Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today has been a fun day filled with shenanigans, embarrassing my children, rainbows, gold candy, and green dye.  It may seem silly to get all hyped up over a holiday like St. Patty’s Day, but it brings me joy to bring a smile to my kid’s faces.  That, an anything that gets my family to … Read more…

Thinning Seedlings, The Dark Side Of Gardening

Sometimes, being a gardener can be painful.  Your back often aches, your carpel tunnel can flare up, the rose from your grandmother’s garden can die, or your favorite tree can succumb to disease.  Another of these painful days, is the day you must thin your seedlings.  After weeks of babying, watering, fanning, heating, and cooling, … Read more…

Triple Threat Chocolate Cake

A group of dedicated volunteers is holding an auction tonight, to raise money for our school district and our community’s children.  My small contribution to tonight’s auction will be a Triple Threat Chocolate Cake.  This towering, chocolate concoction is the moistest cake I have ever baked.  Did I mention it’s moist?  Moist!  I love that word, and I especially love a … Read more…

When Should I Plant My Veggie Seeds?

The question I have been asked over and over again this past week is, “Stacy, when should I plant my vegetable seeds?”   Okay, let me start off by saying that this is a loaded question.  There are so many possible answers, truths, and additional questions that my head starts to spin.  I certainly can’t do this complex question justice … Read more…

Presoaking Seeds DIY Quick Tip

Many moons ago, a friend of mine, who is a gardening guru, suggested that I presoak my pea and sweet pea seeds before sowing them.  Why in the world would I do that?  Well, because seeds require moisture for germination.   Moisture breaks down the seed coat, hydrates the seed’s enzymes, and hydrates the food supplies.  When these things happen, the seed begins to … Read more…