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?

  • Bush Peas – is there really such a thing?


    For years I’ve seen those packages of peas on the shelf proclaiming “bush peas” as something completely different from climbing peas. Then I plant the darn things (as directed, 2 inches apart) and have to string them anyway. For heaven’s […]

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  • The Benefits of Growing Oregano as a Landscape Plant

    ShareOregano in a shady spot Oregano has become one of my favorite plants to grow, and not necessarily for it’s culinary properties. I’ve found that it can be an excellent landscape plant for lots of reasons!
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  • Tricks to growing blueberries

    ShareDespite the early heat and the lack of rain, we have had a phenomenal blueberry harvest this year… The best harvest yet! So I wanted to share some of our winning growing techniques.
    Have the right climate? We live in the […]

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  • Growing Glorious Greens

    ShareButtercrunch lettuce, romaine, radicchio, mustard greens, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard… This is a beautiful time for grazing on glorious home-grown greens!
    Here in western Oregon, it’s often rainy and cool through June. (The old adage around these parts is that summer […]

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  • It’s African Violet blooming time

    This is one of my favorite violets! It has big clusters of giant, frilly, periwinkle blue blossoms. I’ve grown them as miniaturized plants as well as large plants and they are just lovely either way.
    This year I’ve had a […]

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