Perfect Plant Combination


Just like Veronica at Through the Garden Gate, I’ve been peering into other people’s front gardens (this one in Maida Vale). Although I’m usually more partial to a blaze of colour: masses of daffodils or riotous tulips, I saw this arresting virginal combination of snowdrops and white crocuses the other day and it really moved me. I love this simple but heavenly effect and plan on borrowing the idea for next spring in my own small patch. Continue reading

15 Tips for Trough Planters



We recently concluded an exciting stint at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show to promote the educational mission of the Peterson Garden Project. The exhibit was a walk through the garden year as presented in our new book Fearless Food Gardening in Chicagoland – A Month-by-month Growing Guide for Beginners. We had over 20,000 people spend time in our exhibit asking questions, learning and getting excited for the 2014 growing season! Continue reading

Why Is A Healthy Garden Soil Important?

Why Is A Healthy Garden Soil Important

Did you have trouble growing veggies last year?  Every once in a while, I’ll have a bad gardening year.  Sometimes it’s beyond my control {i.e. squirrels or other critters getting into my plants} and sometimes, I’ll look back and be like, “Whoops, I can totally see how I screwed this year up.”  Gardening is definitely a learning process.

Maintaining a healthy garden isn’t really that tricky when you get right down to it, but it does involve the slightest bit of tenacity–which, on days when you would rather drink tea on the patio and only think about getting dressed eventually, can be too much to ask.  Ha! Continue reading

Go Camping with your iPhone

Shovel, Swiss Army Knife, or duct tape are the most important thing that other campers would bring. However, there a thing that gives you multiple usage, iPhone.

The iPhone is one piece of equipment that goes everywhere with us, and that means camping too.

Below are the great apps and features that will make your camping worthwhile.

iPhone flashlight

Where’s your headlamp? This app has many a time saved me in my tent, digging around within the dark, or in my vehicle with its pathetically dim dome light that shines some places, but not exactly where my headlamp is hiding.
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