Garden

Planning a Garden in Colder Climates (AKA Gardening in the Great White North)

Planning a Garden in Colder Climates (AKA Gardening in the Great White North)

If you live in Canada (or anywhere where spring has just arrived), this post is for YOU! Today I’m talking directly to all the gardeners for whom gardening season has only *just* begun. We’re pretty much still looking at bare lawn patches (maybe with a hint […]
Painted Geometric DIY Flower Pots | There for the Making: Earth Day!

Painted Geometric DIY Flower Pots | There for the Making: Earth Day!

Today I’m getting up on my soapbox to talk about two things that make me tick: budget-friendly projects and environmentalism! Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and I am so excited to share an eco-friendly project with you. It also happens to be the […]
Gardening for Beginners | Top 10 Tips for the “Green” Gardener

Gardening for Beginners | Top 10 Tips for the “Green” Gardener

I’ve learned SO much in the two years I’ve had a garden. (And I have only just dipped the tip of my big toe.) But, in an effort to help other newbie gardeners (or maybe experienced gardeners who are faced with a new garden), I’ve coralled my […]
Beautiful Container Garden Design | Pretty Planters!

Beautiful Container Garden Design | Pretty Planters!

To celebrate the (much-needed) arrival of spring, I treated myself to a little spree at my local Rona (other women splurge on shoes), and put together my planters for this year. In case you missed last year’s planter makeover extravaganza, you can catch up here. These […]
May 2015 Garden Update | The Rake’s Progress

May 2015 Garden Update | The Rake’s Progress

We're making awesome progress in our garden! Here's the first installment of my digital garden yearbook.
Garden Plans 2015

Garden Plans 2015

Perhaps it's wishful thinking, since it's -24 degrees, but here are my garden plans for 2015.
Fall 2014 To-Do List

Fall 2014 To-Do List

Also known as the Make-Work List. 🙂 Erick and I are still new to the whole homeownership game, and this is our first real fall in the house. (We moved last November, so we missed fall by a month – and if you live in […]
You say “daylia”, I say “dahlia”

You say “daylia”, I say “dahlia”

But we all say “wow!” when the full, rich blooms open at this time of year! It was my first year growing dahlias (my first year growing a garden, to be exact). I was spurred into this fledgling hobby by my Aunt Sheila and Uncle George, […]
Subtlety over brilliance… herb gardening on my deck

Subtlety over brilliance… herb gardening on my deck

“Gardening with herbs, which is becoming increasingly popular, is indulged in by those who like subtlety in their plants in preference to brilliance.” – Helen Morgenthau Fox Too right you are, Helen! You have to love someone who uses words like “indulge” and “subtlety” in […]
Late-Spring Garden Tour 2014

Late-Spring Garden Tour 2014

When I started up F & N this winter (or re-started, I should say), one of my plans was to use this blog as a kind of garden journal. This is Erick’s and my first spring in our first house so we’ve been looking forward […]
A plethora of planters

A plethora of planters

Well, ok, only 3 1/2, but it felt like a lot when I was lugging soil and rocks to the car! My story begins one fateful day one day when my mom asked me if I wanted some used planters from their garage. Since they are […]