Make Dried Arrangements With What’s Left in Your Garden

Fall seems to be going as fast as it has come this year! The leaves are just starting to change here in Maryland and this is my favorite time of year. Even though we’ve had a few cold spells, it’s been super warm and even in the 80’s these last couple of days. It’s the perfect time to finish up in the garden! (Especially with Hurricane Sandy headed our way!) Whether it’s cleaning out weeds, breaking down tomato cages, laying down straw or a winter cover crop, even dead-heading your perennials and flowering trees.

Now is the best time to grab those Hydrangeas still in color, cut the blooms, and store them so you’ll have dried Hydrangeas for up to a year and color in your home throughout the winter. With the end of August came horrible storms with torrential down pours for the east coast, leaving ruined gardens and major flooding. ( See my old post on “How to Start a Container Garden” with pictures on the gardening damage I received this year) 😦

It took me a good 2 weeks to just get back to my garden due to the debris and high water levels so in the mean time my Okra went crazy and if you’ve ever had Okra that has grown too large, it’s too tough and woody to eat! (Which can totally happen in a day!) So, instead of composting it I decided to dry it this year for fall arrangements! Check out my video with my daughter Lyla who loves getting in the dirt as much as I do. We’ll show you how to dry your Hydrangeas and Okra from your garden to make arrangements for the upcoming seasons and year!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

2 thoughts on “Make Dried Arrangements With What’s Left in Your Garden

  1. This is such a great video, Kelly. I have pinned the post to my Pinterest garden board, and I’ll refer to it again. All of my hydrangeas are now completely spent, but I will remember this for “next time.” I love the look! 🙂

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