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Endeavor to Persevere in the Garden: A Spring Pep Talk

bloomDear friends,

Here is a gardener’s pep talk, a call to persevere even when you think you’re messing everything up.

In his book, The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture, Christopher Shein said, “Although there will be failed experiments, the permaculture gardener sees these as normal events in the dynamic process of all living environments. Mistakes are a learning tool and a sign you’re continuing to improve your process.” I couldn’t agree more.

You’ve got this. Keep on keeping on and get that garden growing, one “failure” at a time.

Your cheerleader from afar,


Video: DIY Pumpkin Puree

No, you’re not going crazy. My weekly video post is up one day early. I won’t be available to post tomorrow, so I thought it best to put it up today! I had fun with pumpkins this weekend – a little carving, some puree, a loaf of pumpkin bread, a pumpkin doughnut…that all happened. Tis the season, I guess.

In this week’s video, I share with you just how easy it is to make your own pumpkin puree. I will concede that opening a can is indeed easier, but with about 15 minutes of hands-on time, you can make your own from scratch – delicious, unprocessed, in-season pumpkin puree.

Now, I will warn you that there is about a 20 second segment in this video that is horribly unfocused. If only I could be behind the camera and in front of it at once! The content just wouldn’t make sense if I left it out and since I had already roasted and pureed both of my pumpkins, I couldn’t reshoot. So, in the loop it stayed – in all its imperfect glory. It’s human. And clearly, I’m rolling with it. I hope you all have a lovely week! Get yourself a pumpkin!

How about a little pumpkin puree inspiration? Try using your pumpkin puree in these delicious recipes:

What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin puree?

Video: This Bears Repeating

I’ve been thinking about doing a check-in post for a while now – a post where I give you a little update about things I’ve been talking about this year. The pears, the potatoes, the tomatoes. It will get done eventually. It’s just that for some reason, other things keep getting in the way.

So rather than putting off the idea or scraping it all together, I’ve decided to give you just a snippet, a piece of something I’ve wanted to share with you. It’s probably no coincidence that it’s the thing that greets me every time I walk in or out my front door.

I look down at my most recently planted succulent garden daily and think, damn, that is so freaking adorable! I have to show my friends how it’s been growing! It’s one of those things that to anyone else, it’s just a planter, but to me, it’s evidence of my horticulture growth. It’s evidence of the eye I’m starting to develop for plant aesthetics. Where as before I’d just put one plant in with another, now I see details in color, size and foliage that allow me to make planting decisions that result in something beautiful.

The color combination in this succulent garden makes me swoon. The fact that a few have a distinct maroon color while others have that pink hue just on the edge of their leaves makes me beam. They go together like pictures you’d hang in a room. Alone they are beautiful, but together it’s another level of pretty. It’s like a matte in a frame – it can bring out certain colors in a picture if you select the right one.

It’s also evidence of the loveliness of nature and what can result when you are patient. With just a little bit of TLC, it has filled in beautifully. I didn’t need to do much, but step aside and let them grow. It was as if the succulents said to me, “We’ll take it from here.”

So, I leave you today with my garden nerd musings and the tutorial post and video for this project. I hope it inspires you to make some horticultural eye candy for yourself.

Video: Renovate Your Strawberry Patch!

Time is of the essence, folks! Now that you’ve harvested all your strawberries, it’s time to renovate your June-bearing strawberry patch so you have an abundant crop of fruit and flourishing strawberry plants next season. In this timely video, I’ll show you how to renovate, or prune your strawberry patch and transplant runners so it will be as good as new!

Have you signed up for my monthly newsletter yet? I want you to have it! I’m working on a good one to be delivered promptly to your inbox on the 1st! One thing I’m super excited to share with you is a super simple technique for preserving fresh herbs and a little something about DIY Herbs de Provence. I’ll also give you a ton of links for great things to do with all these summer cherries we’ve got right now. It’s easy to sign up for this free resource! Just enter your name and email into the box on the right. I think you’ll be glad you did!

Lots of love this week, friends!


Speaking of strawberries…this is a great beginners’ guide to gardening, especially for my friends with smaller spaces. Andrea’s also got a great blog, Heavy Petal.