Gardening Tips

Spring Online Gardening Reading

by Jenny Peterson on April 4, 2014

in Gardening Tips

I’m poppin’ up all over the place lately, and I didn’t even plan it this way! As a writer, I simply hand in things when my editors say they need them, and wait (im)patiently until they are published. I’m not gonna lie; it’s always fun to see something I’ve written in print, whether it’s online […]


Tips for Year Round Veggie Gardening

by Jenny Peterson on April 3, 2014

in Gardening Tips

Just in time for spring planting is this cool infographic on veggie gardening from my friends at The Spigot. We gardeners are visual people, so I always love graphics like this one. Remember to check with your local County Extension Office for a more specific list of what to plant and when for your area! […]


When I was a young gardener (in my late 20s/early 30s; I got a late start), I had no idea what I was doing. Married and a stay-at-home mom with two little boys and a tight budget, I began to garden. I started a vegetable garden and even tried some flowers. We lived on a […]


January Garden Checklist

by Jenny Peterson on January 2, 2014

in Gardening Tips,Monthly Checklist

Welcome to 2014! Think there’s nothing to do in the garden this month? Pffft! We live in the South; there’s always something to do. Check out my garden chore list for January to keep you on track! Texas and Desert Southwest Gardener’s January Checklist Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨Hire a top interior designer, residential architect […]


October Garden Checklist

by Jenny Peterson on October 1, 2013

in Gardening Tips,Monthly Checklist

I know it’s still the dog days of summer here in Texas, but can’t you feel the change coming? Recent mornings have been refreshingly cool (even though we are still hitting the upper 80s-lower 90s most days), and it makes me wanna get out in the garden in do all kinds of tomfoolery. If you […]

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We’ve Got A Winner for Indoor Plant Decor!

by Jenny Peterson on September 23, 2013

in Book Reviews,Gardening Tips

Last week my co-author Kylee Baumle and I decided to celebrate National Houseplant Week by hosting giveaways of our book, Indoor Plant Decor, on our blogs. I’m happy to say that I got many comments on my blog — thank you to all who entered! — and we have a winner. It’s Melissa Jones! Congratulations, […]


Independent Garden Center Show: Favorite Product

by Jenny Peterson on August 29, 2013

in Gardening Tips

Last week, I attended the IGC (Independent Garden Center) trade show at Navy Pier in Chicago. I’ve been to this show before, and it’s a huge gathering of the best products, plants, soils, amendments, artwork — anything garden related — for the garden center buyer to buy or the garden writer to write about. I […]


Bonnie Plants Container Contest

by Jenny Peterson on July 12, 2013

in Garden Design,Gardening Tips

A couple of months ago, I attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden 2 Blog event at his Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of the participants were encouraged to create a container garden concept before the event using Bonnie plants (Bonnie Plants being one of the event sponsors) and three containers in graduating sizes […]

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The Seed Keeper Deluxe — Product Review

by Jenny Peterson on July 5, 2013

in Gardening Tips,Tools

Back in May when I was fortunate enough to be invited to P. Allen Smith‘s 3rd Annual Garden 2 Blog event at his Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock Arkansas, participating garden bloggers met with various sponsors that are involved in the garden and lifestyle industries. One of those sponsors was the incredible team of […]


Pumpkin Planting Time!

by Jenny Peterson on July 4, 2013

in Gardening Tips

Happy 4th of July from J. Peterson Garden Design! For people in our neck of the woods (southern climate, zones 6b-9), Independence Day is our reminder to plant your pumpkin seeds to have a good harvest in time for Halloween! Choose a location in full sun, and be sure to have a lot of room. […]