My name is Debra. I am a mom, school teacher, and resident of sunny Florida. For many years I was challenged with anxiety and insomnia issues. I am doing much better now and wish to help anybody out there who is having a hard time sleeping at night.
Do you know how to keep magnolia blossoms from turning brown? I didn’t…but I do now: spray them with a mixture of lemon juice and water. I learned this handy little tidbit earlier this week while attending P. Allen Smith’s Garden2Blog workshop in Little Rock.
The US Composting Council (USCC) defines its mission as advancing composting and promoting compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for our members and society. The organization coined the official International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) as the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. I’m excited about the USCC and the ICAW because have been composting with a tumbler since 2007 and completed the Master Composter training last spring. I’m so smitten with the concept that I even started vermiposting (worm composting) last fall.
In this election year, it seems that the discourse is more raw, rough, and angry than ever before. It seems that posturing is taking place among the candidates, of course, but also mainstream media is clearly favoring one candidate/party over another. How does this impact our relationships? Does it impact them?
The Year-Round Gardener and Proven Winners Plants Contest
My friend and collegue, Niki Jabbour, has written an outstanding book called The Year Round Vegetable Gardener. Storey (the publisher) contracted me to do PR for the book, so I have had several months to peruse its beautiful pages. It is probably one of the most useful gardening books I've read in a while. And when I say useful, I mean pick-it-up-anytime-I-have-a-question useful.
Gathering the tips is, well, like gathering anything that you have to gather one by one. It's a dance. You skirt around the tree gently plucking them from high and low. Being sure to not pluck to heavily from one spot.
love it when projects that start as a hobby or a side job turn into a new business. Francis Ooi, a creative director in Singapore and amateur photographer, needed to fill a wall in her home, so she started obsessing about taking botanical photographs. Her obsession turned into a botanical portrait blog and brand new shop. Her weekly runs turned into nature walks where she would document the foliage around her
We're still in April; if you don't think so just check the weather. Four inches of rain, followed by warm then almost cold temperatures, more rain and back to warm weather within a few days. Yep, sounds like April to me.
It's true what they say about time passing more quickly as you get older. My resolution for this year is to allow some room for serendipity, between my to do lists. But just in case you're wondering what garden task to start first, here's my Regional Gardening To Do List for May.
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