About Me

Hi! My name is Sondra and I am relatively new to gardening (about 3 years), so I decided I should keep record of my experience through blogging.

Over the past few years, I have started to eat healthy and thought gardening would be a perfect hobby.  There is only one small problem, besides a few tomato plants, I really didn’t know what I was doing! This is all trial and error.

So why Reclaimed Gardening? I love taking old ‘junk’ and saving a few bucks! I constructed an entire garden using Craigslist, auctions, and bargains anywhere I could find them. Now I have my own little piece of heaven that will keep me busy! You can find the construction here.


I married my high school sweetheart, who I met when I was 14 years old on the school bus. We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary on May 31st. We do own 3 dogs though (a Lab/Shepherd mix, Jack Russell Terrier and an English Bulldog).

My husband is a high-school teacher and I taught fifth grade for 7 years but quit for a variety of reasons. Infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss top the list of reasons why I left. If you want to follow my recurrent pregnancy loss battle you can check out this blog:

A Calm Persistence

These are the posts that I came out about our infertility

Merging My Worlds: Part 1 
Merging My Worlds: Part 2


In order to quit, take care of myself, and to be happy. We made some sacrifices.  I couldn’t ask for a more supportive husband.


My husband loves restoring classic GM cars. I don’t really help him, but I support his hobby. I love photography, but I don’t really know what I’m doing here either, but I’m learning.  I also love crafting, spending time with my family and cooking.


Hopefully you find this blog helpful and/or entertaining. Feel free to contact me at reclaimedgardening@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you. 🙂


7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Finally getting a chance to check out your blog…and it looks great! Can’t wait to ready more! keep up the great work!

  2. I came across your blog somehow. Wow. We have a love of gardening in common. I have pretty much taught myself after watching my grandfather over the years. Your strawberries look great. We have been enjoying ours as well. I love the canning section of your blog. I was always hoping to get a good canning lesson from my pappap and unfortunately now it is too late. My hubby built me (8) 4×8 beds. I have tried various things over the last few years. If you know a way to keep the bugs away from my cucs and squashes, please feel free to share. My most prized possession in our garden is the garlic we harvested from my pappap’s garden (over 5 hours from here) the summer he passed away. I replant the big cloves and it comes back year after year-bigger and better. I hope you don’t mind me snooping around your blog. It is awesome!!!!!

    • Awww! I don’t mind at all Christy! I’m so glad you came across my blog! 🙂 We do have so much in common! The boys told me you had a garden, but that’s about it. I’ve never tried garlic, but now that I have more time, I plan on expanding. I just may need some help with that. Now I know where to go! As far as bugs, I sometimes get squash bugs and I try not to use powders. Before I water my plants, I check the back of the leaves and squish the eggs. It’s kind of gross, but I hate the bugs more. It’s so neat you found my blog! Feel free to snoop anytime! 🙂

  3. Sondra…I never knew that gardening (and blogging) are another thing you’re really great at besides teaching. Best wishes as you start another chapter in your life! I’ve already bookmarked your blog although I’m not so sure gardening is in my future. Three kids…no time…have trouble keeping a houseplant alive sometimes. However, the strawberry pie recipe looks fantastic 🙂 Maybe I’ll try this one in the coming weeks.

    • Thanks Kris! I know that gardening and blogging will certainly keep me busy! I plan on posting more recipes this Summer. I always cook fresh, but never really had the time to post it. What you don’t see, is how last year everything died mid August because I started teaching 🙂 lol

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