Tag Archives: Gardening

I live in the city.I am a farmer at heart.I must garden.I have no earth.What-to-do-What-to-do?Why, import soil, build boxes, put legs on them, roll them around, fill them with plants, spray them for pests, feed them for health, pick them for lunch, and love them to death. Literally… They will be sacrificed.  Elevated trugs made of […]


  • Mari Collier - Congratulations. The plants look great. I’ve discovered that no matter how high the container the rabbits and certain ground rodents can still access the greens. If they don’t get the fruit, the birds will. I’m not fighting it anymore. Of course, I don’t live on concrete, I live on sand.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Living on sand is as challenging as concrete- but whatever we gardeners can overcome just makes us stronger Mari! I fight with hornworms on a daily basis. Eeeegads. they’re awful slimy pests. And no ground rodents here as we have three fuzzy butts that stand guard. I mean the cats.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Great post, urban farmer. Delectable photos, too!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I never thought I’d be an URBAN gardener but there you go! One of life’s funny little twists. I only hope there aren’t too many more twists around the corner. HahahahaReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - That is a great looking garden. I’m jealous!ReplyCancel

  • afterthekidsleave.com - Glorious! What a great idea! We actually do have a garden, but I can’t get to it at the moment because we’re in the middle of a construction project. Soon….

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Ah yes- been there- done that. I hope you share some of those construction projects with us- and a large gorgeous garden- eventually. Good luck with all of it. If your experience is anything like one of mine have been- you’ll need it. LOLReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - Ooo, I love your ingeniousness! I have a terribly neglect yard…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I found those trugs on-line at Gardeners Supply Co. I think I linked it? But I’ll take what ever credit anyone will throw my way. Thanks for stopping by Nat!ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - That is so cool! I had a great garden in North Dakota but had to move. I’ve attempted to start 2 gardens this year here in Arizona and the wildlife is against me. The first were the rabbits, so I put fencing around it. Then the birds dropped by to eat all the seeds. *sigh* So much for fresh cucs, peppers, lettuce, and beans. πŸ™ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - wow…you have 2 green thumbs, girl πŸ™‚

    Awesome creation!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Nice! We have the opposite problem. We live in the middle of the woods. A small clearing to grow things in the yard, but the woodland creatures promptly eat everything.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It’s always something isn’t it? Too much. Too little. Sometimes ya just gotta go for it girl! And add a fence! Hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - What the heck! I am jealous. We just recently planted the tomatoes. I am shocked at your growth already, but then I realize you live in the south. All the plants are so healthy too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Love your reply- I can hear you voice (i love that). Yes, we are in a southern clime and I am gifted with the green thumbs- and toes. Your jealousy is accepted with pleasure. xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Oh I can’t wait to eat cucumbers right off the vine. So yummy!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I love fresh just picked cuc’s! Tossed with a little balsamic vinegar and seal salt/pepper… OMG! Have a great weekend Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Molley Mills - Nice job! I have strawberries and herbs and some pretty pansies πŸ™‚ does that count?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yes. EVERYTHING counts!!!! I love strawberries and herbs- I grow both and sometimes even flavor freshly sliced strawberries with mint and ice cream! Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • mikerobbers - Excellent idea and the outcome looks just perfect. Yes, there are times that I feel exactly the way you describe in your first sentences of your post. Enjoy your fresh, organic veggies!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It really is a good idea- especially for us city folk. But it’s not original (darn it I’d be rich) I found these on-line (link on word ‘trugs’) and they ARE fabulous. Thanks for stopping by Mike! HAve a great holiday!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That’s going to keep you busy all summer!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - Busy eating my friend. Busy eating.ReplyCancel

     I love color. Who doesn’t?     My entire Kingdom is full-up with color. In fact, I insist on it- for all the Castle parties, boat rides with the swans, and tables laid groaning from fresh plucked abundance.      But I have always been adverse to the color purple.     It makes my skin crawl (like […]


  • The Desert Rocks - Oh dear that Iris took my breath away!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - A purple house of course. Purple is not a favorite color for me either. But, when it comes to flowers, purple leads the parade.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - LOVE purple – not so much for my house – but it’s such a vibrant color!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hi Ellen! The house is a bit much. A no go for me. It’s vibrant but makes my stomach twist, so why do I have so much of it in the garden? Because NATURE loves purple! Thanks for stopping by and it’s So nice to meet you.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - Uh oh, purple is my favorite color…;)ReplyCancel

  • clark - “…all in my brain.”

    lol fun postReplyCancel

  • Tamara Woods - Purple is one of my favorite colors. I’m wearing purple right now. I think you captured it beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • clark - There are few colors farther away from the persona I project to the world than purple, so naturally I gravitated to this Post on your front page. At present I am into the challenge of doing the things that are *not* natural for me. Fun. (This is not to say that I am trying to, say, force myself to wear something purple! Anyone can force themselves into change…at least on a temporary basis. I am experimenting with the idea of altering how I relate to something so that I would, somehow, naturally wear purple (for an example).
    Fun Post.


