Transitions

Every garden has transitions.  From the house to the garden, from one garden area to another, even within an established area a garden be transitioning from the sun to the shade, from one color to another or from one type of planting to another.  Then there are seasonal transitions.  Spring takes over from winter, summer from spring, autumn from summer, and winter from fall then the cycle begins again. Inside each season are transitions too.  The most significant transitions occur in spring and fall but all seasons have change. This isn't a typical garden post for this garden blog. I don't often share things from my personal life but as my life does affect this blog significantly I wanted to share a couple things. Don't worry, nothing too crazy is happening around here but we are undergoing some transitions.  We had the good fortune to be able to keep my…

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And So I Went to Arizona with the Saturday6

Over the weekend I was able to do something that I never imagined I would be able to do and it was all because of blogging: I took a business trip for blogging. I received an email several weeks ago asking if I would be interested in working with Troy-Bilt to try out some of their products.  Of course I was interested!  On Thursday I boarded the plane for Arizona where I would meet several other bloggers and members of the Troy-Bilt Saturday6 team. The last time I was a plane was before my oldest daughter (now 7) was born.  I was a little nervous about the flight, about security, and about the trip in general.  I'm not a traveler, I'm a gardener.  I landed in the Phoenix airport on a flight from Nashville about 20 minutes earlier than the flight was scheduled.  That eased my nerves.  Everything went off…

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A Blog Redesign for Growing The Home Garden

In 2007 I started this blog on gardening.  I didn't know where I was going with it, or what I was really doing to begin with, but I knew I wanted to talk more about gardening with other gardeners.  I was constantly talking about gardening and garden ideas with my family, and I'm sure they got tired of my incessant prattling about what plant would be good here and what design idea to put there.  Ideas have never been never anything I've been short on!  So I started this blog toward the end of the month of October in 2007 in order to prattle on to a larger audience.  It's been over five years now.  I've posted over 1,800 posts and GrowingTheHomeGarden.com has had over 900,000 visitors since July 13, 2009 (when I started tracking).  That averages to over 20,000 visits per month.  Pages have been viewed here over 1.7…

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5 Gardening Resolutions for 2012

This year I'll be adding a little bit of my garden writing to a local website called Spring Hill Fresh. Their goal is to highlight Spring Hill, TN and the local area which is one of the fastest growing areas of Tennessee.  Spring Hill Fresh offers us locals news about current events, local happenings, and local business. A couple times a month I'll have a post about gardening for Spring Hill Fresh that I'll pass on to you. Even though the site is for the local population many gardening subjects are universal! So I hope you pay Spring Hill Fresh a visit and come and see my first post on the site called 5 Gardening Resolutions for 2012!

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Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish you and your family a safe and very merry Christmas season! Photos: Nandina berries (top left), eastern red cedar under snow(middle left), blue garden shed (bottom left), happy little bluebird in snow (middle bottom), daffodil coming up in a March snow (bottom right), Our Snow covered house (top right). Coming up after Christmas: 2011 Project Review and 2012 Garden Project Lists!

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Time for a New Look

You may have noticed a few changes here at The Home Garden lately. The changes are not completely set into how I want them to be yet but they are well on their way!  You may be wondering why did I change things?  To start off there were some major issues going on with something in the html code.  I'm not 100% sure what the problem was.  On some computers with certain on access virus scanner programs the blog said there was some sort of a virus.  I have no clue how it got there, or even if it was really a virus and not just a script the virus scanner picked up as a virus. In either case the issue is 100% gone.  But there was another issue, Internet Explorer was completely freezing up when users were visiting.  It never happened on other browsers like Firefox or Chrome but…

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Parenting, Gardening, and Time…

I'm finding that this year has by far been the most challenging year for the garden. At least so far. It's not just because of the sweltering heat that is sitting on us like some big ole bear on a circus ball. And it's not just the complete lack of rain over the last couple week (wait I did feel about 5-6 drops the other day - no exaggeration here - only 5-6 drops). What has really made this year a challenge so far is time. Time is the one factor in everything that is beyond our control. We can manipulate how we spend our time but no matter what we do time still goes, it travels, and it travels fast! It seems like overnight my oldest daughter finished kindergarten. School was a challenge - not for her she breezed through - but for me. For those who have followed…

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More Fun With Seedlings!

I'm still playing in the dirt with seedlings! Aren't you? This week I was excited to see some of my recent plantings begin to emerge from the soil. What is really cool about seed starting is the variety of plants you could potentially grow. Almost anything is possible! It's also very cool when the plants are shared from another gardener. A couple months ago Nancy Ondra sent me these seeds which are doing great so far! Black-leaved cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigrum’)This ornamental cotton sports pinkish colored flowers and dark, almost black foliage. I love to see plants with interesting foliage and since most of my garden tends to be in shades of green the dark foliage of this cotton is very welcome! I may have to pair it with some lime green ornamental sweet potatoes. The kids will have fun collecting the cotton in the fall! Here's a close-up of…

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I Need A Video Camera Recommendation

OK gardeners and garden bloggers I need your help. Years ago I bought our first video camera to help film the antics of our children.  I bought it just before our oldest was born and many things have changed over the years. Essentially technology has made my old mini tape video camera obsolete. I can't even hook it up to our current computer to download videos! This may seem way out of the norm for garden blog topic material but my hope is that you can lead me to a really good video camera that not only will preserve my children in a state of perpetual suspended animation for eternity but will also give me an opportunity to start doing a few garden videos here on The Home Garden! Dave's Children I've already ruled out the Flip video cameras. I like having a nice zoom feature and the 2x digital…

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Bloom N’ Garden Expo 2011

Today was my day to visit the Bloom N' Garden Expo in Williamson County, TN. It's a garden show put together by the Williamson County Master Gardeners which features talented speakers and all kinds of vendors ranging from carnivorous plants and daylilies to soaps, jams, and grape juice. There's all kinds of neat stuff to see like the display gardens.   Why should you go to a garden show near you? Well if you like plants then one reason is probably obvious but beyond that it's a great way to get to see what nurseries and companies near you have to offer.  Think of it as a preview of what you could find if you went to visit them at their place. I enjoy walking around and looking at the plants. I don't any attention to the vendors who sell only slightly related gardening services and goods. The landscaping display…

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