Here are a few of my garden favorites for this time of year!

Mike's Health Collection

Mike’s Health Collection (1434 N. Central #108).  Gardeners are out in the elements year round and getting cold and wet can lower your immune system.  Let Mike and his friendly professionals advise you on how to stay healthy through the winter.  A McKinney treasure, Mike Sammons has been winning awards and educating us for 23 years. 

Living Earth Compost

Compost is decomposed organic matter, and adding it to your garden beds can turn the tightest clay into beautiful loamy soil.  Compost helps create healthy soil structure that allows water, air and energy to move freely.  It is rich in nutrients, and promotes soil microbes that aid plant growth.  Make a habit of adding compost every time you plant.   

Fairy Gardens

Who can resist these miniature landscapes?  They can be as large or small as you wish; set in the garden or tucked into a container that can be kept inside to enjoyChildren especially love fairy gardens and it’s a fun project to create one together.  This sweet garden was assembled by Mary Nell Jackson. Visit Plum Creek Primitives on the downtown McKinney Square for Fairy Garden galore!

*photo is from Sadie’s garden–Publisher Lauren Palmer’s mother

Jar with Flower Frog Top

Jar with Flower Frog TopUsing a flower frog in the bottom of a vase is a great assist in creating beautiful flower arrangements.  These jars with a screw-on frog top are genius.  There’s just enough water to keep the flowers well hydrated and the plastic construction keeps the arrangement light and easy to transport.   

Easy Gardens for North Central Texas

Steve Huddleston, Senior Horticulturalist at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, has written an informative and easy to read book that will help you select plants that will thrive in our area.  Brew a pot of tea and enjoy this book on a cold winters day – but keep a notepad and pen handy because you’ll want to take notes. 

Garden Claw

The Garden Claw: This is a valuable piece of equipment when a tiller is too much and a shovel just won’t do.  It can be used to cultivate, aerate and loosen soil.  Keep it handy and don’t forget to put your name on it. 


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