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The Best of Shifting Roots 2017


Hard to believe that 2017 is almost at a close.  Here’s a look at some of the most popular and talked about posts this year.  I’d love to know your favourite in the comments!

The Post that Got Picked Up by Viral Nova

Last Easter I tried over 30 different methods of dying eggs naturally.  I document all my successes and failures and tell you which ones are worth your time.

P.S. If you need a way to eat all of those hard boiled eggs, head on over to Cheesy Eggs on Toast.  You’ll thank me later 🙂

Most Loved on Instagram

You guys went crazy for my riffs on minimal wreaths.  Both the spring and Christmas versions made it on to my top 9!


The Post that You Related To

In February, I asked what kind of post I should write to commemorate one year of blogging.  You said personal and I got personal.

It was one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written and it was terrifying to be that vulnerable.

But it had been on my heart for a long time and a lot of you commented or messaged me privately, saying that you could relate.

The Time You Helped me Figure Out How to Fit a Grand Piano in a Small Space

I came to you with a problem on Facebook, and you delivered.  While I haven’t compiled our process into a blog post quite yet, there will be a guide coming soon.

In the mean time, you can read a little about the saga of getting the grand piano into our 1000 square foot home and some of the furniture arranging process.

The Recipe You Had to Try

2018 was the year people actually made my recipes.  I love when you send me a picture of how it turned out for you.

This year, everyone wanted to try the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.  Haven’t tried them yet?  Don’t wait until next fall!

The Renovation that Finally Happened

2017 was the year of the great bathroom reveal.  You can see the before here and the reveal here.  If you like a good dose of Drama, you’ll want to read Why my Renovation is Like a Bad Episode on HGTV.

I’m hoping to finish the rest of the main floor by February so I can do a whole house reveal.

The Post that Went Viral

My friends constantly ask me what perennials they should plant in their yards, so I thought I would write a big list of what to plant and what not to plant.  It may also have been fuelled by having to pick over 120 ferns out of my overgrown flower beds this year alone…

Anyone want a fern this spring?

I digress.

If you’re looking for some good information and entertaining comments, you’ll want to read Gardener’s Worst Nightmares: 28 Perennials You’ll Regret Planting.

Thank You Readers!

I love writing this blog and I’m honoured every day that you, dear reader, are here, choosing to read it.  Thank you for all your comments, likes and shares, and for being the people that I can turn to when I need a second opinion about how to arrange my furniture.

Thanks for a great 2017 and all the best in the New Year!


Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!