Peachy the Magazine (articles) Aug Sept 2014 — On the Go with Valerie Rice - Page 8

On the Go with Valerie Rice ravage it. Currently, we’re harvesting mulberries, lemon cucumbers, tomatoes of all sorts, corn, peppers, peaches, blueberries, raspberries and eggplant.    Where do you see your blog going in the future? Photo: Evan Janke I never could have imagined all that has happened thus far, but I’m excited to keep going. It keeps me trying new things and to hear back from readers how much they loved a recipe, sharing about their own gardens or how it pushed them to try something new is incredible. 66 PEACHYTHEMAGAZINE.COM Do you have any beauty tips for gardeners? A garden requires patience and careful planning—and honestly, those traits don’t come naturally. I tend to design my garden spaces around colors that I love and sun exposure. In order to make plants thrive, they need great soil, proper sun exposure and the help of good mulch. Mulch is a multitasker: it works to keep the soil moist (needed in our current drought condition), discourages weeds and gives the garden a fresh and tidy look. It’s like a slipping on a new designer shoe with an old navy dress—it elevates the whole look.