10 Steps to Edging Your Beds BETTER than a PRO

Here you go: How to edge your bed better than a pro in 10 easy steps.  “Pretty arrogant,” you might say!  Q:  What makes you think you do it better than a pro?  A:  Because I hate edging and I don’t want to do it more than once a season.  Pros don’t mind coming back every […]

May 7, 2017 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Seasonal Birding in Illinois Gardens

Time for a few gardening posts (yes, birding is an extension of gardening). This has been on my mind for a while now.  Given that we’re 16 degrees below normal temperature-wise and the steady rain has made the soil unworkable, I don’t want to be in the yard.  Writing about it is almost as good.  […]

May 4, 2017 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Garden Tour for Charity 2016

What follows is the text of the self-guided garden tour from my March-to-November garden in last week’s charity garden walk. A number of people asked if I could post it for the plant names. Welcome to my garden! Ready to take a walking tour? Mailbox.  Part of every garden is the first impression. I hand-painted the […]

July 5, 2016 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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DIY Self-Watering Planters Tutorial

One of the blessings of a lifetime of gardening–even before I was Seminary Gal–has been developing little tricks for keeping my garden looking nice.  Enjoy these hacks for a million dollar garden at a budget price.  How many of us want self-watering planters, but don’t want the wallet-draining prices that come with them?  Today, you […]

June 21, 2016 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Beautiful Hanging Baskets Tutorial

I often get compliments on the beautiful hanging baskets on my front porch.  They are large but proportional to the elliptical archway under which they hang.  They are not round, but squarish, important so the pair doesn’t look like eyes staring at you.  Every year, I do something slightly different, but the result is always […]

June 16, 2016 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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The March to November Garden

Today, I’d like to begin unveiling what I’ve been working so hard on during the past few months, a charity garden walk: The March to November Garden.  That’s how I’ve billed mine.  It might not sound impressive to those of you who live in areas of the United States or the world where growing seasons […]

June 15, 2016 in In the Garden, Inspiration by

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A Walk in the Garden

While I’ve been absent from writing posts, there is something else I’ve been doing in this season of service.  Thankfully, my life hasn’t been concerned only with sewer systems and advocacy for my neighbors in my home town.  I’ve also been carefully preparing for a walk in the garden (my garden, actually) fulfilling a commitment I made […]

June 1, 2016 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Spring Clean-up 3–Why Prune?

One of the hardest tasks for home gardeners and Christians in the Church is this: Pruning. There’s something that seems awfully cruel about it.  Painful to witness and worse to perform because our sympathetic hearts want to preserve what little bits of life and hope remain, even if the reality is that we must prune.  Equally important are […]

May 11, 2015 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Spring Clean-up 2-Getting Rid of the Dead

A second important task of spring clean-up is removal of dead leaves and other debris.  Holding onto what is dead interferes with new life! So I carefully remove the dead leaves and other debris from around plants that died back over the winter (see before picture of yellow flag iris at right). Why? Well, there are […]

April 28, 2015 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration by

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Spring Clean-Up 1—Getting Rid of Weeds in Our Soul Garden

There’s always lots of clean-up of the yard to do in the spring. Digging the early weeds to keep them from spreading Removal of dead leaves and other debris Pruning things before they leaf out too much All of them have to do with death and new life. If you stop and think about it, […]

April 28, 2015 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals, In the Garden, Inspiration by

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