What Can You Learn from a German Community Garden?

What Can You Learn from a German Community Garden?

What I learn every time I visit a community garden is that there are so many ways to do everything and this Berlin garden is an amazing example of ingenuity and inspiration. As the rain starts falling the group gets up for the site tour.  HH gives me the signal he is tired of waiting patiently so I edge my way out of the garden. I hate to leave. These are my people.

How to grow a Holiday Cactus so it lives 100 Years: Stop Trying

How to grow a Holiday Cactus so it lives 100 Years: Stop Trying

This year as my holiday cactus comes into bloom I take a closer look at the plant Mom called a Christmas cactus.  And I suddenly realize it is not a Christmas cactus at all. It is the more common Thanksgiving cactus. It has pointy parts on the green stems because like other cactus there are no true leaves, only flattened green stems. But both plants are the easiest gift plant ever so take a cutting of your plant now and share it with friends and family this season.

Kids Engaged in Gardening

Kids Engaged in Gardening

So my grandkids love watermelons. And eating peas. But how do I get them away from their monster trucks and into the greenhouse? I do it with water. All ages love to water and they love to play with the various hoses and sprinklers I have in my greenhouse and garden. I also let them discover the excitement of the treasure hunt when it comes to pulling potatoes.

Fantastic News: Website a Winner!

Fantastic News: Website a Winner!

How does it feel to be a winner? I am happy for myself but thrilled for my team at Swag Design Factory: Liz, Barry and Ian. This is an example of them having faith in me and redesigning what I needed instead of what I wanted. Good Job! How did you know?

Soil Research: Improve Your Soil, Improve Our World

Soil Research: Improve Your Soil, Improve Our World

Soil Research shows improving Your Garden Soil by adding organic matter improves the world by reducing climate change. New York Times writer Kendra Pierre-Louis says soil research shows ordinary back yards are more likely to reduce climate change over parks. This isn’t the first time I have heard of gardeners saving the world one back yard at a time….”Terra Pretta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change” impressed me last year. Adding Biochar is one way to permanently boost carbon in the soil and take carbon out of the air.