The Flavours of the Fraser Valley

    Sometimes the best days are just going for a drive in the country and if you live in British Columbia…. you get more than just fantastic scenery, you get to breath, taste and experience what farm life is all about.   A few month’s back I had the pleasure of doing the Circle Farm Tour Partner and Board FAM in Langley with a group of owners, managers and wine makers aboard a bus organized by Tourism Langley.     Now this was back in May, which is a smoking busy time for this garden centre manager, but sinc ...

Slider BBQ Burger Bar Party

  Slider BBQ Burger Bar Party Are you planning to host a BBQ this summer?  A burger bar is not new, but in my research for some yummy toppings, I realized that in order to try several variations… regular burgers were too big. So I created 14 different toppings for a themed Slider BBQ Burger Bar Party that was perfect for the Levy’s Source for Sports staff BBQ this year. This was the Ultimate Burger Bar for a group of guys who love burgers, here’s my line up of toppings to try! ...

Kitchen Gadget Garden Crafts

  Kitchen Gadget Garden Crafts Creative Mojo can come and go, but sometimes a challenge is just what you need to get it kick started again! A fellow member in a group of fabulous garden gals I belong to called the Garden Charmers asked us to come up with a garden art project using kitchen gadgets. I came up with four…. ...

Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons

  Lavender and Coconut Oil Bath BonBons While I was harvesting my lavender and tying them into bundles for drying, I tried to decide what to do with it all this year. My post last summer on 5 Ways to Use Lavender included an ice cream recipe, lemon lavender shortbread, lavender wands, fresh herb wreath and a lavender sugar scrub. So, I need at least three new idea’s for this year to add to my ever growing collection of Lavender goodness. Here’s one I came up with that is SO easy to make and oh so wonderful to enjoy…. grab ...

Revive Hanging Baskets

    I recently did a post on how to have Hanging Baskets that last all summer long by swapping out spring baskets with ones you planted up in mid-late May. It’s a great technique that will keep you in flowers right up to the first hard frost. But there is a way to revive hanging baskets that are looking haggard come mid June. The key here is to do it right now and be very… very brave! ...

Pop Bottle Planter

     Recycled Pop Bottle Planter Wait! Don’t throw those pop bottles out! ( you were putting them into the recycle box right? ) Well, pull them out. Here is a super easy, fun summer garden craft you can make turning that useless plastic into pretty Pop Bottle Planter. ...

DIY Spiral Herb Garden

  The DIY Spiral Herb Garden is a small space garden method that is not new but there are plenty of twists on it (twists…snicker). I’ve seen them made with all manners of materials such as garden stones, bricks, bamboo stakes etc. I decided that I wanted to use recycled materials and make this as EASY as possible. What can I say, I’m a lazy gardener. I just want results without the  calluses or the expense. My version was designed for attracting Bee’s and Butterflies to my garden. Here is my method for a DIY Spiral ...

Gardening Gifts for Dad

    There are a lot men out there that LOVE their gardens! I know, because I see couples shopping in the garden center all the time and I’ve made the mistake of assuming it was the wife who chose the plants in the their shopping cart. So, I thought it a great idea to put together a few suggestions that are perfect Gardening Gifts for Dad this month. A gift certificate is always a safe bet to his favorite garden center but if your looking for something a little unique, then read on… ...

Hanging Baskets That Last All Summer Long

    One of the number one questions I get asked at the garden centre regarding plants and hanging baskets is… “Will this bloom all summer?” This is the part where I make them raise their right hand and ask them to repeat after me…. I solemnly do swear that I will place this plant in its proper light requirements, to never allow it to dry to wilt point and to water it as is needed on a daily basis. I will feed it regularly for optimum blooms and will pinch it back when needed to keep it healthy and blooming all ...

Mini Gardens, More Than Just Fairies

  Mini Gardens are more than just Fairies, they are little worlds we can create on just about any subject and in anything that will hold dirt! On Saturday May 24th I hosted a Hometalk Spring Garden Craft Party at Milner Village Garden Centre where I’ve invited 3 other local talented Hometalk bloggers to show off their crafty idea’s at this meet and greet event. We were honored to have the editor of Stimuli Magazine join us for this fun, inspiring craft day! Mini Gardens were demonstrated at my booth and for those of you who wer ...
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