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“Re-Magic Your Piece of Earth!”

Hi! I’m Katrina. I am a landscape designer in central Kentucky, zone 6b.

This blog is here to help you create a garden you love – and so you can learn how to create a garden that influences the environment in a positive way, instead of a negative one.

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This page consists of useful links you will find for sustainable and ecological gardening. If any of these links are broken, please email me. If you have suggestions for useful links you may email them to me and I will consider adding them to this page. This page will be updated over time.Continue reading “Resource Links”

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When is Spring?

Today is the first day of March. To some, today is the first day of spring! There isn’t a one-and-only true way to mark the beginning of spring. It depends on who you ask. For meteorologists, the first day of spring is on March 1st. This is because it is based on climate patterns. TheContinue reading “When is Spring?”

Toxic Dyed Mulch

Dyed mulches seem to be a common material used among homeowners and commercial landscapes today. Unfortunately, dyed mulches in black, red, and even brown is what is most available for purchase at big box stores, gas stations, and sometimes local nurseries. It can be more difficult to find mulch that has not been dyed, butContinue reading “Toxic Dyed Mulch”

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Recipe: Mashed Cauliflower

Why would you ever want to make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes? Mashed potatoes are great, but lately I’ve been making mashed cauliflower, and it’s great too! Mashed cauliflower… Is easy and quick to make Has a lower glycemic index, which means it doesn’t spike blood sugar as high. Potatoes have a very highContinue reading “Recipe: Mashed Cauliflower”

Growing Strawberries

In years past, I haven’t had too much luck growing strawberries. I’ve tried growing them in containers this year and have had a lot better luck. Strawberry plants grow great in the ground, but when I did this I didn’t get any strawberries! I realize now it was because the chipmunks were eating them all.Continue reading “Growing Strawberries”

The Potager: Kitchen Gardens

A kitchen garden is a space to grow food with herbs and edible and non-edible flowers mixed in. In France, a kitchen garden is called a ‘potager’

Book Review: Gardenista

Gardenista, written by Michelle Slatalla. Published 2016 by Artisan. Gardenista is a catchy name. This self titled book is a physical publication written by the editors of the Gardenista blog, a website all about stylish outdoor spaces. It is a sister site to Remodelista, which has a physical book too. This photo centric hardback bookContinue reading “Book Review: Gardenista”

Book Review: Terrain

“Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden”. Edited by Greg Lehmkuhl and the gardeners of TERRAIN Terrain is a beautiful book. Aptly named, it’s named after a garden nursery located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Terrain nursery took root in 2008, but its location is at a historical nursery once called Styer’s, whichContinue reading “Book Review: Terrain”

Book Review: Garden Design by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus

Garden Design by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus, is a substantial book that qualifies as a coffee table book. The cover caught my eye with its colors and a close up shot of Joe Pye, one of my favorite native plants! There are six chapters in the book, and each one breaks down garden designContinue reading “Book Review: Garden Design by Heidi Howcroft & Marianne Majerus”

Five Spotted Hawkmoth

Every evening as the last rays of sun dwindle down in the sky, I look out from my back patio door. What I see visiting my nicotiana’s every night, looks like a hummingbird, but it’s actually a moth! Every day at about dusk, a Five Spotted Hawkmoth visits the nicotiana by my back patio. ItContinue reading “Five Spotted Hawkmoth”

National Honey Bee Day

Today is national Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are not native to the America’s, but they provide a great resource to us; honey, propolis, beeswax, and royal jelly. They also help pollinate food and flowers! In my garden, I don’t see honey bees too often. However, this is the first year I’ve had mountain mintContinue reading “National Honey Bee Day”

Native Asters

It’s getting to the time of the year here in Central Kentucky where many summer perennials are dwindling. The purple coneflowers and blazing stars are nearly done flowering in my yard. However, I know there is still some perennial color yet to look forward to, as the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop.Continue reading “Native Asters”

March Garden Chores

Weather in March can be quite unpredictable! It’s like going on vacation as a kid and asking, “Are we there yet?!” For gardening in March, you want to be nimble and quick for certain tasks, but patient with others. Don’t be fooled by abnormal warm days. Start too soon, and work/expense may be lost dueContinue reading “March Garden Chores”

