Natural Bug Spray Recipe

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It’s the end of August.and I am so fed up with battling mosquitoes.  I know they are God’s creation and all…and I know that they have a great purpose in our ecosystem, but they drive. me. crazy!!!!! They steal so much joy out of an otherwise lovely day!  My girls and I always get eaten…

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How to Prune Hydrangeas…and When

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Several weeks ago I started a series of posts on one of everyone’s favorite landscape shrubs…the loverly hydrangea. I started with defining and describing the different types of hydrangeas…and next how to plant hydrangeas.  Today I’m going to continue along the hydrangea path with answering one of the most common questions I get from friends and family…How do you prune…

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Introducing … Lisa Steele and “Fresh Eggs Daily”

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As I’ve said on previous posts, one of the biggest perks of this RYG journey has been getting to  meet some truly amazing people. (I air-quoted “meet” because I haven’t actually met them…or even talked to them, but I have gotten to know them on their blogs and through emails back and forth.) Anyway…the latest person I’ve met is Lisa Steele…a 5th…

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How to Plant Hydrangeas

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Last week I started a series of posts on hydrangeas…which seems to be one of everyone’s favorite plants – particularly here in the South.  My initial post was all about the “what”…outlining the importance of knowing what kind of hydrangea is best for your space…and noting that there’s a ton you can get by simply looking at the scientific name.…

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Hydrangea – Quick Reference Guide

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Based on the positive feedback I received from some of my fellow ground redeemers, instead of burying the Quick Reference Guide to Common Landscape Hydrangeas at the end of the post where some folks might miss it…I’m giving it a post all to itself. So if you did miss it and want to download and print it off……

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DIY Pallet Board Coffee Table

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I’ve finally jumped onto the DIY pallet board bandwagon. Last week I finished up a pallet board coffee table to go in front of the hanging day bed on our pergola. Now…the girls and I did make a wall hanging of sorts for Britt for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago out of pallet…

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A Hydrangea…By Any Other Name

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It’s clear by just quickly looking over our yard that hydrangeas are one of Britt’s and my favorite plants…particularly during the late spring and summer months.  Not only do we love their massive blooms popping all over our yard, we also love the life they bring when we take them inside. And apparently we’re not…

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My Potting Bench (Post #2 of 2)

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If you’re just tuning into RYGblog and haven’t seen the first post about my potting bench, I’d recommend that you do. It provides you with a bit more context, as well as some instructions on a few of the potting bench’s details (i.e., this post doesn’t cover it all). Regardless, let me remind you of what…

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My Potting Bench (Post #1 of 2)

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Greetings fellow Ground Redeemers. I hope this post finds you well…enjoying the final days of summer – which is so hard to believe. Well, I’m excited about sharing how I’ve spent some of my summer days…building a potting bench. And I’m a tad bit proud too…not only because I made it with my own two…

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How to Make a Scarecrow

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The one downside to having a veggie garden is…the critters that come and feast on the vegetables without an invitation!  It’s so frustrating going out to find a squirrel dining on the very nice, large, green tomato we’ve been waiting to ripen and dreaming about eating ourselves.  And they never say “thank you”…such poor mannered critters! We have tried…

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“I love my new yard!”…Backyard Makeover Tips

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There are few things that satisfy me more professionally than seeing pics like the one above and hearing words like “I love my new yard!”…especially from my youngest of clients. And that’s what eventually happened after I got a call from a good friend of mine late last spring…asking if I could help them figure…

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Tips for Growing Tomatoes

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Whether your veggie garden consists of a single pot or vast acreage…or whether you’re a veggie garden beginner or a seasoned veggie veteran, odds are that tomatoes are a part of this summer’s harvest. Like my other posts on gardening how-to’s, there’s so much more to know…but understanding the following tips for growing tomatoes really…

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Easy & Oh-So-Tasty Tomato Pie Recipe

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“There are two things in life that money can’t buy…it’s true love and homegrown tomatoes”…that’s according to a song my Aunt KK used to quote.   And I think there’s some real truth to that!   Money couldn’t…and didn’t buy the true love I found in my Resident Gardener.  And there is nothing like a…

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Why, Yes…Our Backyard Chickens Do Have Names

