It wasn’t long after moving into our new home that my neighbors noticed I have a very green thumb. Soon I was asked questions such as, “What should I plant here that likes the sun? When should I fertilize my palm trees? What’s wrong with my tomatoes? Why are you using a pine straw mulch when the lawn maintenance guy said I should use rocks?
A blog, that eventually grew into this website, was created to answer those questions and yours. On these pages, I share my photos of flowers, trees and shrubs, herbs, and homegrown veggies, as well as my knowledge of gardening, and what I continue to learn about gardening. I plan to enroll in the master gardeners’ classes that are offered here, and will also share those experiences.
My Beliefs About Gardening:
- Gardening is therapeutic.
- Gardening is meditative. When I’m digging in the dirt, I lose all track of time.
- Gardening is a way of living close to the land, as humans were meant to live.
- Organic, home-grown veggies are the best — you know what’s in them, and more importantly, what isn’t.
Some of you may recognize me as Mia-Mia, previously a writer on Squidoo, an online publishing platform that was sold to HubPages. Now on HP, I write about gardening, food, knitting, and many other things. I have always been interested in photography, and it was in taking photos for those online articles that I improved my skills as a photographer, particularly of food and flowers.
I am trained as a public health educator and grant-writer, with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in public health, so I also write about public health issues. I have been gardening for 30+ years and experimenting with recipes almost as long. I am an artist, writer, photographer, knitter, seamstress, wife, mom, and dog lover. This site was my first attempt at blogging. I have added four other websites/blogs: The Grumpy Book Reviewer, Cooking with Bo and Mia, Joy, Grace, Peace, and Down Hibiscus Lane. That last one was started primarily for our friends and family to be able to see what we were doing with our new home, but it, too, is open to anyone.