Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Gardening is a Learning Experience

As I set forth with my new gardening experience close to the Oregon Coast I quickly realized my plan would need to change. The area I thought was morning sun and afternoon shade, perfect for Corydalis and Heuchera was actually full sun for most of the day! For this area under the stairs, I am… Read More »

Gardening IS an Adventure!

After 26 years of gardening in the Willamette Valley, I have the opportunity to build a new garden close to the Oregon Coast. Two years ago, my husband and I bought a little piece of heaven along the Siletz River just south of Lincoln City, OR. Being close to the ocean (as the crow flies… Read More »

Using Dwarf Conifers in the Landscape

The Barefoot Gardener has donned her rubber boots since old man winter has appeared. And, now that the leaves have fallen and our gardens are mostly bare, it is a great time to begin thinking about making changes in the garden. Winter exposes those holes in the garden that we fill up with annual or… Read More »

Tucking in for a Long Winter Nap

With Thanksgiving come and gone it is time to finish up tucking in your garden for the winter. Here in the Pacific Northwest our temperatures dipped into an early freeze but, now the rains have returned there are a few tasks your garden will benefit from in the coming growing season. Clean up…rake up those… Read More »

Get Planting now for Spring Color!


I think we have all done it, driving around our neighborhoods in the springtime, we admire the beautiful Tulips and Daffodils booming in other peoples yards and wishing, once again, we had been better prepared and planted bulbs ourselves. Well, the window of opportunity to plant spring blooming bulbs has not yet closed, at least… Read More »