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I shouldn’t find it funny, really…that one of the most common questions people ask about our chickens is “Do they have names?”. Although having chickens as pets is trendy in some circles, it’s still not the norm…so given that most peoples’ context for chickens is what they’re having for dinner, it’s not that odd of…

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30+ Fun Activities for Kids to Play in the Dirt

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As I’ve shared on previous posts, I’ve got a thing for dirt…I love the way it smells, the way it feels, and all it represents. And if you’ve ever been on RYGblog before, I hope that you’ve noticed that I love my girls from my head to my toes…and that I have a passion for…

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How to Grow Cucumbers

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As I mentioned on yesterday’s post (Tracy’s Mustard Pickle Recipe), cucumbers are always part of the Scott Family summer vegetable garden.  Not only because we love cucumbers and pickles, but also because I’ve found growing cucumbers is very easy…and truth be told, I like easy when it comes to gardening.  Now there have been some…

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How to Grow Blueberries

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We love our blueberry bushes…especially this time of year when they’re busting with berries. Britt and I love how having them teaches our girls where food comes from…beyond from a carton at the grocery store.  We love the daily family-berry-picking sessions. We love casually snacking on them while we’re playing or working outside.  We all…

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How to Make a Driftwood Candle Holder

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Last summer Doug and I found a really cool piece of driftwood that had washed up on shore at my parents’ lake house. It was a really interesting  piece of wood…with its unique curves and beautiful grayed, smooth texture.  Given that we found it at my parents’ lake house I knew right away that I wanted to turn…

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There’s Just Something about a Tire Swing

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I don’t know what it is, but there’re very few things that say carefree summer days more to me than a tire swing.  That’s probably why when we were trying to come up with images to represent the PLAY section of RYGblog that we landed on a tire swing.  The crazy thing is, I didn’t have…

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Great American Backyard Campout Day!

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Mark your calendars…this coming Saturday, June 28th is Great American Backyard Campout Day!  Who knew?! This year the National Wildlife Foundation has set a goal of getting 200,000 people across the country to camp out this weekend.  To learn more, as well as get some great tips and ideas for your camping experience you can…

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Zucchini Crisps with Basil Dipping Sauce (from McNack’s Kitchen)

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One of our favorite veggies to grow is zucchini…always the first to make the list when we sit down to plan our summer garden.  They are easy to grow…as long as I’m able to keep the vine borers and squash bugs away from them…and the girls and I love it whenever Britt fixes zucchini for dinner. One of my favorite things about my RYGblog…

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Take the Party Outside!

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When considering where to host a special event like a birthday bash or a large dinner party, it seems that most of us limit our thinking to either having it inside or paying to have it somewhere else – when all along there’s very likely a great space just outside our doors.  With just a…

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Redeem Your Day

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This weekend was bittersweet.  Sweet in that Sunday was Father’s Day and I was showered with love and attention by Brown & Littlest One…and Britt.  It was really great…soul-filling…affirming…and so rich. I’m blessed. Bitter in that I got the news of 2 horrible things that had happened this past week.  First, a guy I briefly worked…

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National Get Outdoors Day!

Did you know that June 14th, 2014 is National Get Outdoors Day (GO)? That’s THIS Saturday people!  So what are you going to do to celebrate?  Since we’ve just recently learned of this great day, we at the Scott Household are still trying to figure out what we might do tomorrow to celebrate, but we definitely…

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How to Prune Azaleas…and When!

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A few months ago I wrote a post about some of my favorite white spring flowers.  If mine had been in bloom at the time, I would have also included the Mrs. G. G. Gerbing Azalea (Azalea Rhododendron indicum ‘Mrs. G. G. Gerbing’).  Because my G.G.s make up the foundational backbone of my landscape, I…

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got margin?

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got margin?  I don’t. But I need to.  Really, we all need to. Either real or perceived, it seems like we are all running around with very little margin.  And when we don’t have margin…or don’t feel like we do…we don’t rest, can’t rest…don’t see, can’t see…don’t feel, can’t feel…don’t think, can’t think…don’t dream, can’t…

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Inspiring Gardens

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Sometimes I just want to be inspired by what I see…and not be distracted by someone blathering on about some deep thought or story.  So in an attempt to not distract you, I’ll simply include a number of images of gardens that have inspired me. But because I can’t help myself, I will give you  just a…

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Fertilizing Basics: The ABCs and NPKs of Fertilizer

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A couple of weeks ago I started a series of posts on dirt…err, soil.  The first was on the basics of what soil is…your plants’ home and its food.   Last week I gave you some basics on why and how to amend your soil.  Today’s post I’m going to explain the ABCs of fertilizing your…

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What’s Your Story?

