Grow a Miniature Forest in a Wood Bowl

My seven-month old son loves windows to his exciting new world. If I put him on the floor, I can pretty much count on him scrambling to the sliding glass door with squeals of delight exclaiming "Hey! Hey! Hey!" as he stands up and plants his palms on the glass and gazes upon a realm of possibility and excitement. Stay with me now... I'm going somewhere with this.

An Early Winter for My Florida Garden

It might not be the seven feet of snow that got dumped on Buffalo, but last week's cold snap definitely caught us off guard here in Northeast Florida. It was too early for one thing, and it also got colder than we had anticipated. One night was only supposed to reach 30 degrees, yet I woke up to find that it stayed at around 23 degrees all night. Just like that, we were plunged into an early winter. Here's how that played out.

Troy-Bilt JET: Win the World's Most Powerful Leaf Blower

I've given the most powerful leaf blower on the market a test drive and Troy-Bilt and I are giving one away. You might be wondering if you even really need a blower that displaces 650 cfm and releases it with catastrophic hurricane force 130 mph winds, but after using the Troy-Bilt TB2MB JET in my own garden I can assure you that yes, you do. Here's why all of that power is a good thing.

New Priorities for a New Dad's Garden

After a year in my new home and the arrival of my baby boy, my priorities as a gardener have changed. Getting my son and ourselves into the habit of eating fresh vegetables every day is of tantamount importance to me now, and I'm also desperate to bring order and predictability to a life filled with this beautiful chaos called parenthood. I want to simplify and focus on what matters most.

Regaining the Joy of Blogging

The days have finally started to give a glimpse of fall in my Florida garden, and that means that I can spend more time outside - with my little baby boy by my side and a camera and trowel in my hands. The home and garden have come a long way since we moved in one year ago, but there's still so much to do and share. This blog is about to get busy.

Dress Up an Ugly Corner with a Rain Chain

Yesterday I used a rain chain and a few plants to turn a trashy looking corner of my yard into a little pocket of paradise, and I was able to knock it out in about 30 minutes while my baby was taking a nap. I had been meaning to do something with the awkward strip of dirt and weeds between the patio, house and sidewalk, but couldn't decide on what to do. That is, until I was asked to test and review a copper rain chain from Rain Chains Direct.

Turning a Garden's Problems into Personality

When we bought our house last year, I knew that the yard had issues; terrible erosion, poor drainage, dry shade and a doomed tree, to name a few. Yet for all of these problems, their solutions can make the garden into something more special; erosion can become an exciting dry creek bed and bad drainage can become a brimming rain garden. When you look at it like that, a perfect yard looks pretty boring after all.

How to Design your own Garden: 12 Easy Tips

Whether you're starting from scratch or trying to bring some order to an existing garden, any landscape can benefit from a little bit of planning. More importantly, organizing your daydreams onto paper is fun! In my last post I sung the praises of real gardens; loved patches of dirt with weeds, unfinished areas and a wealth of potential. Now I'll show how to visualize those possibilities. Put some garden boots on those cold feet and turn your yard into a beautiful garden with these 12 creative tricks and ideas.

The Joys of an Imperfect Garden

My fences are falling apart, the previous owner's doghouse is still being dismantled to make room for veggies, my cucumbers are plagued by caterpillars and I have weeds up the wazoo. I've even resorted to using Round-Up on the cracks in my driveway the other day... not that it even worked. For all of these headaches, I'm overjoyed. I fail to see the appeal in a 'finished' garden and applaud those who choose to garden without seeking the approval of others.

Troy-Bilt TB6044 XP Review and Giveaway

My idea of a perfect lawn is one that is kept neat and trim, and steadily becoming replaced by new garden beds. Lawn work should be fast, easy and even fun, and should never take time away from the garden or time with my family. Now that I have the TB6044 XP I was finally able to tackle what I thought was an impenetrable jungle of overgrown weeds and can now look forward to giving my lawn and garden beds a manicured look. Want to win one for yourself? Read on!