What to Plant BEFORE Your Last Frost

Spring seems to be particularly coy this year. Even here in my usually mild area of Virginia – mild due to the fact that I live in the valley – the temperatures have been rather shocking. Last week on Monday, I took pictures of snow! Absolutely crazy. The crazy weather is making the gardener side…

Reclaiming the Side Bed

Last post I was rambling about my plans and hopes for the sunny side bed at the house, despite it being nearly packed with weeds and grass. It’s not impossible to reclaim a long-neglected bed – it may not be entirely pleasant, if you’re in as much of a hurry as I always seem to…

New Year, New House, New Garden

2018 is two months in, and it recently warmed up JUST enough to start my garden senses tingling. Last year, the tomato thief really soured me on the entire garden. I was struggling with a lot of other things in life at the time, and that was just someone ruining one of the few good,…

Tomato Update #1

I am so excited to finally have some tomato progress to show! My first 4 plants (gifts from a neighbor as seedlings) bloomed early and set a handful of fruits…and then nothing for about the last 3 weeks! The early fruit was doing great and they were blooming their little hearts out but then…nothing. I…

Essential Oil Beginnings

Essential oils weren’t really on my radar until the classes I attended at Erin Garvin’s Empower Pilates and Yoga studio. I mean, I knew what they were…kind of…but I didn’t own any and had only a vague idea of what they were used for and how. While I was interested in herbalism, essential oils and…

You Say Tomato…

“Why are you planting tomatoes?” “Umm…to eat?” “You don’t even like tomatoes!” My dear husband, the skeptic of my taste palate. He does have a point though. I do not really care for RAW tomatoes. However, I love tomato sauces, tomato-based soups and stews, ketchup, and pretty much any form of cooked tomato. I love…

Birth of a Gardener

Some of my earliest memories are of helping my mother in her gardening endeavors. Mom is one of those people who not only has a green thumb, she has an entire green HAND. Even when I was in elementary school and we lived in the suburbs with a tiny little yard, we had a garden….

Welcome to the Bent Gardener!

Hi guys! I wanted to create a place where I could write and ramble and share ALL about all my garden and herbalism projects, so here we are. It’s still a work in progress, and since I’m still overseas at the moment obviously I don’t have a garden or even – at the moment –…