Ground Maintenance

One more reason to enjoy your morning cup of Jo

I love to drink my morning coffee outside beside the pond. Listening to the waterfall and watching the frogs and fish as the sun slowly rises. Each day I open up the pod and collect the used grounds into a bowl. When I have enough, I sprinkle them around my plants or compost them with my kitchen scraps. I remember my family and neighbors adding their used coffee grounds to the garden as a child. Recently, I wanted to learn more about the benefits of coffee grounds in the garden and here is what I found…

  • Coffee grounds are about 2% nitrogen by volume.
  • Grounds are not acidic; the acid in coffee is water-soluble so the acid is mostly in the coffee.
  • Coffee grounds are close to pH neutral (between 6.5 – 6.8 pH).
  • Coffee grounds improve soil tilth or structure.
  • Sprinkling coffee grounds around plants can help repel slugs.
  • Coffee Grounds make a great addition to the compost pile. Layer – 1/3 fallen leaves, 1/3 fresh grass clippings (no pesticides/herbicides) and 1/3 coffee grounds. You can also add the paper filters to the compost bin.

I recommend recycling your own morning coffee grounds. But if you need more, contact your local barista. Most often, they are happy to give you the days’ used grounds. Some even package them up just for such an occasion.

Tell us, Where do you enjoy your morning cup of Jo? Do you add the grounds to your garden? If so, how do you use them?

Happy Gardening!

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Red, White and Blue

Beautiful LilyEastern Bluebird Eggs

Just wanted to take a moment to say how #grateful I am to have the #freedom to follow my #dreams. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity and support to “connect people, plants & nature together for health and well-being.” We are going to have a great year together!

Happy Independence Day!

Send fresh air and sunshine to the ones you love

TSG Greeting CardsYour friends and family will love receiving your personal message inside these beautiful, one-of-a-kind, blank greeting cards. Cards are sold in a series of 4 packs. Choose your theme here.


“Bring the Outside In”

Relaxing RiverConnecting with nature improves the mind-body connection. Bring the beauty & benefits of nature into your home & office all year round. These images encourage feelings of balance, creativity, clarity and happiness. Bring yours home today.Purple Passion

The Soulful Gardener is Open for Business!

Fabulous Fall“Bring the Outside In”
Connecting with nature improves the mind-body connection. Bring the beauty & benefits of nature into your home & office all year round. These images encourage feelings of balance, creativity, clarity and happiness.

Now selling beautiful photographic prints and greeting cards. Local artist. Local inspiration.TSG Greeting Cards

Celebrate with The Soulful Gardener

Carderock-C-O-Potomac-landscape-frame-059.JPGAt the NEW Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg Grand Opening on Thursday, June 11th from 4 p.m. –
7 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. & get more information here.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

“Celebrate our hotel opening with Homewood’s Lewis the Duck and support the Gaithersburg environment as the Muddy Branch Alliance showcases local artists in support of our tributary streams and watershed. Displayed art will be available for purchase. ”  ~ Homewood Suites, Washington D.C. North, Gaithersburg

False-Blue-Indigo-Frame-May-Potomac.JPGAs one of the guest artists, I will have a collection of signature photographs on display and available for purchase. I will also have information about custom presentations you can schedule for your garden club, eco-action group, HOA and/or green organization.

Come celebrate the opening of Homewood Suites while looking at beautiful local art and enjoying some nibbles and noshes. Remember to R.S.V.P. so we can plan accordingly.

Hope to see all my local Soulful friends there!

Feathered Fatherhood

Watch the loving care this father gives his baby

It’s that time of year when the birds are nesting and rearing their young. I kept hearing a baby bird out my window. I snuck up with my camera and this is what I found.
Click here to learn more about “How to attract birds to your garden.”

Click here to see the video. Cardinal feeding his baby


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A Key Ingredient in attracting Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies

caterpillar on bronze fennel 003 (2)Many herbs act as host plants for Lepidoptera (caterpillars). Learn how Bronze Fennel supports the life-cycle of the Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly.

Not only does it look beautiful and smell delicious, you and your family will have fun examining it all season for eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises.

Happy Gardening!

Happy (Bluebird) Trails to You

Bluebird monitoring, Rifleford Rd, spring ephemerals, skunk cabbage 027

I have always been happiest outside, even as a little girl. I love the melody of the birds, the breeze on my skin and the smell of the air. When I am in and surrounded by nature, I feel like I am home. So, when a call for volunteers went out to our listserv for Bluebird Trail Monitors in our area, I jumped at the chance.
The information collected while monitoring the Bluebird Trail will be sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We will be taking detailed records of this year’s nest box inhabitants and the success of their broods. Read more here.

“Life in the Landscape” Series

New Photo Series

TSG Potomac Library show Life in the LandscapeThis collection of photographs highlights beautiful & sometimes seldom seen moments of “Life in the Landscape” captured in our own Certified Wildlife Habitat and from local gardens and parks.

You can find framed pieces from this collection at Wild Bird Center, Gaithersburg located on Darnestown Road.

On Thursday, June 11th, this series will be on display at the Grand Opening of the Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg. Find details & R.S.V.P. here. I will be there to talk about my passion to use photographs to “bring people, plants and nature together.” Photos will also be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!

Many of these and similar images can be seen in my custom presentations that I deliver to garden clubs, home owner’s associations and various other organizations. To schedule a presentation for your group, please check out my new Speaking page where you will find a list of topics and references. As The Soulful Gardener, I know that every time we enter into nature, she greets us with wonderful and sometimes unexpected surprises. “Mother Nature never lets us down.”

Please share this post and The Soulful Gardener, website with your friends and family. What is better than a garden full of friends?