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Secret Garden History

A sign on one edge of the property advertises a family business planted in 1786.  Unruly piles of native stone spill over sections of untamed ground.  Something that appears to be a small communications tower looks oddly out of place.  Old cottages and decades old greenhouse structures stand mysteriously atop a hill.  If you aren’t […]

Continue Reading By on March 21, 2011 in garden, green, outdoor, sustainable

Early Spring Plantings & Blooms

oakleaf lettuce Spring is already bursting with life at our house, two weeks before the official start of the season. We’re being blessed with an early start to a plentiful crop of vegetables. The lettuce and broccoli seeds are happily germinating in abundance, less than a week after being planted in little indoor containers. bell […]

Continue Reading By on March 5, 2011 in eating better, frugal, garden, green, organic, outdoor, thrifty

Mail-Order Seeds for the Garden

I love the old-fashioned notion of mail-ordered seeds, because I can’t find enough selection where I live.  My catalog was, of course, the Internet.  Being more intentional about what we plant this year, I’ve chosen mostly heirloom and/or organic varieties.  I can’t wait for the girls to help me get them started inside.  I fear that I’m […]

Continue Reading By on February 20, 2011 in eating better, garden, organic, outdoor

Planning Crop Rotation

Routines help our lives run smoothly in so many ways.  My husband excels at remembering exactly when to do certain maintenance on the car and the house.  Immediately after a heavy rainstorm, he’s up on the ladder, cleaning out the gutters so they won’t become clogged with leaves.  He’s also faithful about the lawn mowing […]

Continue Reading By on February 19, 2011 in eating better, garden, outdoor

Groundhogs & Earthworms

Weather note:  So many people are enduring treacherous, blizzard conditions this week, especially in the Midwest and North!  You may be too busy shoveling snow to care that today is Groundhog Day.  Phil says early spring, huh?  While you’re taking a break and staying warm, maybe you’ll allow me to share about the outdoors as a classroom.  Then […]

Continue Reading By on February 2, 2011 in green, outdoor, Scrappy Sprouts, sustainable

Reading Rodale’s Organic Gardening Book

I was picking up a last-minute Christmas gift from the bookstore when I spotted a goodly green volume that became my own holiday treat.  It’s Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.  This 2009 edition promises to be a thoroughly updated version of the one first edited by J.I. Rodale in 1959.  I’m interested because of my family’s ongoing efforts […]

Continue Reading By on January 10, 2011 in book reviews, eating better, farm, garden, green, organic