The Garden Digs

Have You Met Garden Therapy?

Have we told you how much we LOVE Garden Therapy? We have been following Stephanie Rose’s popular Garden Therapy blog for some time now. It focuses on plants to grow for wellness, using gardening as a means of physical therapy and exercise, as well as the joy that comes from working in the garden or creating a crafty project inspired by nature.

Stephanie Rose
Garden Therapy’s tagline is, “better living through plants,”  - the belief that anyone can feel immediate benefits from spending a short while outdoors, digging in the earth and connecting with all that gardening brings. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a brand new sprout, Garden Therapy helps the DIY gardener get their hands dirty and create something beautiful.

Garden Therapy was originally created by Stephanie Rose as a way to track her journey of healing in the garden. The blog grew and blossomed into a way for Stephanie to connect with others who were using gardening as a form of therapy. Stephanie began sharing more and more garden tips, DIYs, and recipes to help others step into the world of Garden Therapy and experience the delight and benefits of getting creative in the garden. The projects on Garden Therapy range from practical gardening know how to DIY plant-based beauty products, garden-to-table recipes, and nature-inspired craft projects.

Garden Therapy's Seed Starting Journal
We are THRILLED to be partnering with Stephanie this year to create an exclusive line of Garden Therapy kits for sale on GardenTrends! Each kit contains a handpicked collection of seeds and a bonus item (or three) that turn seed starting into a Garden Therapy DIY project. But, we can’t share those with you just yet. They are launching soon, so keep an eye out for them as they will be only available for a limited time. Get them first, before they are gone!

Even though we can’t share our kits with you quite yet, today, we are sharing some of Garden Therapy’s most popular crafty projects that incorporate nature so you can get a feel for how Stephanie lives better through plants!

Bug Hotel
By attracting beneficial insects to your garden, you will bring in your own squad of garden helpers who keep out unwanted pests, pollinate plants, and generally help things run smoothly in the garden. You can encourage beneficial bugs by building them this easy DIY habitat that looks like a piece of stylish garden art.  See the DIY here

Bug Hotel
Bee Bath
A bee bath is an easy way to attract bees to your garden and give them a helping hand. This DIY bee bath is a simple and attractive way to supply a water source for our buzzing friends. See the DIY here.

Bee Bath

Mosquito Repelling Planter
Unlike bees and other beneficial insects, we’re not so keen on attracting mosquitoes to the garden. We’re also not so keen on bug sprays full of harsh chemicals. This planter project shows you how to create a beautiful container garden full of plants that deter mosquitoes naturally. Set it on a patio or other outdoor entertaining space to keep bugs at bay. See the DIY here

Mosquito Repelling Planter
Lavender Oatmeal Soap Cupcakes
These homemade soaps look lovely and make a darling gift. The melt-and-pour soap technique used is very easy even if you have never made soap before, so this is a great project for beginners. Oatmeal is soothing on skin and the scent of lavender relaxes and calms the mind. Lather up and enjoy! See the DIY here

Lavender Oatmeal Soap
SunPatiens Hanging Birdcage Planter
A vintage birdcage or decorative candle lantern looks gorgeous planted up with vibrant SunPatiens and a little moss. As the planter fills in and grows, flowers will begin to spill out through the metal frame of the birdcage, creating a look that is both romantic and whimsical. These planters would be equally lovely in a backyard or as décor for an outdoor event like a summer wedding. See the DIY here

SunPatiens Birdcage Planter

P. Allen Smith’s Home Grown Seed Collection Coming Soon!

by Marissa Verdi

GardenTrends is pleased to announce our new partnership with P. Allen Smith and present to you the Home Grown Seed Collection. Allen is a widely known author, television host, entrepreneur and conservationist within the gardening community. Based just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, Allen owns and operates a gorgeous estate, Moss Mountain Farm, where he grows fresh produce and flowers, promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and a grounded, natural lifestyle.

P. Allen Smith

Beginning this December, GardenTrends will be offering Allen’s exclusive Home Grown Seed Collection, featuring 28 vegetable and 14 cut flower varieties. Beautiful, custom color packets will be available for purchase, each packet containing 10 or 50 seeds, the perfect amount of seed needed for small space gardening or to try a little bit of everything!

Seeds are of the highest quality, just ask our Harris Seeds professional growers! Many of the varieties offered in this collection are the same grown by your local farmers and showcased in grocery stores, on restaurant menus, and at farmers markets. Grow what you love, and eat what you grow with P. Allen Smith’s Home Grown Seed Collection.

P. Allen Smith Vegetables

Fall is a wonderful time of year to make flavorful beet dishes! Beet Merlin and Touchstone Gold are a part of the Home Grown Seed Collection and will certainly leave a lasting-impression on your taste buds. Learn more about these exceptional beets from Allen’s video below!

Consider this beet recipe featured below as a side dish at the Thanksgiving table this year! You will be sure to impress your family and friends with this quick, simple, and nutritious meal.

Beet Recipe

Marissa, GardenTrendsMarissa Verdi is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, earning her Master’s degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, an interdisciplinary degree in entomology, plant pathology, and crop and soil sciences. Upon completion of her studies, Marissa was welcomed by the GardenTrends team as the B2C Channel Manager and serves as an editor to this blog. Marissa’s passion for gardening was influenced by her parents, avid garden hobbyists, who encouraged her to pick up her first butterfly net and to explore the interactions between insects and their environments.

Quick and Easy Preparation and Cooking of Winter Squash

One of GardenTrends' customers, G and S Orchards, is a full-time family owned farm specializing in high quality fruit and vegetables with exceptional flavor. Over the years they have had many people ask how to cook winter squash, so they have put together a guide for preparing and cooking this popular and delectable fall vegetable.

Cooking Winter Squash

Other options:

Butternut squash or neck pumpkin - Slice in ¾ to 1 inch slices, brush each side of the slice with oil and grill until tender.

Spaghetti squash - Once cooked, remove squash, toss with oil and grated cheese.

Honeynut Butternut Squash Seeds Vegetable Spaghetti Squash Seeds

Acorn squash
- Pre-cook halves in microwave and then stuff with seasonings or meat and finish in a conventional oven.

Hubbard squash - Drop to break into smaller pieces. Cook until tender and then put in plastic freezer bags for the winter.

Confetti Acorn Squash Seeds Blue Magic Hubbard Squash Seeds

Special Notes:

You don’t have to cut the squash in half or into pieces but you do run the risk of them blowing up in the microwave so be sure to stab several holes in the skin. The squash will be moister if it is cooked with the seeds left in the cavity and scooped out after the pulp is tender.

Watch our video on The Colorful World of Winter Squash!