Growing Fruit in Containers

These tips for growing fruit in containers can help you to enjoy growing your own fruit not matter how much garden space you have.

Today I’m happy to share with you a guest post from Cindy Keller of MyGardenGifts.com. Cindy will be sharing some tips for growing fruit in containers. Growing fruit in containers is something I’ve never tried before in my own garden, so I was excited to be able to learn more about some of the best tips for using containers to expand your gardening options!

The Versatility of Growing Fruits in Containers

Many gardeners have discovered the joy of growing fruit in containers. You can produce delicious crops in containers that are not only free of chemicals but are both rich in nutrients and absolutely fresh.

Most fruiting plants are also extremely decorative and are grown for the way they look. They adorn well when placed in niches in your garden such as the patio or front door entrances. As an example, apples are often grown in containers for their ornamental virtues as well as for their edible fruits while strawberries are suitable when planted in hanging baskets as well as in multi-holed terracotta pots. Continue Reading

10 Best Herbs for an Indoor Herb Garden

These 10 easy-to-grow herbs are perfect for an indoor herb garden so you can have fresh herbs all year long!

Growing an indoor herb garden is a great way to be able to enjoy having fresh herbs all year long even if you live in a climate with cold winters. Keeping herbs indoors also makes cooking with fresh herbs really convenient because you only need to step over to your windowsill to gather all the fresh herbs you need to flavor your meals.

I love being able to have fragrant green herbs growing inside even when it’s cold and snowy outside, and there’s nothing quite as good as being able to harvest some of my favorite kitchen herbs right from my windowsill. Continue Reading

Decadent Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This decadent chocolate chip pumpkin bread is the perfect blend of spiced pumpkin and rich chocolate with a generous drizzle of sweet chocolate glaze.

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread is one of my absolute favorite autumn recipes to make. Every year I look forward to the “pumpkin spice season” so I can make another batch of this bread.

The pumpkin and coconut oil in this recipe give the bread a really soft and moist texture, and you really can’t go wrong with the pumpkin spice and chocolate chip flavor combination.  Continue Reading

Rustic Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Cider Maple Buttercream

These rustic apple cider cupcakes have warm spices and pieces of apple and they are topped with an apple cider buttercream frosting made with maple syrup

Nothing says fall quite like the combination of apples and spices. These rustic spiced apple cupcakes are a blend of sweet apples and warm spices, and the maple and apple cider buttercream frosting is the perfect complement for them.

Are these cupcakes healthy ones? The answer to that is yes and no. It really depends on how you define healthy. These are homemade cupcakes made with all-natural real food ingredients like butter and eggs and fresh apples, so in that sense they are definitely a much healthier option than a store bought cupcake or something made from a packaged cake mix.  Continue Reading

Old-Fashioned Maple-Sweetened Spiced Applesauce

This maple sweetened spiced applesauce recipe is a simple way to enjoy the flavor of fresh apples, and it's really easy to make!

One of my favorite things to make each fall is a big batch of old-fashioned applesauce. This spiced applesauce recipe is one I love to make because it uses several traditional autumn spices and because it’s sweetened with just enough maple syrup to give a hint of maple flavor.

You can use any type of apples for making this applesauce, but in my opinion, it tastes even better when you use fresh-picked apples from an orchard or a local farm stand. There’s nothing quite like the flavor of apples picked right off the tree!

I used a couple of different apple varietites when I made this recipe, including traditional favorites like Mackintosh and Cortland as well as a few lesser-known heirloom varieties like Golden Russet, Cox’s Orange Pippin, and Wolf River. Continue Reading

4 Ways Your Procrastination Habit Affects Your Health

If you procrastinate a lot, it might be having more of an effect on your health than you realize!

If you’ve ever had the experience of putting something off until later, then you know what it feels like to have that unfinished project hanging over your head. We all know that the results of procrastination are no fun at all, but the thing that we don’t usually think about is the effect that that procrastination might be having on our health.

The effects of procrastination might not seem like such a big deal if you only procrastinate once in a while, but the problem is that, for many of us, procrastination isn’t a once in a while thing – it’s a habit that can affect us on a weekly or even on a daily basis.  Continue Reading

The Real Reason Why You Can’t Stop Procrastinating

If you can't seem to stop procrastinating, you need to figure out the root cause of why you procrastinate in the first place.

Being stuck in a cycle of procrastination is a very frustrating and stressful experience. And, for most of us, it’s not that we’re lazy or that we don’t want to get things done. As much as we really want to be more productive, we just can’t stop procrastinating and we don’t know why.

To try to break out of this cycle, we try strategies that are supposed to “cure” us of our procrastination habit, but when those strategies don’t work, we just end up feeling even more frustrated with ourselves.  Continue Reading

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