Gardening preparation check in: have your garden dreams dried up yet?

Yo, hopeful gardeners! Check in! How's everything looking with your starter seedlings?

If you haven't already, it's a good time to look at your babies and see who's past the germination deadline without showing any green. Some of my seeds have a very long germination time (10-14 days) but once two weeks is up and I haven't seen any proto-leaves, those little things are quickly replaced with new seeds.

This year I'm planting a bigger variety of plants than I ever have before. I've started most of them already (all that I had toilet paper rolls for!) because I have a feeling we're in for a warm spring. I don't think I'm going to have to worry about frost as late as I have in years past — so I'm kind of starting all my stuff at once. If I'm wrong, well…then I'll just start again. I've been late in planting seeds in the past, and everything turned out all right, so if I end up starting something late because I THOUGHT it was already covered, it's not the end of the world.

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Enjoy these frozen tart cherrytinis

I recently made the Frozen Tart Cherrytini and really enjoyed its tart sweetness. I used raw sugar and skipped the frozen cherry garnish since they didn’t have any available at our local co-op. If you find cosmos too sweet but like them in theory, this is the drink for you!

8 ideas for the bounty of mangoes this spring in Australia

As America picks over Thanksgiving leftovers and gears up for Christmas, I'm loving summer here in Australia, because summer = mango season. My partner Andy and I are mango-obsessed, so I was not terribly unhappy to leave the US in the end of October, saying goodbye to its snow. Especially because it meant coming home to a box full of mangoes.

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Let’s scheme about low-impact balcony decor for spring

For those of us apartment/condo dwellers in the Northern Hemiphere, it is NOT hanging out on the balcony season — but it IS balcony decor scheming season. Our balcony spent most of last summer in a state of crapped-out dormancy, but I vowed that next year will be different… so the scheming has already begun.