My Yard and Garden

  • My Yard and Garden,  Self Care

    Gardening As a Form of Self-Care

    I love spending time in my garden daily, soaking in the beauty of the plants, weeding, and watering them. Gardening brings me peace and quiet and allows me to reflect or unwind. Sometimes, getting lost in the routine of caring for the plants is soothing. Appreciating the outdoors has been shown to impact mental health positively. I consider gardening as a form of self-care. Exposure to nature, soil, and sunlight can activate neurotransmitters that help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. I also love frequently visiting local greenhouses to buy more flowers and gardening supplies. Participating in gardening can bring numerous benefits. One is the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors…

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    My Favorite Garden Tools

    As the weather gets warmer, gardening becomes a popular pastime for many. It involves caring for various plants, such as flowers, greenery, fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as they grow. However, gardening can be intimidating for beginners like me or those who have had negative experiences due to the unpredictable nature of plants. Each plant is unique, so enjoying the learning process and celebrating the successful harvests is essential while learning from the not-so-successful ones. But having the right tools can make a significant difference in the success of your garden. To help you get started, I am giving you some of my favorite garden tools to help you with your…

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    Cardinals: A Look at What They Mean to Me

    Cardinals are my favorite bird. I love to watch them on my bird feeder and on my fountain. The other day I found a nest in the large bush beside my back patio. After many attempts, I was finally able to photograph the mother. The Northern Cardinal is a red bird known for its cone-shaped orange bill. The male can be bright red with black markings but the female ranges from tan to grey in color with some red on the wings and tail. These birds are common and widespread throughout eastern North America. Some people believe that “cardinals appear when angels are near.” This is a very comforting thought…

  • Food,  My Yard and Garden

    Growing Strawberries in Zone 8

    If you’re looking to grow strawberries, you can plant them as perennials in USDA zones 5-8 or as cool-season annuals in zones 9-10. Zone 8 encompasses parts of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, as well as areas in Texas, California, and the Pacific Northwest. This region experiences annual temperatures that rarely drop below 10 degrees F. (-12 C.), allowing for a longer growing season than other regions. As a gardener in zone 8, this means you can expect larger crops with bigger, juicier berries. To ensure successful growth, plant your strawberries after the last threat of frost has passed for your region. In zone 8, this typically occurs in late spring,…

  • Food,  Lifestyle,  My Yard and Garden

    My Herbs

    I love eating farm-to-fork, so I love growing my own herbs. There is nothing better than cooking with fresh herbs. My herbs are grown in pots on a baker’s rack on my back patio. Basil is my most used herb because I enjoy putting it in water with strawberries and creating Strawberry Basil Infused Water. Part of the experience is the wonderful smell as you sip it, especially since I’m working on giving up soda. I sprinkle fresh parsley in one of my favorite recipes, Creamy Chicken Piccata, and put it in many other recipes, such as Lasagna Soup. My Rosemary has gotten so big that I had to transplant…

  • Food,  My Yard and Garden

    March Garden

    It is early March in Zone 8, and we are having a mixture of warm and cold days, typical for this time of year. Not a lot of rain lately. Great time of year to have a garden. I harvested my cabbage and planted tomatoes. My broccoli is growing. It is now time to thin out my carrots. My snap peas are doing well; trying to get them growing up the garden trellis. Romaine lettuce is looking spectacular. Beets are still struggling but a little better. I replaced my bell pepper plant; it didn’t make it through the winter. Time to fertilize again with my organic mixture; one part Bone…

  • Food,  Lifestyle,  My Yard and Garden

    January Garden

    Living in zone 8 allows me to start and maintain my garden during the winter since we only have less than a dozen nights that drop below 32 degrees. So this is my January garden raided bed plan. *Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn a commission. Brussel sprouts, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Broccoli are seedlings from a local feed store. Carrots, Kale, Beets, Spinach, and Sugar Peas, I planted from seed. The Eggplant, Cabbage, and Bellpepper leftovers from last year. Hopefully, they will come back. The cute signs I purchase from Amazon*.…

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