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Gina Gaines

Wild Garden Girl By Gina Gaines Growing up in the rural south, I learned to love gardening at an early age. I've used a variety of organic methods over the years as well as lots of experimenting with my own ideas. Fifty years later, I'm still learning and experimenting and loving every ...

Learning With Lily

My daughter and granddaughters moved in with us this spring, and we’ve spent most of the summer trying to rearrange living quarters to accommodate everyone’s needs. Having three generations under one roof is sometimes a challenge, but I wouldn’t miss a minute of it! Another challenging ...

Three Sisters

Planting the "three sisters" (corn, beans and squash) together promotes good health for each. Beans provide nitrogen for all three, but especially the nitrogen-greedy corn. Corn also needs lots of moisture, which the large squash leaves preserve by keeping the soil shaded. The corn, in ...

Building a Hugelkultur Bed

My gardening philosophy is that Mother Nature knows more about growing vegetation than we humans do. So I try to pay attention when I see her working! I guess that’s what appeals to me about the Hugelkultur method of gardening. It mimics the way nature creates good soil. And since soil is ...

From Spools to Jewels

Many years ago, I purchased a couple of imperfect spool racks to use in my sewing area. I didn’t mind that a few of the pegs were missing since they were only a buck each. When I moved, my new sewing area didn’t have a wall to mount them on, so I put my spools of thread in a plastic drawer ...

Cornbread Memories

During an exceptionally long, stressful day of nursing, I developed a craving for some good ol’ Southern comfort food. Just thinking about the sweet aroma of cornbread baking in the oven gave me the strength I needed to make the drive home. With single-minded determination, I leapt out of my ...

Top Bar Bees

I can’t imagine there is anyone left who hasn’t heard about the serious decline in our bee population and the dire consequences to life on this planet if something isn’t done to help. There are a number of apiaries across the country, but they are not able to correct the problem alone. ...

One Day Bookshelf Project

Several years ago I made a bookshelf out of old louver doors and a few wooden boards. The poor thing has been dismantled and repainted three times and you'll probably notice in the photos that it needs yet another coat of paint. We're currently remodeling this room and the bookshelf was put ...

Easy Curtains

My living room has a wonderful wall of windows that makes you feel like you are sitting outdoors in the sunshine. But because we live on a busy little road, they needed a covering that could be closed at night for privacy. The three 4x6 foot windows are side by side with a 12-inch space ...

The GreenBarn

After dozens of modifications, I’ve finally settled on a floor plan for my new greenhouse-barn combination. Because space is limited, I wanted to make sure I utilized every square inch to its fullest potential. I’ve been studying the needs of all the livestock and plants that may ...

Scrappy Arches

Do you have a door in your home that you never close? Is it just one more dust magnet taking up space? Or perhaps you are remodeling your home and can’t figure out how to make a door fit in an awkward space. Why bother hanging that expensive slab of wood if you’re never going to use it ...

Seeds Made Just For Me

As I browse through my seed catalogs, I can’t help but notice that the number of seed varieties for most plants are downright overwhelming. And so is the advice about which ones to plant in different parts of the country. Every producer has a different recommendation and, unfortunately, none ...

Beautiful Biscotti

Biscotti is the perfect complement to that hot cup of coffee or warm cocoa on a cold winter day. It isn't difficult to make, but does take a little time. Honestly, though, it’s worth the effort when you’re sitting by the fire with your favorite book, savoring every delicate morsel as it ...

Garden Plans With My Furry Foursome

Hope you are having a happy start to your new year! Here at our Wild Garden Burbstead in northwest Georgia, winter is just now settling in. So I happily settled into the rocker by the fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa, my Farmer's almanac, favorite seed catalogs and garden planner. Don't you ...

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