These are My Top 10 Garden Tools for Beginners. Good Gardening Tools Matter! Can you imagine trying to do the laundry without all the right equipment? Or, trying to cook a beautiful meal without the proper cookware? This is true for growing things in the garden. Tools matter! And this is the time of year to take an inventory and purchase some new gear!
There are a few basic gardening tools [...]
Nothing better than hitting the ‘reset’ button!
A New Year brings with it the opportunity to begin again, hit the ‘reset’ button and hope for brighter days ahead. As a gardener, I am reminded that, “Hope Springs Eternal.”
It not just about throwing a fab party, it is truly about reflection and beginning again. Renewed.
So celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends and [...]
Christmas gifts for a gardener are always about quality and durability. Spend your money on the best tools, not ones with plastic handles or made of thin metal. Your gardener will appreciate the quality of Felco Pruners or English made, wooden handled Haws Stainless Steel Garden Fork or Trowel.
These are GREAT gifts and show your gardener that you get it! You really get their passion for [...]
November is the month we think about, “Putting the Garden to Bed”
Halloween’s ending marks the true beginning of the Holiday Season at Caroline’s Garden. I am busy cleaning up the garden beds now so that there is ample time to enjoy the parties, cooking and good cheer of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. You don’t want to be too busy in the garden, when the entertaining seasons [...]
Carrie Petty’s Fall Garden Checklist
Cut perennials back to 3 inches high, but leave some seed heads for the birds
Be sure to shake any full seed heads back into the Garden
Harvest all final flowers and veggies
Plant bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs until ground freezes
Harden off plants to bring indoors, stop bugs by misting 1-part rubbing alcohol to 10-part water.
Clean up garden[...]
The subtle transition from late summer to fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Indiana. I have always said, "No one does fall better than Indiana!" And it's true! The colors are so vibrant in our state. So get out there and enjoy these Autumn days Hoosiers!
This year we have a very high chance of an abundantly vibrant foliage season. Carbohydrates and sugars are not just [...]
The herb garden is as old as the human race. Think about that for a moment. The very first gardens, they had herbs. Dating back as far as 2400 B.C., an herb garden was constructed as part of ancient Egyptian medicine temples and schools. Not to mention the Garden of Eden. Herbs were one of my introductions into gardening. A sweet woman named Barbara taught me how to make dried herb wreaths! I [...]
Our home in Brown County, Indiana sits on 30 acres of pure Indiana woodland perfection. The land and vegetation are in constant perpetual motion. An ever changing laboratory of natural, indigenous biology. Even the smallest waterhole is brimming with magnificent diversity. Every weekend a new flower variety blooms. And every night a new frog croaking symphony entertains.
Dogs can sense it [...]
I love Nasturtium. It is the happiest little herb flower. The leaves, buds, and blooms are all edible. It is considered a herb and is making herb gardening once again popular.
Nasturtiums are so easy to grow from seed. They only take a few days to pop-up. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies too. An excellent plant to increase garden pollination.
They are not a vine that clings[...]
Why I Call Myself God’s Gardener
It is true. I am a gardener. Most days you will find me digging in the dirt with a big, floppy brown hat on the top of my head. It helps to keep the wrinkles from growing. My home is full of botanical patterns and my dishes have a floral design and one of my dogs is named Daisy. I shop for clothes that move and wash easily, just in case I want to pop out to [...]