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Do you have the kind of friend who will really tell you like it is? Not in a jerky kind of way…well because that’s not a friend, that’s a jerk. No, I mean the kind of friend who will speak into your life in a critical, yet life-giving kind of way.  I do…in fact I’m…

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Please won’t you be my neighbor?

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There are few things that make my mind zoom back to my childhood quicker than hearing the song from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at the video below or ask one of your parents.) Man that was a long time ago…and when I consider how different many…

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The Basics of Amending Your Soil

Last week I posted on the different types of soil…and how clay-heavy soils and sand-heavy soils provide less than ideal growing conditions for your plants. And unfortunately most of us are dealing with one end of that soil spectrum or the other…which requires us to do more than just throw our plants into the ground.…

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Amending Your Soil …. the DIRT on Dirt!

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I love dirt. I love the way it feels between my fingers and toes. I love the way it smells. I love what it represents. I love seeing it on my kids’ hands and faces because of what they’ve likely been up to. I just love dirt. But all that dirt is to me…it’s not…

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Summer Family Read Aloud Books

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So last week I wrote about how reading outside is a great way to redeem a little ground at home. Going off that, I’d now like to encourage you to choose a family read aloud book for the summer – something you could read together as a family…maybe while laying on a blanket on a…

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The Hanging Daybed – a Perfect Spot to Read or Snooze

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So Britt has started this series of posts on redeeming your ground by reading outside; however, as she suggested last week…I’m not much of a reader. I know I should be for so many reasons, but I’m just not. Sorry. That said, I redeem my ground in different ways…and one of those ways is to…

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Summer Reading…Take It Outside!

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The countdown to summer is on at our house.  Just two weeks of school left until summer vacation!  And I’ll be honest – we. can’t. wait!  It’s hard to prioritize homework when it’s so beautiful outside…the sun is setting later and frankly we are just tired of doing homework after 9 months.  We definitely have spring…

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Tips for Watering Your Lawn

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I’m going to take a break from my deeper WHY redeem your ground posts to give you some helpful information on HOW you can redeem your ground.  And I mean quite literally…how to best water your lawn.  Given that it’s already getting into the mid-80s here, it’s something a lot of people are asking.  But by…

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Living Gifts that Keep Giving

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I’m on a gift-giving kick right now.  After writing last week’s post on ground redeeming Anniversary gifts I’ve been motivated and thinking about what I’m going to get my Resident Gardener for Father’s Day…in June!  But in the meantime I’ve also been gathering a few friends’ birthday gifts, end-of-the-year teacher gifts, and of course a Mother’s…

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My Top 5 Chicken Coop Designs

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Now that spring is here and the weather finally seems to be cooperating, I’m chomping at the bit to get some of my projects outside underway. One area of our yard I’m going to focus on first is in and around our chicken coop…my ladies are needing just a bit more attention! So off to Pinterest…

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Redeem Your Own Self…Live a Healthier Lifestyle

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Today I’m going to take a break from posting about how you can redeem your ground with beautiful flowers and chickens and veggie gardens…to post on something that helped kick-start this redeem your ground journey of mine in the first place.  That was to “redeem my own self”…by living a healthier lifestyle of diet and…

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The Window Box at My Back Porch…Before and “During”

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In last week’s post (Container Gardening 101…a la Helen Weis…) I mentioned that not only had Helen so graciously shared some of her container garden magic with all of us…but personally, she gave me some suggestions as to what to put in a few of my container gardens as well.  The window box at our…

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Ground Redeeming Anniversary Gifts

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My Resident Gardener highlighted our beautiful Lady Banks’ Rose on RYGblog earlier this week.  Oh how I love her!  I love how she has created a lush canopy to welcome our guests.  I anticipate her beauty every spring as it is such a pinnacle moment when she blooms.  I always want to invite guests over…

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The Grand Lady Banks’ Rose

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With all of the many flowers bursting at their seams with life and color this time of year, you’ll find more of my posts detailing out some of my favorites. Today’s spotlight flower is the Lady Banks’ Rose. I actually have very few roses in our outdoor spaces. Not because I don’t like them, because…

