Category Archives: Gardening

Six Seeds for Simple Collecting from the Kitchen Garden

One of Grateful Trees and Bees’ guiding principles goes like this: “Look around you for what’s required – life provides for necessity.”  We certainly employ it in our tree services operations, choosing to see the wood debris generated by tree pruning or tree removal not as disposable waste, but rather as potential firewood, wood chips […]


Harvest Fall Leaves to Feed Your Trees and Garden

It’s harvest time in the Piedmont of North Carolina.  At Grateful Trees and Bees that means we’re bringing in from our kitchen garden carrots, sweet potatoes, chard, peppers, green beans and the errant, late blooming tomato or cucumber.  It also means we’re eagerly awaiting the peak harvest season of our favorite autumn crop: leaves.  Or, […]



NC Irish Potato Planting Season!

Well, it’s official.  At Grateful Trees and Bees’ kitchen garden in Durham, NC the potatoes are tucked all snug in their beds while visions of epic growth dance in their heads.  The Farmer’s Almanac has a great online tool for determining the best spring planting dates for your neck of the woods.  This year, for […]

Backyard Gardens of Eden

Don’t let our company name fool you.  It’s pretty clear that here at Grateful Trees & Bees, we do trees and we do bees.  But we also do garden installations. I’m Jennifer, the wife of Grateful Trees & Bee’s owner, Jake, and more often than not, I’ll be the writer of this here blog.  Today […]