A garden of resources for plant people

Up From The Roots is my down-to-earth journey to grow a beautiful, bountiful and delicious garden on a shoestring budget.

A path to a happier home and garden

In becoming a better human companion for our little green friends, I become a better human, too! Here is my journey toward a happier home, garden and self.

Plant Happenings

Benefit from my successes and learn from my mistakes. It’s cheaper than doing it yourself, so follow the latest trials and tribulations of my indoor and outdoor gardens on my plant blog.

Sustainable Living

My hippy-gardener teachers and my hick-gardener teachers would never admit it, but they have a lot in common. Sustainable living can be as easy on our pocketbooks as it is on our environment.

Plant Information

The little plastic plant info tag stuck in a starter pot isn’t always 100% accurate, as we’ve all found from time to time. Here’s what I’ve learned about the plants I’ve grown, through research, trial and error.

Plant Q/A

I haven’t grown them all, and I haven’t written about all I’ve grown. I’m both curious about new plants and I also like to know what other people are finding challenging to grow. Let’s do some plant QA.

What's sprouting on the garden blog?

  • Starting Tomatoes From Seeds

    ShareTomatoes. They’re very popular and can also be one of the more spendy vegetable starts to purchase. So… Can you save money by starting them from seed? Well, I’d say it’s likely!
    As soon as the tomato starts roll in, the […]

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  • How long do seeds last?

    ShareSomeone asked me just the other day… How long do seeds last? They always say packed for (insert year)… Are they still good a year later? Two years? Ten years?
    Tray of tomato seedsGood question! But no good answer, unfortunately. I’ve […]

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  • Hen and chicks – a plant for generations

    ShareHen and chicks is a hardy succulent that is commonly found in rock gardens and grandmother’s flowerbeds across the US and the world. It is one of the most hardy garden plants I have ever encountered
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  • Growing celery in the garden

    ShareCelery is one of my favorite summertime snacks. It’s crisp and refreshing and surprisingly filling. Growing celery in the garden is fun and yields quite a different plant than you get in the store. Here’s what I’ve found interesting about celery:
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  • Catnip, take two. 

    ShareLast year my aunt gave me a huge pot of catnip plants to grow for my three inside cats. I brought it home and unloaded it from the car, but the pot was too heavy and the night too dark […]

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