Have you heard the news “Dirt is the new Prozac”

Just think dirt is the new Prozac! Yes, creating a garden in your city lot can help with depression and anxiety. There is scientific proof that it heals our mind! It is evident to those of us that grow plants or spend time outdoors that we feel better, but now we have scientific evidence that it…

Edible Estates:The Attack on the Front Lawn by artist Fritz Haeg

I have been wrestling with my front lawn for the past 10 years. I live on a typical city block where no one grows food in the front or back yards and no flowers! However, the past few years I have been  seeing more flowers, which is delightful in front yards and less chemical spraying,…

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…

Lemon Cucumbers

The last few years I have been trying different vegetables in our zone 5 gardens to see which are more resistant to disease and able to hold up to pests.  I have grown cucumbers for years, but often times I have a problem with cucumber beetles that I have to “hand-pick”  every morning. This year…