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Crisp & Clean…White Spring Flowers

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As I have mentioned on a previous post or two, I have a penchant for white flowers.  And there’s no better time of year to see some of my favorites on grand display than right now.  Whether if it’s the white Chinese Snowball Viburnum poofs weighing down its branches…or the dainty flower of the Reeves’ Spirea –…

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Delicious Recipe for Rosemary Bread

If you’ve visited RYGblog over the past couple of months you’ve gotten to know my friend and fellow home gardener, Tracy Prather.  Her Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup recipe made us all think twice about two veggies that are often avoided (at least I once did)…and her last recipe for Parmesan Pork with Fresh Oregano definitely…

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Top 10 Landscape Design Tips (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I laid out the first five of my Top 10 Landscape Design Tips … and today I’ll finish up with the other five. As I concluded last time, if you want more details on a specific point, let me know and I’ll focus a future post on just that topic. So here are my…

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Why Redeem Your Ground? Your Kids.

Okay…I’ll admit it…it’s been a tough couple of days.  A few things that I had hoped would come together didn’t…and a few things I didn’t want to happen did.  Launching a new business, particularly in an industry you didn’t build your 20+ year career on, is challenging to say the least…frustrating at times, and sometimes…

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Our Staycation…Staying Close to Home for School Break

Now, I’ll say it upfront…I may be a bit jealous of my friends and family who are posting pics of their amazing Spring Break trips to beautiful beachside villas or dramatic snow-capped ski resorts.  But this year we decided to stay close to home and go on a staycation.  And we were not alone.  For…

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Top 10 Tips for Landscape Design (Part 1 of 2)

Greetings fellow Ground Redeemers!  If your weather is as amazing as it is here in Atlanta, I’m certain you’re itching to get outside to enjoy your day…or to get some of the projects off your list so that you can enjoy the outdoors even more in the days to come.  If one of those projects…

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Grilled Parmesan Pork with Fresh Oregano

[A few weeks back I introduced you to my friend and fellow home gardener, Tracy Prather…when she got us salivating over her Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup recipe.  Well she’s back today with yet another lip-smacking delicious recipe…Grilled Parmesan Pork with Fresh Oregano. Thanks again Tracy…I look forward to trying this one out too!]…

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Don’t Miss the Flowers of March

My walk around the yard yesterday and today’s beautiful weather got me out there again this morning…and this time I was struck by the beauty of 3 flowers in particular. One bursting with color – Forsythia. Another dainty and intricate – Loddon Lily. And finally, a graceful addition cascading from my favorite vine –  Evergreen…

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Redeem Your Ground…The Video

Earlier today, as the sun finally shone through after some very gray days, I closed my laptop and took a walk through my yard…stopping to breathe it all in.  I was excited to see the hostas and peonies starting to break through the ground…my G.G. Gerbing azaleas promising a sea of white in a matter…

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Spring Forward…Taking Homework Outside

“Spring Forward” always brings with it a little bit of good and a little bit of bad to our home.  Some of the bad is simply that I’m still dragging along from missing that one silly hour of sleep.  And beyond that, my mind still hasn’t adjusted to the “sunlight clock” and I’m still thinking that…

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Our Family Vegetable Garden…In the Beginning

Our family vegetable garden story started about 4 or 5 years ago when Britt signed Brownie and me up for a “Family Vegetable Garden Workshop” at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We had talked for years about having a veggie garden, but like many other things we’d talked about, it had remained just that…just talk. But…

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Outdoor Themed Dishtowels

After weeks on end of planning for and celebrating everyone else in the family…I got a little gift for myself this week.  And of course I had to share it with you guys as a Fun Friday Find.   This Fun Find just makes me smile as they brighten up my kitchen and seem to…

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Raising Backyard Chickens 101: Why & How Many?

