Welcome/Willkommen/Bienvenue/Bienvenidos to my garden/horticulture site!

The Garden Maiden's welcome image. copyright 2013 The Garden Maiden

TALES FROM THE HORT SIDE: Here I will be sharing stories, projects, experiences, trials and tribulations from my Garden of Goods and Evils and other gardens and plant places. A garden is a constant work in progress, a continually changing pallet of flora and fauna. From this pallet I learn, grow, adapt, change, and carry on.  My garden (both edible garden and ornamental landscape) is a work of art and science…a work in progress that is. Read about me

Through this site and my blog I will journal and share my own experiences. Socialize with me (if you are into that) by clicking the links at the top of my site.

What’s new?
On Tuesday November 5, 2019, when we lost our female dachshund at 17.5 years old. She was the light of our lives since we picked her out of the litter around 4 weeks old. I hope to write a post about her although I could write a book about all that we went through and learned in helping them both, beyond veterinary care. Needless to say, losing two dachshunds just over a year apart, and having spend much of our time caring for them during the last few years with their considerable health issues, took a toll. Being on-line was the last thing I wanted to do. I will work my way back into socializing about plants and plant science. Mostly I am just posting or sharing some things on Twitter when the mood strikes. We now have TWO young, rescue dachshund-our buddy that arrived seven days before we lost our girl, and a two-year old miniature buddy since February.  The boys are enjoying our big yard and garden. Like our other dachshunds, they enjoy fresh veggies including snow peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and berries.  In fact, the youngest trickster has become quite adept at harvesting his own veggies.  Mostly they wait eagerly while I pick fruit and veggies so that they may share in the harvest.

Thanks for stopping by and please check back soon or follow my blog for updates via email. Follow me on Twitter for weekly updates and interesting information related to plants, insects, plant diseases, national and state parks, dogs, and more. As Facebook no longer allows Twitter posts to show up in FB feed, there will not be much there as I really do find FB distasteful.

**Please note that all images on this site are my own unless otherwise indicated. Each image is optimized for web and devices, therefore they are not high resolution. Please do not use or reprint any materials from this site unless you have obtained written permission from me at thegardenmaiden@gmail.com and then please properly give credit. Thanks!


A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

All images and text copyright The Garden Maiden, 2021


3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Henry

    Wonderful site. I was wondering how would you build a raised garden? Should we try stones or simply some wood products?


    • Hi Henry, that’s one of the wonderful things about a raised bed or raised gardens…there are so many options available, from styles to materials. From a greener standpoint, you would use whatever is local or can be recycled/upcycled. Three things to consider regardless are good drainage, materials that won’t leach harmful chemicals (especially for veggies/edibles) and ease of access (not too wide). I’ll be posting this spring/summer on mine and others. Stay tuned! I am also starting a pinterest board on this topic for visual examples.


  2. chanti

    Great site. Information I can definitely use. 🙂
    Can’t wait to see more!


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