Garden

Carrot Woes and Wins

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

First for the win: I have delicious carrots! I have dozens of beautiful carrots, all in a row. I used seed tape, store-bought this time, although you can make your own. I kept them watered, almost daily, which I think is the secret, along with loose, rich soil and a relatively cool, long spring growing […]

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I Didn’t Know I Could Grow: Pomegranates

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Somewhere along the line I was brainwashed into thinking there was a list of certain plants I could grow. Frustratingly, that list included things I can’t grow: European pears, sweet cherries, and most stone fruits; at least not without a lot of fuss and spraying and disappointment. However, over the years as I’ve whittled down […]

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Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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No-Dig Sunflower Fort Step-By-Step

by Daisy Garden

I’m disorganized at everything, and gardening is no exception. Most of the time when I remember to do something at the right time, it’s by accident. I’ve seen examples of sunflower forts for years, but never, apparently, at the right time to plant them. Somehow this year was the exception, and I finally planted one. […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Musings and More Afters

by Daisy Garden

Now the rains have called it quits for the time being and things have had a chance to dry out, I’m back in the garden evaluating and wrapping up the first phase of my ShapeUp. All but two of the items on my list have been ticked off.  Hopefully I can get to them today. […]

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ShapeUp-Along: Monsoon Edition

by Daisy Garden

I’ve called a temporary halt to my garden shape-up due to inclement weather. We’ve had over 10 inches of rain over the last few days and it’s raining right now. I’m eyeing one of the garden eyesores with new respect: I’m joking, sort of, but there have been some water rescues not far from here. […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After II

by Daisy Garden

I’m back with some more progress to report. Above pic is the asparagus bed; taken over by renegade blackberry vines, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, creeping charlie, peppermint, bermuda grass, overly enthusiastic bee balm, dead leaves, and general mayhem. It was so thick I put it off forever and barely knew where to start. In the end […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After

by Daisy Garden

It seems like all I’ve been doing lately is gardening. I’ve really enjoyed it, although on the inside-the-house front the kitchen surfaces are sticky enough to perform double duty as flypaper. (While I was typing that last sentence someone dropped an egg on the floor). I have some before and after photos to show for […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Observations

by Daisy Garden

One thing I’m learning as I do this ShapeUp is the importance of my master list. When I was writing that list, I deliberately focused on things that would make a big impact from an outsider’s viewpoint. There’s a big temptation, however, to get sidetracked away from the things on the list by other garden […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along Step 3: Carrot and Stick

by Daisy Garden

Getting our gardens in shape is its own reward, but it never hurts to have a little extra incentive; a dangling carrot and/or a motivating stick. Now we’ve got a master list and a plan to carry it out, the next step is to pick out both a carrot (a reward for all this hard […]

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Garden ShapeUp Along: Step 2

by Daisy Garden

We’re getting our gardens ready for spring, step by step. We declared our intention. Then we got out our paper and pencils and even cameras and made a master list and took Before pics of our most pressing garden problem spots. Taking photos is optional, but I’m digging it because as I work on a […]

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Garden ShapeUp-Along: Step 1

by Daisy Garden

In case you missed the first post on this Garden CleanUp-Along, here’s the link to review. To re-cap, I’m going to post periodic garden tasks (sometimes weekly, sometimes more often) to help get our gardens ready for spring. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the winter pretending the garden elves were going to take care […]

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Spring Garden ShapeUp-Along

by Daisy Garden

Does your garden look like something snaked out of the J-trap under your kitchen sink? Do you refer to it as “the wasteland”? Did a location scout for a post-apocalyptic movie just ask to film a scene in your backyard? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. No, […]

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February

by Daisy Crafts

I’m not a winter person, but I get more knitting done between the months of December and March than I do the rest of the year combined. The fireside and knitting go together very well, except when I knit so late I’m in peril of nodding off and falling into the flames. I also get […]

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Persimmons!

by Daisy Permaculture

Quite by accident I discovered a persimmon tree Tuesday afternoon. I was in a hurry and could only pick up a handful of the soft, ripe “sugar plums” to take home. It’s been years since I tasted a persimmon, and when I did I was transported back to my youth–my childhood yard was filled with […]

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Passion Butterfly

by Daisy Bugs

Up until this year, the usual lineup of flutterers has included the tiger swallowtail, the black swallowtail, and the occasional monarch butterfly. But this year, all of a sudden it seemed, I had a new butterfly in the garden I’d never noticed before. This new one, it was everywhere I went. I did wonder what […]

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Foraging

by Daisy Garden

I don’t usually assemble it on a plate like this, but I did it today to be able to see it all at once. Typically, this sort of forage food is eaten while walking around the yard, a fig here, a leaf of mizuna there. This “meal” is never the same; it changes with the […]

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Labyrinth

by Daisy Garden

A friend’s furchild was going through cancer treatment and it wasn’t looking hopeful. She wanted to walk a labyrinth. I’d heard of one so we agreed that I would meet her at her house and we would go together and find it. When I walked in the door I could see in her face, in […]

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Fall Gardening Follies

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I readily confess to mixed success with fall/winter gardening. In fact, most of my successes have been accidental. One winter we had greens such as lettuce, mache, and spinach practically year-round. Thing is, I’m not quite sure how I did it. A garden journal would help, surely, but I stink at journaling, garden or otherwise. […]

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