Category: Home and Garden

Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Maybe you’ve seen evidence of these dastardly garden pests on the once-perfect leaves of your spinach or chard. Leaf miners have all but ruined some of my leafy greens in the past, but last year I vowed that it would never happen again! To control garden pests without harmful chemicals, you need to first get […]

May 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing Potatoes in Containers

The first time I tasted homegrown potatoes from our garden, I was hooked on their superior texture and flavor. Growing potatoes is great for many reasons, not least of which harvesting them is like unearthing treasure as a much-earned reward for your hard work in the garden. Most varieties come late in the summer, after months […]

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Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time! That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential […]

March 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

Succession planting is a valuable tool for managing the amount of food from your garden, minimizing potential food waste, and maintaining a gardener’s sanity.

March 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

During the first summer in our current home, we invited a realtor friend over for a glass of wine outside, the same friend that had sold us our fixer-upper. Cathy saw for herself the dramatic transformation our home and backyard had been through, including the addition of the large fenced vegetable garden. The vegetable garden […]

March 9, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Book Review: Big Magic

Book Review: Big Magic

I am not a “resolutioner” when the new year rolls around because I have been a frequent victim of goal overload. However, I do look at each January as a time for reflection, introspection, and inspiration. If you need some of that right now, have I got a great read for you! I recently finished […]

January 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Bible

There are few things I love more in winter than diving into a great book while lounging on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and, every so often, taking a break to peek out the window at the softly falling snow and taking a sip of heavy red wine. This year in the Philadelphia suburbs, winter […]

January 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

Winter, also known for me as the official season of dry skin and chapped lips, is finally here. The air outside is cold and dry and cranking up the heat in the house makes the indoor air just as dry. The result can by ashy, dry skin and perpetually parched lips. Before you grab that tube of commercial lip […]

January 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

I am in the middle of a subtle shift in my life and priorities. Recently, I pondered whether frugality and the everyday decadence I love so much can co-exist. I am starting to feel certain they can. When I think about my busy career, some things strike me as ironic. For instance, people work hard to buy late-model […]

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