I have been free lance garden writer for 15 years and have loved every minute of the work. I’m a master gardener and master composter and spend most of time keeping up with “what’s new” in the green world. To be a good garden writer I believe one should grow lots of plants, and I do. I have 1000 sq. ft. of perennial beds, a 500 square foot shade garden and a 500 ft. potager (a decorative vegetable garden). I live in southern Michigan on 20 acres filled with heavy clay soil, but after years of amending and mulching with organic materials the veggie and shade garden beds are filled with beautiful black friable soil.
Although I love decorative plants tomatoes are passion, so expect to read lots about tamats in the coming months.
My life partner, Jeff Ball, is also a garden writer. We each write a weekly column in the Detroit News; mine focuses on gardening and Jeff writes about “yardening”. A yardener is someone with a landscape that has plants but he or she does not know what roots do.
We use this blog to archive our newspaper columns each week and then we add posts about what we are doing or interesting issues we have seen somewhere else, probably on the Internet.
Unlike most garden writers, I have become something of an expert on gardening and yard care tools and products. When I give a talk about tools I am announced as the “Michigan Tool Queen”. Because of this interest I get to test lots of tools and products. That experience I believe has helped me to become a better garden writer and probably a better gardener.