How to Grow Your Own Apple Orchard with Limited Space

Urban Apples Blushing Delight Apples

Quite frankly, it takes a lot to get me excited about anything. However, when it comes to gardening and outdoor projects, I'm easily amused and delighted. Anything that gets me outside of the house is a win as far as my husband is concerned which is probably why I didn't get much grief from him when I decided begged to turn part of his precious front yard into my own little apple orchard. With less than $500 and a little hard work, we managed to … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Lots of Gardening Going On


After my dental surgery last Tuesday, I really hadn't planned on doing much of anything this past weekend. The idea was to kick back, relax and try to heal. Even though I spent most of the weekend in a tremendous amount of pain, it just isn't in my nature to sit around and do nothing. Instead, we went out searching for new apple trees. Last fall I planted two trees but our dog thought they'd make great chew toys and chewed them both down to … [Read more...]

Grow Beauty & Peace #GroSomethingGreater


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. I can’t say that I live a more stressful life than anyone else but mine does come with its fair share of stress and struggles. How I choose to face those and move past them is what makes life so very much worth living. Each year, we endure months of bitter cold and downright depressing weather. Eventually, the sun warms our little space on this … [Read more...]

See How They Grow! Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods


This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. You may remember my blog post from last week introducing the Miracle-Gro Gro-ables seed pods and now you can see how they grow! I got a sampling of seed pods including the Sweet Basil and Sweet Peppers. Each pod contains seeds already carefully placed to the perfect depth in the growing pod. When used as directed, they’re guaranteed to grow making them … [Read more...]

Take the Guesswork Out of Gardening with New Miracle-Gro Gro-ables


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. Even though I grew up with a home gardening father, a green thumb didn't come naturally to me the way it did for him. My first home garden was very much a disaster and my second wasn't much better. It actually got the point where I was having more failure than success that I bought vegetable plants that were already grown. Going that route (vs. … [Read more...]

Grow Adventure and #GrowSomethingGreater


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s only mid March and we’ve still got snow on the ground but I can’t help but think of all the things Spring will soon bring. As much as I yearn for the extra sunlight and warmth, there’s something I’m craving even more. That would be my garden growing adventures! As far back as I can remember, I helped my dad tend … [Read more...]

Setting Up an Indoor Herb Garden with the Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra

Indoor Herb Garden with Miracle Gro AeroGarden Ultra

The AeroGarden Ultra was sent to me as a gift. Having spent most of my life living in Illinois, I'm pretty accustomed to the changing weather. There's only a few months of the year that I can get outside and grow my own fresh herbs and vegetables. The rest of the year, I depend on what the grocery store has to offer (not much) and dried herbs. That's a really bummer because more than anything, I LOVE using fresh flat-leaf parsley. It's the … [Read more...]

Peek Inside My Garden

raised bed garden tomatoes

  Back in April I wasn't sure I wanted to grow the garden this year. But I'm sure glad I did. The weather in Illinois has been exceptional this summer and my garden is growing like I've never seen before. For the first time in years I've actually got more tomatoes than I know what to do with. Well, not really because now that I'm learning how to can garden veggies I think I'll can some tomatoes for winter. I have six main tomato plants … [Read more...]

Tomatoes, Peppers and Cucumbers Oh My!

Growing Green Bell Peppers

The decision on whether or not to plant my raised bed garden this year was a difficult one. It was a garden that was built by my dad and was our thing. He would put as much love and work into growing the tomatoes as I did but now that he's gone, it's a constant reminder of what I don't have anymore. I can't even walk into the backyard without holding back tears. But at the same time, it's one of the few things I have left from him. The thought of … [Read more...]

Our Biggest Landscaping Project to Date … DONE

Landscaping After Photo Flower Garden

This landscaping project has been a work in progress for many years. Most of it was just ideas and to-do lists but this year we got down to business and made the dream a reality. It all started with a phone call to Border Creations, a company that specializes in concrete landscape border for flower beds. We had them come out for an estimate and two weeks later they were here and ready to work. In the past we've tried the plastic borders, brick … [Read more...]