Growing Kids Beat Out a Growing Garden

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Family, Gardening, Parenting | 1 comment

I walked out to my garden after being away for 5 days for our summer trip to Ohio, and couldn’t help but get a little discouraged. It seems like no matter how hard I try to keep up with the weeding, by the time the end of July rolls around, my garden plot is mostly just a big square of grass. I blame the high heat and humidity. After all, who wants to be out hoeing and pulling weeds when you’re dripping with sweat within minutes? Plus, I...

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Embracing the Imperfections

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Gardening | 0 comments

This is the view I see as I come up my driveway. Beautiful big hibiscus, a flowing hanging basket, double-blooming coneflowers and lots of lush green plants. The view changes slightly when you get closer. I don’t spray my garden with chemicals, which means little worms that eat my coneflowers and Japanese beetles that feast on my hibiscus and canna lilies live in harmony with the many bees and butterflies that also enjoy the blooms. Sure, the...

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Field Trips Aren’t Just for Kids

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Friends, Gardening, travel | 2 comments

My kids are in the first and fourth grade. Which goes without saying, I’ve been on my share of field trips over the past few years. We’ve gone to farms, Grandfather Mountain, the North Carolina Zoo, Catawba Science Center, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Museum, just to name a few. For all of them, I was glad I had been sometime before in my life, because when you go with a bunch of kids, all but one that aren’t yours, you spend most of your...

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Celebrate Green!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Gardening | 1 comment

Kermit had it right when he sang, “It’s not easy being green.” He says because he’s green he blends in, people pass him over, and he feels ordinary. And isn’t that pretty much how we think about green in the garden? We take it for granted. We walk over grass without thinking twice. We marvel at the colors of leaves in the fall, but no one begs tourists to come drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the spring for leaf viewing. In all my years working...

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Spring Pruning, Spring Cleaning: Getting Ready to Say Goodbye to Winter!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Family, Gardening | 0 comments

My plans for this weekend — pruning. I know, it doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s something that desperately needs to be done. Last year, I completely forgot to prune my crape myrtles in February, so I just didn’t prune them at all. And that was okay, I’m not a big fan of overly pruned crape myrtles anyway. But as the Clemson Extension Service says, it’s okay to do light pruning in late winter or early spring, as it shapes up the...

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A Thanksgiving Creation

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Gardening | 1 comment

Yes, I know it is December already. And from what I’ve seen on Facebook, many people already decorated for Christmas. The tree is up, the lights are out and some of you might even have your shopping done. Well, I am a little behind. There isn’t anything Christmas-y out in our house yet, and I’m starting to panic a little that I’m so far behind in my shopping! But before I dive into the Christmas stuff (we are planning to...

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