After gardening for many years, it was time to write.
That was more than a decade ago, when I decided to share as much of my accumulated garden experience with those coming after me, or with fellow enthusiasts. A small section of a personal website turned into the many pages and photos on my sites and social media.
On this post you can find:
- Garden articles I’ve written for Hubpages
- My garden websites (blog, review center, and informational site)
- Some writing insights from many years writing for the web.
While most of the articles are still found on Hubpages, many were moved due to changes there and have been included in my garden sites.
Tips On How You Can Write Your Own Pages
Since gardening is the hobby which I have spent the most time on, it is not surprising that I have a growing set of articles centered on the topic.
In both writing about it and spending lots of years in the actual pursuit of it I have dedicated time and effort into learning the skills. Some of my writing has served as a journal to record my research on plants, the successes -and failures- of planting them in the Ohio garden I tend.
For those who enjoy reading on the wide-ranging topics found in the garden, I present them to you and hope you like them.
Gardening is one of those hobbies where there is just so much to know, so this set of hubs is an ever expanding index. Learning to garden is truly a lifelong adventure.
Here is my collection of gardening articles.
- How Did I Live Without A Leaf Vacuum?
I love trees and my yard has lots of them. But when autumn comes, all that leaf litter needs something besides me to do the clean-up job. I have an opinion on which leaf vacuum is best.
- Keep An Important Record Of Your Garden With Journal…
A great idea for adding value to your home, budget landscaping, and keep track of your plantings and produce from the garden.
- National Seed Swap Day
Gardener’s have traditionally loved to trade with each other: tips ad advice, seeds and plants, even tools of the trade. It is no surprise that as the seed supplies available from seed companies have been shrinking, that grassroots gardeners have…
- Garden Tools for Beginners
Just starting out as a new homeowner? Get the garden tools you need. Tips on what tools a newbie gardener should buy.
Gardener’s Choice – Best Garden Books For Your Home Library
There are times when a good, well illustrated, gardening book is just what you need to create a new garden area, improve your landscape, or figure out where to plant that new plant you couldn’t resist at the neighborhood garden center. If you don’t already own these books, consider building your home reference library with these books that have proven tried, true, and on my short list for top garden picks.
This book is one that you will constantly reference. It is the only book that I think every gardener should own. Maybe because this is how I garden!
Taking her clear and personable style of writing and her expertise to tell everything about taking care of your perennials, Tracy DiSabato-Aust creates truly useful garden books.
I don’t have as many reviews on the Hubpages site, having moved them to The Garden Librarian:
- The All Time Best Weeder
In all my years of gardening I have never loved a tool as much as my Cape Cod Weeder.
- Handy Garden Snips
Surprised at the usefulness of this inexpensive little tool, I wrote a glowing review that describes the many things they are useful for.
- Flexable Watering Hose
I started out loving this one, but had some problems that I reported in anupdate to the review.
- Gardener’s Gift List
An older list I made, but still useful for a wide range of gifting ideas, from free to some Amazon selections, etc.
- Flowers of Giverny, Flowers that Monet Grew
Monet’s Giverny is one of the most famous cottage gardens filled with scenes created by the Master. Here are his flowers, so you can make your own masterpiece garden.
- Dirt Cheap Garden Ideas
There are many ways to save money, learn a few tips about being a frugal gardener.
- A Quaint Cottage Garden Isn’t For Everybody
A cottage style garden is not for everyone. Find out whether this charming style is for you, whether to modify it, or forego it altogether.
- Cottage Garden Accessories
You have the flower beds and a bevy of abundant flowering plants, but have you thought how much the right garden accessories and ornaments could add to the atmosphere of your Cottage garden?
The Flowers That Get Planted
- A Tussie Mussie Fragrant Flower Bouquet
A short history and how-to lesson on the fragrant tussie-mussies and how these little bouquets may be used today.
- Perennial Tulips, Lasting Beauty In Your Garden
Tired of your tulips running out on you?
- Why Plant Bulbs?
- Specie Tulips, Little Darlings Of The Tulip Family
Small and dainty for the most part, they have a charm all their own. Discover the early bloom of the wild tulips.
Tips On Planting Your Crocus Bulbs
My writing caused me to branch out into video
The development of the internet has made most garden writers stretch themselves from learning to format a post to becoming a photographer, and then becoming someone who wears many hats- including videographer! As you can see on this page, it also can include being a book and product reviewer. All that may be work, but it is fun, as well. My biggest complaint is that I can’t write and garden at the same time.
Everything to know about how to design your own landscape, this book is not just for beginners, but is easily understandable enough for a beginning gardener.
