Getting Dirty In The Garden

Lot’s of planting and pulling weeds this week as the garden gets going.

Remembering that I have garden aprons to lessen the dirt that I bring indoors,

I rummaged through the potting shed to find this linen apron.

I designed and sewed this apron for Country Gardens Magazine a couple of years ago.

The pattern and images appeared in the Fall issue of 2014.


It was a dream come true to travel to the Better Homes And Gardens Test Garden’s and

co produce the story with my friend Kate Carter-Frederick.

I ended up having to model for the story, and though I was in the most lovely gardens,

was completely out of my element!


This image looks simple enough.

I first held a watering can.

The pot was tilted many angles.

My shirt was unbuttoned-just one more!

The pot got really heavy!

They cropped this image-perfectly!


2014 was a busy year for the garden.
2014 was a busy year for the garden.

The garden was shared with many this past year.

Country Gardens magazine chose the little greenhouse and Rabbit Run Cottage to grace it’s cover in January,

and two garden tours brought hundreds of visitors to the garden this summer.

So grateful for all of these opportunities that this little spot on earth has provided.

To all of you who stop by Down To Earth Digs, and peek over the garden fence, thank you.

Soon another garden season will began in the little greenhouse.

I can’t wait to get started and tell you all about it.

Happy New Year, Stacey

Don’t Forget





To get your copy of Country Garden’s Magazine!

I produced this story, along with Kate Carter Frederick…how to make a very easy and functional garden apron.

Country Gardens is even giving away an apron!

 A Gardeners Apron

Behind The Scenes

Country Gardens behind the scenes.

Shot last September at Better Homes And Gardens Test Garden

It was a perfect cool, sunny morning.

Art Director Nick Crow

Producer, Editor, Writer Kate Carter-Frederick

Photographer Jacob Fox

Assistant Jennifer Caes

So fun to work with all these talented people.
So fun to work with all these talented people.

My Dream Job For A Day

Last year I had the complete pleasure of working with Country Gardens Magazine!

A simple little garden apron took me on an amazing journey.

In September last year, I traveled to Meredith in Des Moines IA and spent a day in the

Better Homes And Gardens Test Garden.

I arrived with carefully stitched and pressed aprons, supplies and props (vegetables from my own garden).

Art Director Nick Crow, Producer and Writer, Kate Carter Frederick

Photographer Jacob Fox and Assistant Jennifer Caes,

they took my nerves away in the first 5 minutes.

To style for a magazine photo shoot, a dream come true.

Not so sure about the modeling part, but what the heck.

Check out the story in the Fall issue of Country Gardens.

You can even win an apron!

A Gardeners Apron

How Fun Is This?

How Fun Is This?

A week of garden fun at the Waseca Public Library!
I’ve been invited to kick off Garden Week.
Excited to chat about the garden and my fun experience having the garden photographed for Country Gardens Magazine.
OK, a bit nervous about this too!!!

Let’s Talk About Gardening

Let's Talk About Gardening

I have been invited to speak at a few local libraries!
Let’s chat about the garden, greenhouse and the Country Gardens magazine visit.
I will share lots of images from the garden.
If your local, I would love to meet you!!!

May 5 1:30 pm Janesville, MN Public Library

May 12 7:00 pm Waseca, MN Public Library

Garden Projects Of Rural Practicality

Garden Projects Of Rural Practicality

I made this wattle fence from an old iron bed frame.
Cut several green branches longer then the frame size and weave through the rungs.
Trim the edges when your done.
You may want to wear gloves, it gets a little tougher as the you go!
Plant little climbing annuals near this for a pretty Summer accent in the garden.

Another Look Back

Another Look Back

Karla Conrad, photographer for Country Gardens Magazine getting that magazine image of Rabbit Run Cottage.
Field Editor and story Producer, Kate Carter Frederick came up with the adorable shot of Lucy sitting on the porch of her sweet playhouse.
This is my favorite photo.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

I thought it would be fun to show some of the images I took of the wonderful Country Gardens team at work.
Field Editor and Producer, Kate Carter Frederick carefully chose the areas of the garden she wanted to capture.
Karla Conrad was the photographer, along with her assistant Jennifer Caes.
Cameras, cords, equipment, oh, my!