Frugal Gardening, or How To Avoid $100 Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes – photo by mrsdkrebs

Last summer was a tough year for growing tomatoes here in our Colorado garden. After buying six large tomato plants for the garden and lovingly planting them in soil I had enriched with store-bought compost, a hail storm on June 7 destroyed all the plants – along . . . → Read More: Frugal Gardening, or How To Avoid $100 Tomatoes

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Planting Peas on a Spring Afternoon

“To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?”– Beverley Nichols

Here in Colorado, it’s tricky to know exactly when spring planting season begins. We’ve been known to get snow into late May, but last year we broke a record on . . . → Read More: Planting Peas on a Spring Afternoon

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Book Giveaway – Rocks, Dirt, Worms and Weeds

If you love to garden and are looking for ways to share the joy with the kids in your life, you will love this book! Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds by Jeff Hutton is packed with fun vegetable and flower gardening ideas for kids and adults.

Hutton is a writer and . . . → Read More: Free Book Giveaway – Rocks, Dirt, Worms and Weeds

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero Waste

Photo: Jamie Hansen

“In a recession, people are inclined to keep things, but I feel the opposite. The less I have, the richer I feel. Stuff weighs you down.” ~Béa Johnson

A couple years ago I read the most inspiring article in Sunset Magazine, about the Johnson family in Mill Valley, California. . . . → Read More: Day 25 of the January Money Diet – Go for Zero Waste

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Free Book Giveaway – The City Homesteader

This month I’m giving away a brand-new copy of a terrific book, The City Homesteader. Written by Scott Meyer, this 272-page book has tons of great ideas for people who live in urban areas yet long to be more self sufficient and live more sustainably.

Meyer was formerly on staff at Organic Gardening, . . . → Read More: Free Book Giveaway – The City Homesteader

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Garden Dreaming – Part II

Juddie's garden in Melbourne, Australia

Another view from Juddie's garden

Today, we’re very fortunate to have Juddie from Flightless Boyds in Melbourne, Australia guest posting about gardening. Her blog is one of my favorites; whenever I visit, I feel like I’m on a mini-vacation. The fact that we’re in different . . . → Read More: Garden Dreaming – Part II

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Garden Dreaming – Part I

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Here in Colorado the days are short and the ground is frozen, but that doesn’t stop us from planning and daydreaming about this summer’s garden. In fact, January is the perfect month to gaze out at . . . → Read More: Garden Dreaming – Part I

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.