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10 New Year’s Resolutions for the Gardener and Landscape Designer

Very good post. I’m passing this along to my Garden Club today at our meeting. Thanks!

California School of Garden Design


Here is a list of the top 10 things we’d love everyone to do (or not do) in 2012 and the years ahead.  Read through our list and even if you can only try one of these New Year’s Resolutions, make 2012 the year you try something new.  And do pass this along to your associates in the landscaping industry – from little acorns mighty trees do grow!  We wish everyone a happy, prosperous year.

Use more NativesResolve to include more native plants of the area in your designs, or if you are a homeowner looking for plants to include in your garden, resolve to go native!  Natives require less water and care, are hardy, and often offer a food source for wild birds and animals.

Reduce (better still, Eliminate) Herbicide/Pesticide Use  Resolve to look for more natural alternatives to RoundUp and other chemical pesticides.  Chemical pesticides…

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Re-purposing Antiques. Time For a Field Trip!

One of my favorite things to do is to seek out the old and repurpose it into the new. Last week, my friend Cris of  Cris Angsten Interiors, came down to Atlanta to join me on an antiquing field trip.  Our first stop was at Kudzu Antiques in Decatur. This is truly one of my favorite places to shop for antiques and oddities. For the most part, if you want it, you’ll find it there. Our trip here was dual purpose.  She, of course, in it to find a new place to shop for design elements and I, to find goodies to reuse in different ways. What a fun day it was.  There were tons of possibilities for the both of us. I have complied a gallery of my finds, a couple of which you might see on her page as well. Click on any of the photographs below to begin a slideshow!

The second part of the trip was to a place that I’ve seen and been dying to go.  Who can turn an opportunity down to go to a place with a name like Desperate Housewares? Very clever. There is quite a variety of things in this store.  Furniture, rugs, glassware, artwork, and other eclectic items.  There is definitely a heavy influence of mid century to 80’s in this place.  This trip, I didn’t see anything I couldn’t live without, but it would be worth a trip back on occasion or a call to see if they had something specific.

So very 70's. I felt like I was at the Ropers' condo on Three's Company.

Here’s all the store info:

Kudzu Antiques
2928 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030-2216
Hours: 11am-7pm EST, 7 Days A Week
404-373-6498 If you have to leave a message, don’t worry. They are prompt in returning calls!
Desperate Housewares
Wednesday to Friday: 12:00 to 6:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
241 Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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As the gardens are producing their final batches of fruits and vegetables, everyone is enjoying the benefits of their love and hard work that has been put in all summer. I am certainly no exception to this rule. However, I am celebrating the fruit of others’ labor this year. Not having a garden of my own here in the city, I’m lucky enough to get some good veggies elsewhere. I worked at the Brookhaven Farmers Market a couple of weekends ago. Andrew, from Noring Farms in Covington, had some beautiful heirloom peppers. The colors were so gorgeous- a light lime green, deep purple, and a soft, light yellow. I bought three pounds.

A few days later, I went home to Summerville to see my parents and spend some time at the property. After visiting with my neighbor, Mr. Evans, I came home with an abundance of peppers- bells, jabaneros, and cayennes. So, at that point, I had a huge amount of peppers and had to figure out what to do with them.

I started with a batch of pepper jelly. The color was a glassy light green and so pretty. Bad news- it didn’t set. Re-cooked it and still no luck. 0 for 1 and batch thrown out. The next decision was to make a pepper and onion relish. Vidalias are peaking right now and I figured I couldn’t go wrong. After chopping veggies for 2 solid hours, I was on a roll.


Veggies in! Off I go!

Through this process, I decided it was time to buy another canning pot. This amount of peppers was almost too much for my standard pot to handle.


This was the first time that I had made a pepper-onion relish. It turned out nicely. I would have liked a little more heat, but wanted to stick to the original recipe to start with. The colors are good, the texture still has a bit of a crunch and the flavor is mild. I can’t wait to try it over a dog with some fresh buns from Bakeshop.

Noring Farms 200 Glass Springs Rd Covington, GA 30014


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Big Daddy Biscuits

Last week, I went by Bakeshop to see my friend Jonathan. He wasn’t there, but as fate would have it, I met a pretty cool girl. Lauren Janis, owner and baker of Big Daddy Buiscuits was there working away on some organic doggie mints. Yes, I said mints. They will freshen your dog’s breath with mint, parsley, and activated charcoal. They smelled delicious.

Lauren pinching the mints by hand before they go into the oven.

Lauren makes all kinds of dog treats, all by hand and all with love. Inspired by her resuced dog, Big Daddy, she made a buisiness out of her love for him and other animals. I admire what she’s doing. Her work isn’t just about making money. It’s about animal care, sustaining the environment and supporting other local producers. All of her products are made with organic ingredients and she recycles her containers. Johnston Milk comes from Newborn, GA. Eggs come from Little Red Hen Farm in Concord, GA and her activated charcoal was bought at Sevananda Market in Little Five Points.

Big Daddy Biscuits on display at Bakeshop

I like what she’s doing and wanted to share. Check out Big Daddy Biscuits for yourself and look for her all around the Atlanta area. Her locations and schedule are listed on her site.


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