Incorporating Antiques Into Your Garden Design

A favorite past time here in the Hudson Valley is antique shopping.  There are endless shops and flea markets to satisfy the collector and crafter alike.  As a gardener, I love when I can incorporate pieces into the landscape. This old wood burning stove wasn't purchased at an antique shop, but was a piece we … Continue reading Incorporating Antiques Into Your Garden Design

DIY Garden Drying Rack

Pulled together an easy project for the garden today. I grabbed an old frame and attached some leftover chicken wire to the back with the staple gun.  Next I pre-drilled a few holes for the screw eyes to fit.  I cut a twist chain with some snips at equal lengths and attached each end to … Continue reading DIY Garden Drying Rack

Seed Tape

Trying out a little DIY project today. I'm hoping those tiny little seeds will stay more uniform when planted this way. I created seed tapes for lettuce, spinach, beets, cilantro, basil, and parsley seeds. This was really quite easy. I created the tape from toilet tissue in 2'-3' lengths, and cut down the center. I … Continue reading Seed Tape

Garden Project – Cold Frame

Update: Cold Frame complete, and I'm so happy with the result. I think I'm going to add a third layer with a screen frame to cover as well. This way I can use it for my lettuce and tender herbs and they'll be protected from the chipmunks. 🐿 Source: Garden Project - Cold Frame

Sunday’s Were Meant For The Garden

Lots of projects going on today in the garden. Thankful for a creative man who can swing a hammer and rock a saw.  I'll keep you posted on progress.

Country Living In The Hudson Valley

 This past weekend, my girls and I took to the back roads of the Hudson Valley to attend the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, N.Y. This was our first time at this event and my only regret is that I didn't buy the three day pass.  What a relaxing day, filled with shabby chic vendors, … Continue reading Country Living In The Hudson Valley

Trash to Treasure

I love this time of year, especially here in the Hudson Valley where there is still a nice mix of old farms in the area.  It's an even bigger treat when one of those old barns, farms, or homesteads have a tag sale.  Sometimes when I'm all by myself, I'll just follow the signs and … Continue reading Trash to Treasure

Art Inspires Agriculture

I love how the Hudson Valley Seed Library incorporates art into their heirloom seed packets.  They describe the connection beautifully in their recent article about the upcoming Art of the Heirloom exhibit - "Artists tell compelling stories by creatively envisioning the lives of flowers and vegetables, farms and gardens. Art inspires agriculture." One of my … Continue reading Art Inspires Agriculture

Daydreams and Life

How do you see yourself? I mean really see yourself, when there's no one expecting results from you.  Do you ever find yourself daydreaming, getting lost in a thought; seeing yourself, for a brief moment in a completely different light?  Every now and then, this happens to me.  My kids will laugh as I stare … Continue reading Daydreams and Life

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I make my own laundry detergent – yes, I admit it, and no, I don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands either.  I simply got sick and tired of watching my hard earned money go into the pockets of big corporations and really prefer more natural cleaning products around me and my … Continue reading Homemade Laundry Detergent