The Secret to Growing Flowers and Vegetables

I have to admit, I wasn’t going to be totally honest with you about my secret for growing flowers and vegetables.  Truth of the matter is, not everyone will be able to apply this secret to their own gardens.  For this I am sorry.   I do feel, however,  I shouldn’t keep secrets from my friends so, here goes…

I’m very picky about my soil.  I use compost on a regular basis thus cutting down on my need for fertilizers.  I also have been known to clean out my neighbor’s barn for rotted cow manure.





I’m a little fussy about varieties that I plant.  Native plants are proving year after year to be the better plants.  Most are fuss-free and not bothered by pests.  They handle the humid, dry summers easily while adding color and nectar to the garden.

Salvia 'Rose Queen'

Salvia ‘Rose Queen’

In fact, I study plant varieties like my life depended on it.

Painted Daisy

Painted Daisy
Glebionis carinatum

You could say I spend an enormous amount of time with my bloomin’ friends.  I can never just walk about my garden.  I’m constantly dead-heading or pulling weeds and grass from the beds.


But that’s not the secret.

All plants need water.  Some more than others.  I am slowing transitioning to more drought tolerant varieties, but even they need water to get established.

So, without further delay, here is my secret.

First, you need this.

princess watering can

Princess watering can

Fill with water and give to a real Princess


and voilá!

hallie age 3

Beautiful flowers!

How lucky am I?

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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17 Responses to The Secret to Growing Flowers and Vegetables

  1. Love, love, love, love, love it!!!


  2. bhoyt10 says:

    What a beautiful secret! Now it find me a beautiful princess!


  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So sweet! “For a princess is a delicate thing, delicate and dainty as a dragonfly’s wing. You can recognize a lady by her elegant air, but a genuine princess is exceedingly rare.” (from the musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” a retelling of the princess and the pea story.) Thanks for sharing your special garden secret!


  4. Beth Cawein says:

    As I was reading, I was thinking “oh, yeah, I do that” but then I came to the beautiful princess! I know I need one of those! Too cute!


  5. thecasualrider says:

    Awww, very sweet. Beautiful photos, too, including the cover photo under your blog title!


  6. Anonymous says:

    What a cute little garden helper!


  7. Pssst – it works with Pink Polka-Dotted can too….I think it’s all the Princess Part!
    She’s a doll, Brenda! 🙂


  8. What a special garden princess you have to help the fairies make your garden grow.


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