Witch hazel

On the list of winter flowering shrubs, is witch-hazel (Hamamelis sp.). In the US we have two native witch hazels, Hamamelis virginiana and Hamamelis vernalis. Virginiana starts flowering in October to November. Vernalis flowers later starting in December. Vernalis also holds onto its leaves. My witch hazel shown in the photo is vernalis. This photo was takenContinue reading “Witch hazel”

DIY Foaming Handsoap

I use natural soaps and cleaning supplies around my house, but many pre-made natural soaps can be costly. Some of these I’ve seen are $5 and $7 a bottle or more.  Some also claim to be ‘green’ while still containing harmful ingredients. The best part is when you can easily make your own natural productsContinue reading “DIY Foaming Handsoap”

Plant By Numbers Project & Art Exhibit

This summer LFUCG released the ‘Plant By Numbers’ program for citizens who want beautiful, pollinator friendly garden along a stream bank. There are 12 gardens to choose from and are divided by sunlight requirements, garden dimensions, and color palettes. They all feature native plants which are better suited for the environment, stabilize banks with theirContinue reading “Plant By Numbers Project & Art Exhibit”

Redbud Lemonade

The redbud (Cercis canadensis) is a native tree to Kentucky and it’s a common flowering tree found in urban landscapes too. Likely you may have one in your own yard! Bees love the flowers, and did you know the flowers are edible too? The redbud is in the pea family, which you may recognize aContinue reading “Redbud Lemonade”

Book Review: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

‘The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate’ by Peter Wohlleben This book has been a top seller on many book lists, including the New York Times. It’s wonderful this type of book is that popular! The book presents scientific research and observations by Wohlleben himself of trees and forests. His observations areContinue reading “Book Review: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben”

Violet Jelly

I get questions all the time on how to get rid of common blue violets (viola sororia) in the lawn. I know they are very pervasive and disturbing in a lawn, but they do have a variety of purposes for wildlife and humans! The flowers are edible and can be candied for decorations on cakes TheContinue reading “Violet Jelly”

Freezing Onions

I love growing onions, a homegrown onion is a lot fresher than store bought ones. Once cured, onions can last quite a while in a dark, cool pantry. I use onions quite a bit in cooking and as fresh, but I often find some will begin to sprout or rot before I can get toContinue reading “Freezing Onions”

Herbal Fall Harvest

I like to call herbs ‘domesticated plants’ because they’ll flourish when we give them regular attention. They want to be harvested! Pruning them back at least once a year will keep them maintained and encourage good looking fresh foliage. You know how mint and lemon balm get pretty crazy in the garden? I’m ok withContinue reading “Herbal Fall Harvest”

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I love Halloween decorations and costumes- creativity has no limits when it comes to Halloween. Find some Halloween inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Bulb Planting Season

It’s a month into fall and that means there’s one last chance to get spring bulbs planted in Kentucky! November is nearing and so are chances of frost, so we have a couple of weeks left to get bulbs in the ground. This year for my own garden I picked out some snowdrops and aContinue reading “Bulb Planting Season”

Kentucky Heirloom Green Beans & Tomatoes: Berea Sustainable Agriculture Center

I love growing green beans; they produce a lot of food in a small space. If you don’t have a vegetable garden, they’re easy to grow even in an ornamental garden bed on a nice looking trellis, and it’s unlikely anyone would even realize you’re growing food. By growing your own beans, you’ll be gettingContinue reading “Kentucky Heirloom Green Beans & Tomatoes: Berea Sustainable Agriculture Center”

How Fresh Are Those Eggs?

Fresh food usually equals better taste and better nutrition. The word ‘fresh’ shows up a lot when advertising produce, eggs, and meat. But, how fresh is all that food? Today we’ll look at how ‘fresh’ supermarket eggs can really be. When it comes to supermarket eggs, there are two time frames determining its freshness on the shelf.Continue reading “How Fresh Are Those Eggs?”

