All Things Andrea

All Things Andrea

Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's Planting Time...

... at least for starting seeds indoors!

Thanks, George Weigel, for inspiring me this year!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pennsylvania Garden Expo

I had a great time at the Pennsylvania Garden Expo in Harrisburg this afternoon.  It was a last minute whim, and I'm so glad I went.  The highlight for me was Matthew Benson's presentation on how to photograph your garden.  He was fabulous!  I had no idea he was so well-known, or I would have made sure I had gotten my picture taken with him; there were very few people present, so it would have been an option!  :{ 

I did, however, get an autographed book plate from him to insert in my copy of his new book The Photographic Garden when it comes out in a few weeks.  :)  It wasn't until I got home and looked up his work online that I realized that I have admired his photos in numerous publications (Organic Gardening, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living magazines, etc.) for years.  He has a wonderful eye and sense for lighting.  Since he's a gardener himself (he actually owns and operates a CSA farm), he has a great love and respect for his subject material.  And, he has wonderful pictures of his chickens.  :)

I also attended a lecture on seed-starting by George Weigel, garden columnist for the Patriot News.  I wasn't going to start any seeds indoors this year - figured it wasn't realistic since my time is limited now that I'm working full time again.  But, George's lecture inspired me, and I promptly got my butt in gear and planted my early veggies.  I wish I had heard his lecture last year before my first attempts at seed-starting - would have saved me from making a few mistakes!  I appreciated his no-nonsense, economical approach.  He has a nice little write up on his website that is very helpful.

Happy gardening!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Today's Thrift Shop Find

Love these vintage trays...

... especially when they're a steal at the local thrift shop!

Friday, February 17, 2012

In Defense of Food

"Just eat food."
- Joan Gussow, as quoted by Michael Pollan