  • Cheryl Nicholl - Well said Clark. Wish I had… said it.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Purple in a flower is okay…

    I remember going to my grandparents every week or every other week in the town where they had settled. There was a purple house along the way. I have no idea if it’s still there… or if someone came in and repainted.ReplyCancel

  • deeprooted - Your pictures are so very beautiful! Though I really like purple…though in small doses πŸ™‚ We had this woman in my Paris neighbourhood who dressed all (!) in purple each and every day, for years!! Can you imagine…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yes I can. We have many purple people here in New Orleans. And my pic’s might be OK- but they are NOT your quality- yet!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - I don’t wear purple either but the flower photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Molley Mills - purple is my all time favourite colour….Sorry. Those flowers are spectacular .. Thanks for hooking up tot he Hump Day Hook UpReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The pleasure was all mine Molley! And even though I’m not a fan of PURPLE the flowers really ARE beautiful!ReplyCancel

        Oh, I love Whole Foods.     Yes, it’s a bit pricey, and trendy, and hipster, but where else can you buy organic fruit (of which 5 cents per pound will go towards feeding a family of eighteen in Tanzania, or Texarkana, depending on your hemisphere, for a week- and their goat), find […]


  • Sue - The chalkboard makes me want it. I just would never have thought of this on my own. Thanks for showing me what’s possible.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It really is clever, isn’t it? I’d love to see someone, other then a Whole Foods Display Artist set one up- and photograph. Sue- I’m talking to you girl.ReplyCancel

    • Sue - Here in Illinois when a portion of the new Superman movie (Man of Steel) was being filmed in the area, one of the stars, Russell Crowe was quite often seen at Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Of course he was. It’s where all of us Hollywood types shop.ReplyCancel

  • kblakecash - I am less than trusting of Whole Foods, ever since they were shown marketing produce as organically grown when it was not. My second wife was a master at knowing where to find what, her shopping trip would involve several markets, so I do the same with Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I suppose it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to be accurately displayed, or advertised, at all times, but over all, I think they do a pretty straight forward job. Do you remember when Walmart used to advertise MADE IN AMERICA ? Now THAT was a lie.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Woods - I’ve never gone to a Whole Food before? Does this make me some type of genetic freak?ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - i Ma obsessed with these! I plan on making one or two of these along with a few succulent vertical gardens this summer! fun fun, i missed your blogs but im back!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I think these would be FABU on your terrace! And I’m glad you’re up and running again xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - also! i fixed my botton so that its not a giant any more!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Paige - I am obsessed with these! I plan on making one or two of these and one or two succulent vertical gardens to cover the ugly salmon color of the walls on the porch this summer!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - We’re getting a Whole Food in our area sometime next year. Due to the location- part of a giveaway the city handed over to a pack of developers- I’m not looking forward to it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - William they’re really pleasant. The produce it excellent and the people are well trained and polite. It’s a bit expensive but give it a chance- you might be surprised- and we could all use a surprise or two- no?ReplyCancel

     Living in New Orleans, I have become intimate with a multitude of new experiences.     A far-a-way trumpet arcing over the din of cars, and the perfume of a Confederate Jasmine mingling with the aroma of freshly flamed Oysters Rockefeller are a daily occurrence.     No one thinks twice about spontaneously breaking out […]


I have gardened many plots of dirt in my life:      ~ outside the kitchen of my childhood home without much success because aside from designating the spot, my parents had very little interest in my interest.     ~ off the edge of an apartment balcony in the stifling window boxes of a controlling boyfriend.  […]


  • Krisztina Williams - Lovely post, and gorgeous flowers! I’m unfortunately a notorious plant killer despite my best efforts.ReplyCancel

  • katia - This is one talent that I really envy.I would love to learn how to be a better gardener (“better” is a bit of misrepresentation, since I don’t do any gardening whatsoever). I love plants in my home but sadly they don’t last. It looks like gardening and flowers are more than just that for you, like they are intertwined with some important milestones in your life and it’s so interesting to me, because I have songs and even clothes that are connected to certain events in my life. You have plants and flowers and it’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Beautiful flowers!

    So, the War of Northern Aggression, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger - Wow–your title got me! Loved this!ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Breath is life. Very nice and the daffodils and iris photos are amazing. I love hibiscus too but we have those out here in the desert. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

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