My chicken posts from the last couple of weeks seemed to have piqued the interest of quite a few…particularly on the design of our chicken coop.  Today’s post will be the first of several where I’ll provide greater context and a bit more detail on not only the design of our coop, but on a…

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Spring Is Springing…Top 3 Early Spring Flowers

[Sorry for the delay in getting this post out.  A combination of Atlanta’s schizophrenic weather and my running around like a madman has left me in bed sick with some nasty crud. But without further a do…] Over the past few weeks, as the seasons are struggling to turn, I’ve finally been able to see…

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Gardening Themed Birthday Party

So since I am STILL in birthday mode this week (see last week’s post if you missed my last birthday post)…I thought I’d share another great outside inspired birthday party from the past. When my Littlest One was turning five, we planned a gardening themed birthday party. In my mind it would be held in…

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Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup

[So today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Tracy Prather, a great friend and fellow home gardener.  She will be gracing us with some of her delicious recipes from time to time…and today’s Creamy Asparagus & Roasted Artichoke Soup is the first.  I wouldn’t be surprised if her healthy recipes inspired you to…

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Raising Backyard Chickens…Answering Your Questions

We really had a great response from last week’s post on the truth about raising backyard chickens…at least my truths.  In addition to a good deal of traffic, we also got some good questions.  I’ll answer some of them here.  Please keep your questions coming…I’d love to provide you any insight that I can. “What,…

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Camping Themed Birthday Party

‘Tis the season for birthdays at our house. Three of our four birthdays are in a span of 33 days in the Scott household. So needless to say we do a lot of celebrating during that time period…and I do a lot of party planning! At the moment I’m in full force birthday-party-planning-mode for the…

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The Real Truth about Raising Backyard Chickens

When I first started raising backyard chickens I really knew next to nothing. I knew what I wanted to get out of raising chickens, but beyond my vast experience at raising parakeets as a kid (which didn’t help much at all…surprise), I didn’t have a clue. Now, after having a whopping 1.5 years of experience…

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Gather, Play…and So Much More

 [So I asked my friend and fellow family and outdoors lover, Jen Overly, if I could use her comment on a recent post as a post in and of itself.  “Asked” is probably not the most accurate word…more like “told”.  I “told” her because I simply didn’t want what she had to share buried in…

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Getting Ready for Spring…Make the Most of It!

Now that the ice has melted (at least here in Atlanta) and all the love that could be spread on Valentine’s Day has been spread, you may be wondering how to best prepare your yard for what’s just around the corner…SPRING!  Of course you are.  Well I for one will be glad to have these…

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Where am I?

[Once again…due to Atlanta’s crazy weather, we interrupt our regularly scheduled ground redemption posts to pause…to pause and consider. WARNING: This post is a bit deeper than most…but hang in there with me.] I woke up this morning to see my world covered in a blanket of white.  It almost looked other-worldly…a bit Narnia’esque. Although…

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The Home Vegetable Garden – Clearly a Family Affair

There’s a ton I could say about today’s guest-blogger, Josh…but I’m going to limit it to these few words or phrases: husband and daddy; outdoorsman; home gardener; and friend. What sets him apart, though, is the infectious fervor with which he approaches each of these areas of his life .  He’s that guy who makes…

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Lookin’ for Love…Gifts in Nature

So I have this little rock that sits on my windowsill above my kitchen sink.  It’s been sitting there for a couple of years now.  It isn’t anything fancy.  It’s rough and it’s rugged!  But it’s special! It’s special because my girls gave it to me.  They found this little treasure-of-a-rock while playing in the…

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The Potting Shed…a Solution of Function & Beauty

Earlier this week I introduced you to Brenda…my fast-talking, bigger-than-life mother-in-law…lover of her garden and all things beautiful.  Recently she took a trip to visit a friend out of town…and as you can tell by her post below, she was quite impressed by the beauty and functionality of her friend’s potting shed.  I think you…

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Family Roots Run Deep & Strong…

Not only did I come from a family who enjoys being outside…whether hunting in the woods or getting our fingers dirty in our yard, I was also fortunate to marry into one that does as well.  Some of my richest memories of childhood are of being outside with my family…something that Britt and I are…

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Snow Days … the Perfect Time to Gather and to Connect

One Tuesday back in 2014 I spent over four hours stuck in gridlocked, icy roads desperately trying to drive a carload of 2nd graders back to school from a field trip to anxiously waiting parents.  Many a moment along that journey the feat seemed impossible…the kids hadn’t had lunch, some desperately needed to go to…

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Snow Days … the Perfect Time to Pause and to Play

Being the Florida boy that I am … the closest thing I had to a snow day growing up was having to stay home from school because of a hurricane. But those days were characterized by simply being stuck inside and fearing that our windows were going to be blown in. I’ve since learned that…

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Fun Friday Find: Nature Cards

After reflecting on my last post, I was thinking that some of you may be wanting to foster exploration in your kids and get them outside adventure-ing (my new word), but maybe you don’t know how, maybe you feel your kids aren’t naturally wired as explorers or maybe they’ve become “bored” with their typical outside…

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These Boots Are Made for Exploring!

