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Bee Gardens & Dog Fences

Signs of Spring Buds on the Lilac, a Forsythia in Bloom &¬†Garden catalogs! These sure signs of spring appeared this week. The forsythia is such a bright spot in an otherwise dreary garden. The stack of garden catalogs is growing… Continue Reading →

Get Ready for Spring! The Water-Saving Garden

Whether you live in Texas, California, the Southwest, the Midwest, or another drought-prone region of the U.S., The Water-Saving Garden offers environmentally progressive landscaping inspiration that goes far beyond mere cacti and prairie grass. It was just the book I… Continue Reading →

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

In our 60-year-old house, DIY projects can take a while. Our kitchen makeover is no exception.

Raised Organic Container Garden Diary, Entry #1

Despite drenching rains and lack of sunlight in Chicagoland, our new DIY container vegetable garden is off to a solid start! Below are photos from June 1; above is the progress made by June 16. Just over two weeks! We… Continue Reading →

Summer Backyard Patio Project Update

We made our Summer Patio Project deadline (just barely), with no help from Mother Nature. My last post (May 4) showcased our container garden project and the excavation of the patio area. I had hoped that the next weekend would… Continue Reading →

Summer Patio / Backyard Project

Our exterior improvements are going full force right now. The new roof is on, as is the new siding. After 17 years of absolutely hating our ugly 1970s aluminum siding (especially on our dormer window), we are thrilled with how… Continue Reading →

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