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“How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into an Irrigation Tool”

We’ve talked about the advantages of container gardening, as well as ideas for fabulous and unlikely growing containers. But then of course there’s caring for container plants. I have been traveling a lot during these past few months, as many people do in the summer time. I also happen to have a lot of plants that need love while I’m away, and the hot months are when they need a […]

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“How to Save Seeds for the Future, Especially Heirlooms”

It’s that time of year, when fruits are being harvested, and I teach you how to save seeds for the future, especially heirlooms. This is especially important as more and more varieties are lost as we continually buy just the few varieties offered to us in the grocery store. In my first book “Food Heroes,” I told the story of a seed saver in Berea, Kentucky who was saving heirloom […]

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“Inside 137 Pillars Chiang Mai”

As many of you know, I just returned from exploring several countries in Southeast Asia and one of my favorite areas was the north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai. The experience was made particularly special by my stay at 137 Pillars Chiang Mai, which many of you have asked me about since I chronicled the experience so thoroughly on my Instagram and Instagram stories. If you missed it, […]

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“How to Make a Flower Press and Dry Flowers”

As a child I used to love to collect summer flowers, green clover, and fall leaves for my flower press. I would then paste them onto homemade cards or drop them into letters before sending them off so that the reader had a little piece of where I was writing from. Today I’m going to show you how to make a flower press and dry flowers so that you can […]

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“How to Be a Fruit Bowl Gardener”

One of my favorite things is to get what my dad calls “volunteers” in the garden. Thess are plants that spring up from having their seeds tossed in the compost pile, and later getting transplanted when the compost is added to the soil. This has happened with squash, zucchini and zinnia flowers this year. But this is something you can do intentionally as well. For example, did you know that […]

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“A Local’s Guide to Seoul, South Korea”

Editor’s Note: Have the travel bug? Today we have a South Korean native sharing her inside scoop on her wonderful homeland. You won’t want to miss this detailed and exciting insider’s guide. Take it away Cheryn! Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, I took many aspects of my hometown for granted. This is my first summer in back after going away to college, and the visit has made me realize how […]

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“Join Me On An Adventure Getaway in TEXAS!”

It’s people, relationship, and experiences that I hold closely. It’s about making memories and you’re not going to make memories with things. With that in mind I’m excited to announce my next Adventure Getaway will be in TEXAS. It is an epic hog hunting adventure! Join me on an exclusive adventure with other wonderful women, learn some new outdoor skills no matter your experience level, and lean-in to a weekend that […]

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“How to Peel the Perfect Egg”

We have 5 new chicks that have just hatched at Tulipwood. We didn’t intend to have 5 new chicks, but the hens got broody and they just wouldn’t get off of their eggs and so we gave in and let them sit on them and here we are months later with 5 new chicks. We are really hoping there aren’t any roosters since we already have two, which is one too many, […]

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“8 Tips for Outdoor Container or Roof Gardening”

When I wrote my book Modern Pioneering, it was to encourage and inspire the use of our hands no matter what kind of space you live in, because most of us don’t live with a lot of land around us. Sometimes all we have is a windowsill, or a back alley, or a fire escape, or a vacant lot! I recently did a makeover of a small outdoor space that […]

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“How to Cut Herbs”

I have been seeing a lot of big herb plants everywhere I go lately, which got me thinking about all of the ways to preserve herbs for the months we don’t have them fresh in our gardens. The first step in preserving them, however, is cutting them, so today I thought I’d show you how to cut herbs. Herbs are best harvested right as their flowers start blooming, which is when […]

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