No Compost Heap? Easy Composting with Coffee Grounds & Eggshells

If you’ve thought about composting, but have been apprehensive to try it, there a couple of very easy ways to improve your soil (for free!) without having a compost heap. (Although composting is very easy, easier than dealing with stinky trash!) These easy things simply begin with two magic things… Eggshells Coffee & Tea Grounds These twoContinue reading “No Compost Heap? Easy Composting with Coffee Grounds & Eggshells”

Valentines Garden & Porch

Valentine decorating doesn’t have to be cheesy, it can be quite classy and cute! Spread love around your garden and front porch this year with some of these cute ideas on my Pinterest board.

Birding with Cats

Have outdoor cats, but love birding? You and I are in the same boat. Sylvester the cat and Tweety the bird aren’t just a cliche in the animal world. Cats can kill between 1.4- 3.7 Billion birds annually in the continental US This number tells us that bird deaths due to cats is a serious issue.Continue reading “Birding with Cats”

Happy New Year

We hope that you have a great new year going from 2016 to 2017. I think this was a whirlwind of a year for a lot of people and our world. We can simply appreciate all that 2016 gave and showed us, and make positive goals and plan for growth in 2017. To appreciate 2016Continue reading “Happy New Year”

Red Pepper Jelly

Have you ever had sweet red pepper jelly? If you have, you may know that it’s a southern thing! It can be odd to think that you can make jelly out of a pepper, but trust me, it is delicious! Whether you grow lots of red sweet peppers and want to preserve them, or ifContinue reading “Red Pepper Jelly”

Is Mosquito Spraying Affecting our Pollinators?

The following article was written for Wild Ones Lexington newsletter September 2016 We seem to be seeing an increasing amount of advertising for mosquito spraying services in our area. We are also noticing lower numbers of pollinators, especially butterflies. While populations of our pollinators are suffering due to many factors, could the chemicals used to killContinue reading “Is Mosquito Spraying Affecting our Pollinators?”

The Robber Fly

Once you start planting a garden, you start witnessing fun things, especially when you plant native plants, edible plants, and pollinator loving annuals (all without pesticides on them of course!). As I was looking at the flowers on my hanging basket, I saw this guy fly up and land. Its giant green eyes were nearlyContinue reading “The Robber Fly”

The Bad Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush is a flowering shrub lots of people think of when they think of creating a butterfly garden. I admit, their flowers are pretty! They do attract butterflies! But… There are a lot more beneficial plants you can use in a butterfly garden than a butterfly bush. Butterfly Bush is not a native plant,Continue reading “The Bad Butterfly Bush”

A Flourishing Spring

Spring has been great in the Bluegrass this year! Although it’s been raining a lot lately, we’ve had great temperatures and plants are flourishing even better than normal this year. How does this happen? There are probably several factors that has made this spring vibrant Spring arrived about 6 weeks early this year, so warmer temperatures earlier, whichContinue reading “A Flourishing Spring”

What Is a Host Plant?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about pollinators and native plants, which is awesome! Awareness in anything is the first step in creating change to those things which no longer serve us. Our pollinators are very important to our ecosystem, they’re the building block to our food chain and pollinate our food and flowers! AContinue reading “What Is a Host Plant?”

A Kitchen Update Part 1

Over a year ago I had an idea to make an industrial pipe table, sorta like the one below I saw from Anythingology. I thought it would help in the kitchen to have more workspace and storage. But as much as people say making one saved them a lot of money cause it’s so DIY, it’sContinue reading “A Kitchen Update Part 1”

Wintergold Mugo Pine

If you’re looking for some winter interest in your yard, evergreens are a great way to do so. It can be hard to find unique evergreens however! You can find unique evergreens at our local nurseries, but they often go fast and they are limited in quantity. Habit One of these evergreens is the MugoContinue reading “Wintergold Mugo Pine”

Butterflies During Wintertime

We almost forget about our colorful friends of summer as we’re lured inside by our furnaces and fireplaces. Where do butterflies go during wintertime? They are still in our gardens! Most of our butterflies hibernate in our gardens throughout winter. They are just hiding out very well. There are some species that do migrate to warmerContinue reading “Butterflies During Wintertime”

Frosty December Mornings

One reason of several I love leaving perennials standing during the wintertime is because of the interest they create, especially during frost and snow! The heavy frosts we’ve had in early December created really neat effects in the garden!


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