Rhubarb Season is upon us

The beginning of spring brings with it many fabulous things, but one of the best is the start of rhubarb season. One is either firmly for or against rhubarb, I have never met anyone on the fence about it. My husband for example is repulsed by rhubarb, even with the addition of his hands-down favorite…

The New Container Garden

Vertical Herb Gardens are the new container garden. Jump on the “green living” train and build your own “edible arrangement”. It’s no secret to anyone I know that I love my job. It is the perfect balance of analytical and creative for me. Sometimes the creative aspect takes a back seat for long periods and…

When you know spring has sprung.

  Yesterday my husband and I took a walk around the garden to see what was coming up. The weather in our area has been very rainy lately so we still haven’t been able to work the ground enough to plant our broccoli and other early spring greens. We are hopeful that that can take…

Seed Starting for your Homestead

The easiest (and cheapest) way to the garden of your dreams is by starting seeds. This is the first year that I have saved seeds- a topic for another time- and replanted them the next year. Currently in the greenhouse I have ten varieties of heirloom tomatoes, with varieties like Brandywine, Striped German and Cherokee…

Trend Forecast 2018- Houseplants

Have you been eyeing spring issues of your favorite home and garden magazines that are hitting shelves now? Every room looks crisp and meticulously decorated, farmhouse, shabby chic, Mediterranean, and boho, all perfectly styled. If you look closely every one includes a houseplant. Houseplants are trending big time, and it’s time you hopped on that…

Maple Syruping on the Urban Homestead

About two years ago it hit me- that sick feeling (it may have been the morning sickness) in your gut when you realize your family is expanding and following that your bills will be expanding too. I decided that we would be cutting our spending immediately and the easiest place to do that would be…

The Corpse Flower blooms!

My 9-5 (well 7-5) job is in a greenhouse. It can get hectic at times – like right now in April- but every once in a while I get to see something really new or exciting that I have never seen before and it makes the job really interesting and relieves some of the stress….

Hello, and a little bit about me…

My name is Maureen, I am a wife to my husband David, a mother to three spirited little boys, and a dog mom to a sweet black and tan coonhound. I work full time outside the home as a plant buyer for a chain of retail garden centers in Ohio and I absolutely adore the…