gardening

Too Mulch to Handle By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Poppy Lancaster can easily attest to the idea that “green thumbs” may be more a result of experience than DNA. She applies her best efforts perusing her late grandmother’s plant books to educate herself and make a success of the business she inherited, but she continues to be faced with so many challenges trying to bring Hollyhock Cottage Garden & Nursery back to its former glory.

Wreathing Havoc By Julia Henry: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa


Sixty-something widow Lilly Jayne not only has a “squad” of friends and family to keep her busy, she has the greenest, green thumbs when it comes to her meticulous garden. She is participating in the annual Garden Sculpture and Lights event and creating a wreath based on random book titles for the library fundraiser; hers is based on the Christie classic, “Murder on the Orient Express.” All good fun…mostly. She is also relied on by law enforcement when suspicious deaths pop up...and they always do!

Sowing Malice By Wendy Tyson: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The Von Tresslers were not normal members of the small Pennsylvanian community. With their wealth and attitude, they essentially kept themselves separated from the townspeople shunning invitations to join in, participate, or patronize local businesses along with poaching all the contractors in the area to build their mansion on the hill no matter to what projects they had already committed.

Trowel and Error: English Cottage Garden Mystery By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa


Poppy’s “slimy” cousin Hubert Leach, a property agent, has been a bittersweet part in her life, but she thought the “quid pro quo” agreement she’d made would turn out to be simple and easy to fulfill. He had given Nell a lucrative cleaning contract, and Poppy promised a return “favor,” and being his date at an invitation-only cocktail party seemed a small price to pay. Until the “quo” was more than her “quid” could handle.

Five Fun Ways to Volunteer on Earth Day

by Dylan Bartlett


On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. It’s a time for appreciation, gratitude and, more importantly, progress. Whether you’ve volunteered in years past or you want to get in on the action now, there’s a ton of ways to give back. Some of these you can do during lockdown, and others you can do when life gets back to normal.

Deadhead and Buried By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

by Kathleen Costa
& H.Y. Hanna


What would make one quit their job? Demanding boss. Personal rebukes. Docking pay. Poppy Lancaster acquiesces desperately needing her paycheck, but when the last straw comes, quitting is the only solution. A prophetic chance meeting and gift of a papier-mâché, sprig-of-heather pin (Heather symbolizes transformative change—from the mundane to the extraordinary) heralds changes.

Community Life Garden: Making a Difference in the Community Through Gardening

by Lorie Lewis Ham


During this time of year we like to feature groups who are making a difference in their community. While looking for such a group this year I found The Community Life Garden, just outside of Reedley. Interested in what exactly they do, I chatted with the Executive Director of Community Life Garden, David Gonzalez.

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