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October 8, 2019

Can I admit something to you? I love free stuff. I always have. In fact, I love it so much that when I was young and limited in my means, I… well… um… I used to steal stuff.

Please don’t hate me. There’s just something thrilling about getting something for (seemingly) n...

August 7, 2019

We’ve turned the corner; summer is half-over and this year’s garden knows it. The hopes and plans that were born last winter and spring have come and gone. Oh, there’s vegetables to pick and a few showy flowers that love the August heat, but most of the shine has rubbe...

May 7, 2019

They say a ‘watched’ pot takes longer to boil and I guess the same could be said of a watched seedling. Many a May I have found myself getting impatient for the garden to get going. Like the hunger that must certainly drive the cooking analogy, I am hungry to see what...

August 22, 2018

Until you’ve eaten Kale fresh from your garden, you may be wondering what all the fuss about this green roughage is. Kale salad, chips, sautés and smoothies appear on menus everywhere. (Well, maybe not McDonalds).

This is one superfood that’s easy to grow and now is the...

April 25, 2018

A seed. A hope. A promise.

That small kernel has big potential. Of course, it’s much easier to drive up to the store and buy a big, beautiful flat of flowers, yet there’s nothing quite as exciting as witnessing a green shoot spring up from the spot where you buried a se...

November 7, 2017

Visiting long lost cousins in Michigan this past summer, I was given little hairy seedpods from the homeplace my mom romped around as a young girl. After admiring the tall, blue spikes of her pea-like flowers, my cousin Pam broke off the lupine pods and told me I shoul...

September 19, 2017

It's harvest time! And if you've had a good crop of tomatoes this year, like I did from a plant someone gave me last spring, you're gonna want to save those seeds.

By taking a couple days to ferment the seeds - in the juice - you will have cleaner, more viable seeds. In...

September 12, 2017

As the summer sun fades, so do many of our garden flowers. If you haven’t already been cutting or pinching back the spent flowers in your garden, you may be ready to dig up the whole, shabby mess.

But wait. September is one of the nicest months in the yard. The August h...

August 1, 2017

Leaving the Rocky Mountains on a cross-country drive, I wasn’t looking forward to the slog across mid-America. With the flat, straight roads stretched before me, the blue sky took on an endless quality. In the distance, a patch of gold opened up and, almost like a mira...

May 9, 2017

Life isn’t always what it seems. Is it?

Sometimes it’s rough and hard. Forgotten. Or lost in the mundane.

When you look at a sunflower seed (right before popping it in your mouth for a snack, or possibly prior to pouring into your birdfeeder for your feathered friends),...

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