place from year to year. Letting the lawn grow naturally into predominately clover and violets has been an effort but worthwhile. It took a few years of digging up nut sedge and plantain by hand, but now the clover

Share the Bounty ~ giving back by gardening

Share the Bounty

Growing your own food and indoor plants is a joy for many gardeners. Extend that joy by sharing the bounty with others! Your excess plants can launch a new gardener, supply fresh food for a family or start a lifelong hobby.     It’s not just about food growing, don’t forget the houseplants! Here’s one

DIY ~ Natural Nesting Material Station for Birds

Natural Nesting Materials for Birds

It’s spring time and your garden birds are getting busy setting up housekeeping. Help them out by providing easy to find nesting materials! First of all, don’t be too tidy when cleaning up the garden. Leave some areas with small twigs, leaves, sticks, grass and plant clippings and short pieces of straw. Make sure any

Field Trip ~ Country Lane Succulents, New Holland, PA

Country Lane Succulents

If you are headed to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for a day trip or vacation, get off the main road and find this rural gem. Only a few miles from the tourist attractions, Country Lane Succulents will be a stop you will remember! Located at 152 Snyder Drive, New Holland, PA 17557, Country Lane Succulents is

Bed Springs Trellis

Bed Springs Trellis

  Trash pick’in happens unexpectedly! Sometimes I find the best stuff just cruising along minding my own business. Like this wonderful crib-size bed springs piece that was sitting out there leaning against a trashcan on my shortcut to the hardware store. Couldn’t just leave it there, now could I? So I hauled it home and

Cheesecloth Uses in the Garden ~ practical and recyclable

Cheesecloth in the Garden

Looking for a gardening material that is versatile, low cost, durable, reusable and can be composted? Try cheesecloth! With a multitude of uses, cheesecloth is handy to have around as you tend your garden. The #1 source of cheesecloth of all grades, bleached, unbleached and colored, is Cheesecloth.com . They provided me with a wonderful sample

Book Review ~ Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix

Veggie Garden Remix

Getting tired of growing the same old ho-hum vegetables every year? Niki Jabbour’s new book, Veggie Garden Remix , is the answer for spicing up your garden life! Even if you aren’t an avid grower, the photos and descriptions of these 224 lovely greens, tubers, beans and herbs from all over the globe should prove fascinating.

Chalk Paint Magic ~ There’s Money in the Basement!

Chalk Paint Magic

True confession time!! I frequent local garage and estate sales and buy “projects” that I never seem to get around to. Do you, too? At the time that I buy them, these odds and ends seem like diamonds in the rough. Later, I realize that there isn’t any perfect spot in the house or I

Decorate for Fall Naturally!

Decorate for Fall Naturally

How do you decorate for Fall without spending a lot of money? Go natural! Find a good farm stand or farmer’s market nearby and purchase just a few select items to mix with your own garden abundance. For these window boxes, I only used one large ornamental Kale, one medium-sized pumpkin, four interesting colorful gourds

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