BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT!

UPS sent me an email they left a package on my doorstep. I wasn’t expecting anything from Amazon, so I decided to check it out. I saw the return address was from Timber Press, my publisher. It took my breath away! Oh my God, it must be… yes, it’s the advance copy of my book! I screamed for Tim to …

When Should You Start Thinking About Adaptive Gardening?

Now! Start where you are. Think about what hurts you when you garden. Decide what chores have become increasingly difficult to do. Then take a hard look at your garden and plan for whatever the future may hold. Let’s face it, we are living in a stressful and complicated world. All the more reason to take time to get down …

The Top 10 Adaptive Gardening Rules to Live By

1. Our bodies change. That’s life. When we realize we have limitations that stop us from doing what we want to do, we have to learn to “accept what is” first. Then, and only then, can we develop resiliency by looking for other ways to get it done. 2. You deserve a safe and comfortable garden to work in. 3. …

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 …