Growing seed indoors

Last year, I had setup a new bed next to the chimney ( Setting up new beds), and seeded with Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) and milkweed. However, I didn’t realize Tithonia is very slow to germinate and grow. By end of summer I had only 2 feet high plants. There was no way, I was going to…

‘The saga of sweet peas’ update

A few days back, I posted about my saga with sweet pea seeds and an attempt to try a new method this time. The new method seems to have worked Among the 6 seeds planted, three have germinated in 10 days and are stretching over. I am really excited that I may have finally figured…

The saga of sweet peas

For someone with a cottage garden, I think sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a quintessential vine. The sweet fragrance of pastel shaded bloom on delicate vine is irresistible in early spring. But, I have never succeeded in growing one. The clay soil and wet, unpredictable warm spring has always been a problem. Previously, I had sown seeds in…

Gardening with the plant chomping fauna

When we moved to a new property with lawn covered backyard and no fence, it felt like a gardener’s paradise. The backyard was an empty canvas waiting to be filled. The first fall season, I installed all the plants I had carried with me from the previous house, discovering along the way that there is…

Garden Projects for Early Spring

Aah the warm sunny days, the cool nights, the long days,the chirping birds, the tender green colors- it’s Spring! This season is one of my favorite seasons. There is an under-current of energy and excitement that makes me want to conquer the world (ha…ha…). But I choose to channel my energy towards my yard, which…

Homegrown Mulch

There is nothing better than recycling your own garden waste as mulch. In my experience, it saves a lot of money and atleast a little amount of time. The first year we moved into our new house, I bought almost 10 bags of mulch to cover a small patch of garden. I still had 2…

Who’s peeking?

I see… something green! Spring blooming bulbs- tulips, hyacinth and snowdrops are just starting to poking through the frozen soil in mid February. It won’t be long before the early bloomers- snowdrops and crocus start blooming. Bulbs are essentially a fleshy underground storage structure enclosing the leaf and flower buds for the next growth season. While…

Wildflower bed- quick and easy

I am a big proponent of lazy gardening. With a little one to take care off and a full time job, I have very little free time to garden. I want to spend more time enjoying the blooms and wildlife , than digging and planting. So when it was time to have a small patch…

Gardening in February

February is a tough month for the gardener in me. Spring (zone 7b) seems so close, yet far away. Aside from constantly looking for signs of plant life in the frozen ground like a crazy lady, I use this month to prepare for the flurry of spring  plantings and seeding. I make seed tapes and…

Summer is round the corner

  Sunshine finally! phew what a relief. The consistently cloudy and wet month of May almost made me want to run away to the tropics. I am itching to see my first year garden show its glory. Seems like I will have to wait a little longer this year . The relatively low temperatures have extended spring and…

Super quick water feature

    Early spring, while I was not babysitting my seedlings, I made a fountain. I, of course visited Pinterest and saw innumerable posts on making a fountain. Here is my take with the least amount of effort and no tools! The idea was to have a self-circulating fountain. So I purchased a 13.5 inch wide cement…