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Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Weeks 4 & 5 (Ready for Planting and Last Minute Veggie Addition) )

Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Weeks 4 & 5 (Ready for Planting and Last Minute Veggie Addition) )

The beds are filled with soil! After two days of shoveling and wheelbarrowing 3 yards of soil, the existing and new beds are ready for planting.

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Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Weeks 2 & 3 (Starting the Garden Remodel and Dahlia Tubers)

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Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Weeks 2 & 3 (Starting the Garden Remodel and Dahlia Tubers)

My love for flowers comes from my love of the garden, and I can't help but share all this wonderful natural goodness with you this gardening season 2022! I thought it would be fun to share my suburban hobby gardening adventure this year to provide encouragement and inspiration particularly if you find yourself in this category too. I learn from many skilled gardeners online, so I'm not so much teaching gardening as I'm just sharing my experience, learning (and messing up) as I go right in my regular suburban backyard. Catch up here with Week 1 Garden Remodel The garden remodel has...

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Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Week 1 (The past and the future)

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Suburban Hobby Garden 2022: Week 1 (The past and the future)

My love for flowers comes from my love of the garden, and I can't help but share all this wonderful natural goodness with you this gardening season 2022! Week 1 recap of my gardening adventures.

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Homemade Calendula Oil

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Homemade Calendula Oil

My exceptional doula introduced me to the wonders of Calendula Oil for my post C-Section belly, and I have been in love ever since. Calendula is a wildflower with several medicinal properties such as antiseptic, detoxifying, inflamed skin remedy, and even gynecological uses. The dried flower heads can be steeped in a hot tea or infused into an oil for topical use, which is what I did for the first time! I'm looking forward to using this fresh batch of liquid gold on both my skin and my baby's skin since it's even safe and so healing for infants.  While I...

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DIY Year-Round Wreath Featuring the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle

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DIY Year-Round Wreath Featuring the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle

I recently began doing live floral design demonstrations on my Instagram account. Here is a demo I did using the Hydrangea + Peony Floral Bundle available in the shop.  You can watch the video at the link below, or I've written out the step-by-step instructions needed to complete this design. The pretty green hydrangeas contrasted with the eggplant purple peony and dark leafy greenery are a great color combo for year round decorating. This design uses basic wreath making techniques which I outline in my book Elegant Handcrafted Wreaths available now. Happy creating! WATCH THE INSTAGRAM LIVE DEMO HERE Season:...

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