Meet my new friend Rosemarie Rossetti

Rosemarie Rossetti was referred to me by a mutual friend who knew we just had to meet because we speak on the same subject, but from two different angles. We talked for an hour and a half, and only at the end did we realize we are both blessed to be Sicilian! Rosemarie tells an amazing and inspiring story which …

Know Your Limits

I have a friend who told me she would be at a complete loss if she couldn’t garden. As there are no two gardens alike, there are no two gardeners who have the same abilities or disabilities. Each gardener must assess their gardens and their abilities as they are today and as they may become in the foreseeable future. Even …

The Hard Truth about Adapting Garden Hardscapes

While most gardeners focus on the plants in their garden, it’s the non-living, man-made hardscape elements that are most important in a well-thought-out adapted garden—mainly because they are the most expensive aspect to change. Uneven paths can be a tripping hazard, and gaps between flagstones or other surfaces can catch heels or canes, causing falls. If you use a walker …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Haws Watering Cans

In my experience, the only watering can brand to own is Haws. Their cans have been expertly crafted in England since 1886. I have one that’s more than twenty-five years old. It’s scratched and nicked up, but guess what? It still never leaks. As I’ve aged, I’ve found it increasingly helpful that Haws watering cans are perfectly balanced—whether you carry …

Sustainability

Seeking to create a sustainable garden makes perfect sense as we age—it means less labor for you and it leaves something positive for the next generation. Below is a checklist of things you can do to make your garden more sustainable: ·       Go organic. Avoid using pesticides, herbicides, and inorganic fertilizers that pollute our soil and water. If you must …

Right Plant, Right Place

One of the many light bulbs that went off in my head when I became a Master Gardener was the concept of right plant, right place. When I began to speak and write about adaptive gardening, I knew I needed to include it. After all, we strive to save time, money, and energy, right? Using the concept of right plant, …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Hori Hori

There’s nothing quite like a hori hori knife to get the job done. If you don’t own one yet, put it on your list when you go shopping. Every gardener who owns one, loves it. The hori hori knife was created by gardeners in Japan, the word hori means “to dig” in Japanese and hori-hori is the onomatopoeia for the …

Toni’s Tool Tips | When in Doubt, Power Up!

I heard about this energy-saving tool from Master Gardener Rita Bernardi, who is in a pruning guild. After a talk I did for her group, she told me about when she was first learning her new skill. Her hands were hurting terribly, so she purchased a cordless lithium battery powered pruner and a hedge trimmer by Teho. Now she can …

Toni’s Tool Tips | The Hose Knows

Wrestling with heavy hoses is hard enough for a strong gardener, but when you have a bad back or arthritis, using and storing heavy hoses is literally a pain. All my original hoses were the wrong hoses. Maybe it was a function of what was available at the time, but still. I was always wrestling with them when I needed …

Simple How-To Success with Vertical Gardens

1. Fill each cavity halfway with the appropriate potting mix (or cactus mix, if you are planting succulents). 2. Add your plants and more soil, tamping the soil down as you plant. 3. Two or three times a week, tamp the soil down and water them thoroughly. This is where patience comes in handy—before you can hang the planters, they …