Three Easy TIPS to pulling weeds.

  Did you hear that my Three Ways to Eliminate Weeds guide is out? I wanted to share with you a few tips from the guide below. I've heard from so many people that one of their  biggest frustrations with their yard is the weeds. These are the same folks who want to be in the yard to RELAX … [Read more...]

October To Dos and a confession.

  Alright, I've got a confession to make. These plants in this picture are all mine. I might have gotten carried away at the plant sales this year.  The plants in the top left of the picture are all native ones from Plants of the Southwest, the lower left plants are the ones for my container … [Read more...]

5 Sustainable tips you can do today!

  Sustainable Tips to start right now! Snack and Food storage: Reuse your plastic ziplock bags by washing them out. Water re-use: Use a bucket to collect your bath/shower water while you are waiting for the water to warm up.  Then use that water to water your plants, mop your house, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Brown, green and greywater

My side garden in Albuquerque, NM that is watered entirely by greywater. An inside look at the greywater plumbing behind the washing machine. The plumbing as it exits the house. Here is one method for installing a greywater system from the washing machine sewer drain pipe to your yard. … [Read more...]

Pineapple and stripes can color your yard.

  Having trouble getting something blooming this year? I just can't say enough about how simple fabrics can add bits of color to your yard. Luckily the retail world has caught on to our love of ourdoor fabrics. Now is the time to swing by target, world market, pier 1, tjmaxx and other … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Hanging Gardens of…

Okay, so this is not one of the seven wonders of the world but I was in awe of these beautiful hanging baskets of annuals (purple petunias and white bacopa) in Eagle Nest, NM. A perfect planting combination for containers.   Now this is Summer in a basket. 4 more weeks of Summer now go … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: “go take a hike”

  It's back to school time and I'm overwhelmed to say the least. This is my first year figuring out how to get my boys to three different locations. By far my most favorite way to unwind is by being outdoors, so I took a hike. Sometimes just breathing in the fresh air is all one needs to … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: See the new in the old.

  Do you have old garden tools lying around that have lost their handles? There are many ways to re-purpose old tools. Like this old rake into tool hanger. Handle-less shovels become little diggers  in my compost piles. You could also arrange them as sculpture on a bare wall. Either way, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Let it RAIN RAIN RAIN….

  Monsoon season is in full force, we're coming up on two weeks straight of rain! With all this water, make sure you're directing it away from the house and towards your garden. Use cobble to create a swale for the plants. Then add a rain chain to help direct the water. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: It’s hot.

  I'll be the first to admit that I'm thrilled with all this monsoon rain but it's summer and it's hot. Some days the veggie garden can look sad and wilty from all the heat. If that's the case at your house it might be a good time to try covering your garden with dappled shade. I've noticed … [Read more...]