Brenda Beust Smith, organic, sustainable, the Lazy Gardener, transplant, vegetable gardening

YOU CAN GROW THAT! POTATOES

I can be lazy. While that statement sounds very much like I AM lazy, the distinction is an important one.  For most of my life, it's been difficult for me to even sit still, much less completely veg out.  Those days are over. Has my personality morphed, choleric gone phlegmatic?  Probably not.  When it comes… Continue reading YOU CAN GROW THAT! POTATOES

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hardscape, landscape design, native plants, plant selection

GARDEN DESIGN: Drawing Your Plan

Now that you have a BASIC LANDSCAPE LAYOUT graphed out from last time, you should know where permanent features and plants will be staying.  Time to make final decisions on what goes where for your new do/redo. 1)  Think about the why of it to determine the where.  Clients tell me they want their summer… Continue reading GARDEN DESIGN: Drawing Your Plan

garden art, garden seating, landscape design, plant selection

Landscape Design-WHERE DO I BEGIN?

We just bought a house and the "landscape" consists of a few trees and a weird assortment of shrubs here and there.  Where should we start? All of us long for a yard out of Southern Living or Architectural Digest.  In reality, most of us inherit something between The Jungle Book and Grapes of Wrath, so… Continue reading Landscape Design-WHERE DO I BEGIN?

disease, indoor plants, organic, plant care, plant selection

Top 3 House Plants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

When you walk into a beauty salon, do your eyes begin to water?  How about the perfume counter at Macy's....do you see double for a few minutes after passing by it or a man with a bit too much foo-foo water, as my grandmother used to call scented after-shave?  When you put in new carpet,… Continue reading Top 3 House Plants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

lawn care, mulch, organic, sustainable, Uncategorized

Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?

It's beginning to look a lot like.....well, like AUTUMN here in South Texas.  But, I don't dread leaves on the ground anymore. Winter officially begins today, December 21st, even if my sister in Denver begs to differ.  Storms here sent leaves scurrying, as per schedule this week.  So, what should be done about that?  (The… Continue reading Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?