A beautiful Spring-like day in January beckoned us to get outside for some major playtime and exploration this past weekend – knowing that some bitter cold temperatures would be moving back in soon.   As Doug wrote in his last post, he and Brown-Brown had recently cleared a path to the old, dried up lakebed behind our home…

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Do you know where your kids are?

As I was starting out on this whole redeem your ground journey, I was told by two completely unrelated people that I should read “The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv.  And I’m so glad that they did. It’s a great read – it’s thought-provoking and for…

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The Burlap Wreath | Year’round Door Decor

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Since Doug shared what he made for the family Christmas gift exchange this year (a Pallet Board Red Ribbon Star), I felt sure everyone was dying to know what I made. Well probably not, but I’m going to flatter myself and share what I made with you anyway.  A burlap wreath!  (That probably doesn’t surprise…

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“Well hello there!”…What’s Your Home Saying?

The entrance and approach to your home is your house’s way of greeting your guests.  Some houses do a great job at that, essentially saying “Hello…welcome, I’m so glad you’re here…we’ve been looking forward to seeing you.”  Others on the other hand say “Stay away…don’t bother me…I’m not in the mood to have guests right…

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What’s Your Family Story?

There are few things that move me more than music. Sometimes a song will just send me somewhere. And you can call me a sap, but “The House that Built Me” is one of those songs. Although Miranda Lambert didn’t write it, her performance and the words that writers Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin penned,…

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DIY Pallet Board Red Ribbon Star

In keeping with our theme of simplifying life, my dear wife suggested that we all bring homemade gifts for our Christmas gift exchange with her extended family this past year.  Although I think it took a little bit of convincing for some (they weren’t certain if making something was really simpler than just buying something), eventually everyone…

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Zip Line Adventures in Our Own Backyard!

Woopwoop!  Our first “Share Your Story” submission!  Hopefully this trend will continue…where others will start sharing their stories here too – inspiring others to live fuller lives at home outside.  As you can see by the submission below, here’s a family that’s doing just that!   [Alright, in full disclosure…this story was not submitted by…

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Not Your Average Treehouse

My girls had been asking me to build them a playhouse for some time. For months I thought through design ideas, but I couldn’t get the thought of this diminutive structure being outgrown by both of my girls no sooner than I finished building it…and then it would go unused and become less than worthless…

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Family Fireside Chats

There is nothing more mesmerizing to me than staring into a fire.  I could do it for hours.  At the hunting camp growing up, I can remember ending every day hanging out at the campfire – not only because there was nothing else to do and it was freezing cold everywhere else, but because there…

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Evergreen Cuttings…Underutilized Throughout the Year

Christmas seems like one of the only times of the year when people use evergreen cuttings inside their homes…and when I say evergreen I mean a landscape shrub or tree that stays green all year round…not just from a fir or spruce tree.   I guess one of the few exceptions to that is bringing in…

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RYGblog Categories…What’s In a Name?

Flower Power 101: Top 4 Flower Gardening Tips ... Creeping Jenny - Redeem Your Ground |

When Britt and I first started talking about doing a blog we knew that we had to come up with a creative way to organize our ideas that captured our passions in a memorable way.  We identified six areas in which we’d personally “redeemed our ground” at home and felt like they would resonate with others too. We came…

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How We’ve Redeemed Our Ground … and Will!

Winter is a unique time of year for those of us who enjoy spending a lot of time outside in our yards.  This is a common time for organizing our tools and cleaning things up, but it’s also a great opportunity to reflect over the past year’s projects, while looking forward to the next.  As…

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Redeem Their Ground…At Home Too!

Although we’re going to invest in redeeming the ground for the kids at Beat the Drum in Kenya…that’s certainly not where it has to start or end. Helping redeem the ground of neighbors or friends…or someone we barely know…is a great way to pay it forward too. It doesn’t have to be overseas…and in fact,…

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