I’ll trade you a bucket of lawn for a bucket of pea gravel!

  These photos are from Houzz.com and  on occasion I will visit this website to be inspired when I am working on our Urban Potager. This spring I have been busy adding more edible plants and natives while learning to landscape with pea gravel. I have found pea gravel to work well in our urban oasis since…

Elementary my dear,it is a citified kitchen garden

Since I first learned to read I have been a big mystery fan. I love the challenge of trying to figure out “who done it.” I do not watch too much tv, but what TV I do watch is many mysteries. I am a big fan since childhood of Sherlock Holmes, so when they have…

In the MUCK of life perseverance prevails!

In the MUCK of life beauty comes forth from periods of hardship and boy has this winter been a hardship in our gardens.We have had one of the longest, coldest, + most snow fallen in decades. After weeks of below freezing winter, the muck in our life can last too long and it seems as…

Eat your Anthocyanins every day and keep the doctor away!

My middle daughter painted her room purple one year, and my husband thought he would go insane. It was too funny watching him cringe every time he went into the room. She loved the color purple, and I have to agree I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it looked great! I am painting…

Historic Pansy Mix saved to take us back to days gone by…

Right now we are in one of the worst winters I have seen in a while. I am so tired of snow + cold now that it is a joy to start my spring Historic Pansy Mix ( Viola × wittrockiana) inside under lights.I know some people have had them winter over in their garden, but I have…

An Urban Oasis..what is that?

It is dipping below zero weather around here, and I am spending a lot of time with seed catalogs, reading blogs of others that live in warmer places, admiring their gardens, food growing, + pondering what will next year be like in our Urban Potager…well, it will be an Urban Oasis…what is that? This thought…

My Old Gal will live on and we can age together!

A few weeks ago I called a local arborist. It is not easy to find an arborist in the Quad Cities. Our Quad Cities is home to 5 cities “straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary, in the United States. The cities are Davenport + Bettendorf(Iowa), and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (in…