Frau Zinnie

Ornamental and edible gardening adventures.

Caring for a houseplant or tending a garden helps me to focus my energy on the task at hand, and there is still plenty to do while the outsi...
I used to never consider November as part of the garden season.  Now I include this month as an extra bonus, and focus on perennial plants f...
Every year I like to play this game called, “Winter isn’t coming yet.”  It’s a game of procrastination. How much can I put off planting unti...
I've always wanted to try putting one of my photos on a pumpkin for Halloween. After reading this tutorial on Serious Eats for how to c...
Keep the pollinators and migrating butterflies in mind when planning next year's garden.  Monarch butterflies in particular need fall-bl...
'Hungarian Magyar' paprika peppers create 4-inch (10.16 cm) crimson-red peppers that can be dried and used as a spice in meals.  Fla...
  The season has definitely flown by, and now it's time to clean up after the party! While I'm only recently accepting that summer h...
  I'm celebrating the first weekend of autumn by teaming up with my publisher Quarto Press (Cool Springs Press) to give away TWO signed ...
Keep harvesting veggies to encourage plants to keep producing until frost. The main thing to keep in mind this month: The gardening s...
Set it, leave it, and walk away. I was intrigued by the Tertill and its claim that it could remove weeds and not the plants I wanted to keep...
  Satsuma plums with nasturtium blossoms. I'm enjoying a prolific year of plums from the front garden, and at last count, I had harveste...
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