July 28, 2014

Before you toss your glass bottles into the recycling bin, check out how pretty and functional they are in the garden! I’ve been looking for the perfect garden markers for a while. I have a set of beautiful metal markers, but they are expensive if I want to buy enough for my large garden. Painted stones are a wonderful idea for garden markers, but my little girls love to play … More

July 22, 2014 | 2 responses

We’re still harvesting our bumper crop of cucumbers. Thank you, bees! If it’s been a good summer for cucumbers in your garden, you probably have way more than you can possibly eat at once. Here is a wonderful, classic homemade sweet pickle relish to help you preserve your harvest! One of my most favorite and satisfying parts of gardening is canning the harvest to enjoy throughout the following year. Whenever … More

July 21, 2014

Swanson Health Products is one of my go-to stores online where I find healthy, safe products for my family, at great prices. No matter where you are in your journey to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll definitely find something at SwansonVitamins.com that fits your taste and budget. When you’re shopping for safer products for your body and home, I’ll say that it is convenient and economical to have a few … More

July 14, 2014

Who has the oven cranked up when it’s 95 degrees outside? This girl. It’s blueberry season, and a big pile of fresh blueberries makes the best banana bread ever. After you try this recipe, you’ll want to make it all year long. We’ve been so grateful to be stocking up on fresh organic berries from the farmer’s market. Blueberries are easy to freeze; just place in a single layer on a … More

July 13, 2014 | one response

After you plant your seed potatoes, hill the plants and continuously care for them, of course you start wondering what’s going on beneath the surface of the soil! When can you start enjoying your much anticipated harvest? It’s tough to resist sticking your hands into the dirt to make sure there are actually potatoes growing. In my experience, there’s no reason to resist carefully checking on them. I’ve done that … More

July 9, 2014 | one response

Cucumbers are really easy to grow, and as long as you have pollinators (bees) around, there’s a very good chance that you’ll have a bumper crop. We planted a mixture of organic National Pickling and Homemade Pickles seeds in one of our 4′ x 8′ raised beds. Other than amending the soil with vermicompost, I’ve done nothing except regularly water the plants. I often see ladybugs and tree frogs on … More

July 2, 2014 | 2 responses

It’s tough to think of summertime memories that don’t include family, friends and picnics! With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many of us are thinking about recipes to make that incorporate our favorite flavors of summer. There are just so many wonderful ways to enjoy fresh foods this time of year. That’s why I was excited to partner up with a group of some of my favorite … More

June 30, 2014 | 2 responses

Congratulations on feeding your plants with vermicompost! It’s one of the most nutritious and sustainable fertilizers you can use in your garden. I’ve been so excited about how easy and fun vermicomposting is, and how much it has helped my garden grow, that I’ve been wanting to spread the word to everyone! If you’re interested in starting a vermicomposting system, please see my full post on How to Compost with Worms. … More

June 26, 2014 | 2 responses

This fizzy beverage has a unique blend of flavors that makes it a perfect summertime celebration treat, and it brightens up the table setting beautifully! It is a simple and creative recipe to make with juicy, flavorful watermelon that is now in season. Refreshing is the best way to describe the combination of ginger, watermelon, lime and basil in this fun drink! My best friend is an event planner, and … More

June 25, 2014 | 5 responses

Ripe, juicy tomatoes warmed from the sun are one of the best tastes of summertime if you love tomatoes, but they are just as fabulous when they’re green with just a slight blush of pink! This baked green tomatoes with fresh tomato relish recipe makes it tough for me to leave my tomatoes on the vine long enough to ripen. It’s also a great way to use the straggling tomatoes … More