I Am Planting Bulbs Again
- A Gorgeous Garden With Spring Flowering Bulbs, In 3 Steps
When do you plant bulbs for a Spring garden show? In the Autumn! It is easy to have the most gorgeous flowers imaginable just by popping in Dutch grown bulbs. I’ll show you how.
- Create A Child’s Garden, Grow Love for Nature
Children love to be outdoors and explore. Give them the gift of a lifetime of the joy of gardening. Tips on introducing them to the great lessons and fun that are to be found in the garden.
- Gorgeous All Season Color in Your Garden
Everyone thinks of spring and summer for color in the garden… but who plans their fall garden for bursts of color? And most of us decide that we need flowers to brighten up the garden views, but who puts colorful foliage plants first on their…
- 10 Best Perennial Plants For Anyone’s Garden
These top 10 perennials are among the best, most colorful, perennial garden plants. They grow in a wide range of conditions and have proven reliable for generations of gardeners.
Somehow I manage to insert flowers in wherever I can. For those hubs about flowers in some way, but not about gardens or how to plant successfully…. see these links listed below.
- Hawaiian Flower Arrangements
Are you familiar with the colorful, often fragrant world of tropical blossoms? Have you seen Bird of Paradise blooms outside your window, or plucked a Plumeria blossom from a tree for tucking beside your ear?
- Free Flower And Garden Photos
There are different ways to show appreciation. It is sometimes a challenge to find good free photos online, and in appreciation for my fellow squids I wanted to share photos that I have taken, that are ready for a website (low resolution), that…
- Best Wedding Flowers For Every Month
Every month has its seasonal flowers. To obtain the freshest, most beautiful, available, and affordable flowers, it helps to know what is in season for your bridal month. Flowers are probably one of the more costly wedding purchases, not as much as..
When I was on Squidoo one of my garden lenses won the LOTD award. It was like getting the blue ribbon at the fair, and it was so much fun. See The Gardens of Ohio, and find out more about gardens to visit in Ohio.
Love of a garden grows into Hubbing
You might want to know how to grow a particular plant, or perhaps you are trying to decide what style you want your garden to be.
You might already have a garden, or recently bought your first house and want to landscape it….
There are many questions and answers in the practice of gardening and the pages listed below attempt to give you insights into the information you need to know about just that!
If you wish to have more in depth plant profiles and design “how to” visit Ilona’s Garden. You may want to visit the page about my website first… if you wish to know more about it.
Because I started writing for Hubpages before the merger with Squidoo, here are a selection of pages from native gardening to rock gardening:
“How to garden” hubpages
- Making a Cottage Style Garden.
- Native Gardening
- Build A Rock Garden
- Ideas From An Arboretum
- Coveted Garden Furniture
- Front Yard Curb Appeal
To visit and learn from
The greatest inspiration is to visit a garden. It is calming, exciting, and educating all at once. Gardens are my favorite place to be -next to being on a beach by the ocean,that is- and if I can find a seaside garden that would be about perfection for me. I’d like to share this love with you, and let you know about gardens to visit – virtually if not physically!
The “Gardens to see in Ohio” gives lots of such places to visit in my state.
I haven’t written nearly enough about places I visited. I suppose I had too much fun just enjoying the moment, but perhaps I will share more of those types of experiences in the future.
Places To Go, with Gardeners In Mind
I found one of those perfect little seaside gardens you can visit, too, “Pickets, in Seagrove, Florida“. It was a little shop attached to the prettiest garden…Right near Destin on the Scenic Highway 30 along the Gulf Coast of Florida. A post was written for my blog from that visit.
- Visit One Of Ohio’s Beautiful Public Gardens
Ohio has many beautiful gardens to visit, so if you are planning a visit or live in Ohio and wish to discover more of the state, here is a cornucopia of public gardens that are worth visiting.
- Gardens of Ohio: Park of Roses
A wonderful, world renowned rose garden is in Columbus, Ohio. I visited the Whetstone Park of Roses throughout my life. I hope you will enjoy it in photos, and someday visit.
Better Writing Tips
Better Writing Tips In A Nutshell
- Practice your craft
- Write about your passions
- Find your voice
- Learn to format for online readers
- Improve your grammar
- Check your spelling
- Edit your work
- Keep learning
- Plan A Garden Unit Study
A unit study with the topic of gardening at the hub is one of the easiest to create and follow. It gets everyone outdoors and incorporates every single academic subject! What could be more fun?
- Become A Garden Writer
Have you ever wished you could write about the garden and all you have learned about the skills and shortcuts to growing plants? If you wish to become a garden writer, read on.
My Garden is on Amazon too