Seating in the Shade

Have you noticed one of the not so great joys of aging is how susceptible we become to temperatures? It’s because our bodies become less efficient at regulating body heat. When external temperatures rise, like when we’re exposed to direct sunlight or extremely hot environments, so does our internal body temperature. This is why seniors suffer from heat stroke more …

It’s OK to Make Mistakes

It broke my heart to see my beloved fig tree being carried out of my garden. I had made the ultimate gardening mistake: I did not pay attention to the concept of right plant, right place when I purchased my Black Mission fig tree. It was the right plant. My husband and I fell in love with figs in Italy …

Quick and Easy Seasonal Planting Idea

There’s nothing I relish more than saving time and energy. My friend Heidi feels exactly the same way. She loves to have blooming flowers year round (we’re lucky that our mild climate allows this) in certain places and especially in front of the fountain she sculpted years ago. She came up with an idea I think is brilliant that allows …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Tool Sharpeners

When you’re done pruning this winter, don’t forget to clean, sharpen and oil your tools so they’ll be ready come spring. Diamond Tool Sharpeners Are Forever Even if you invest in good tools, you still need to keep them sharpened. The first tool sharpener I ever bought was from a major brand, but it was only four inches long. I …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Prune Your Plants, Not Your Pruner Budget

Winter is the time to prune back overlapping branches from trees and shrubs. A good quality pruner is your #1 most important gardening tool. Experience shows higher quality pruners hold their sharp edges better, so you work less and save energy while making cuts. Do not try to save money on your pruner. Instead buy the best pruner you can …

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

These colors make me so happy. It’s 2019 and pretty cold here in Northern California today so I’m on my Pinterest page looking for inspirations for a new flower bed come spring. I’m playing with color in a way I haven’t before. Here’s a link to my inspiration board on Pinterest if you want to see what I’m doing. I’ve …

It’s a New Year!

Let’s get to it! It’s a New Year and the perfect time to do something new, try something you’ve never tried before and expand in new directions.   I find that the most important thing when I’m “feeling stuck” in the old or “completely overwhelmed” with all the opportunities I’m facing is not making the “correct” move from my mind, …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Reversible Kneeler Seat

I love this Reversible Kneeler Seat, as does anybody who owns one. Why? Because it’s strong enough to help me get up when I’m kneeling and when I turn it over, it makes for a handy seat next to my containers, when I’m planting, tending, and harvesting.

Toni’s Tool Tips |Tractor Scoot with a Bucket Basket

Do you have a tendency to bend over more than your body wants you to? Why not consider buying a mobile garden stool to help you move easily around the yard? I often fantasize about having a larger garden to grow everything I want to grow, and then I think about maintaining it and I am suddenly awake again! If …

Toni’s Tool Tips | Puddle Proof Tote Bag

For years, I’ve been looking for the perfect tote bag and I finally found it! As a Master Gardener, we volunteer for work days at our projects and I love having a tote for my tools, gloves, water bottle, keys, and phone. This Puddle Proof Tote Bag is large enough to carry all that plus it’s deep enough to carry …