When Gardening Is Not As Easy As It Used To Be

person holding carrotsThis may come as a shock to you (I know it shocked me) but I am not as young as I used to be. My body has hit a point where I can get down to garden without a serious problem, but getting back up requires a good deal of effort and sometimes a willing hand from a nearby child. Bruce and I are trying to plan for a future where we still want to grow food but will need some accommodations.
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Bats: Furry, Flying Pest Control

BatsOne of my favorite times of day has always been sunset. I love the colors and the way that the light plays on world around me. But my absolute favorite part of watching that sunsetting sky is watching the bats start to come out and start their night. I love bats! From the brown bats that we see around most of our homes in the US to the giant flying foxes that I would love to meet in person. Bats are truly amazing creatures. Continue reading

From the Garden: Veggie Taco Tuesday

veggie tacosVeggie Taco Tuesday? What do veggies and tacos have to do with each other? Well, I don’t know about your family but mine loves tacos. They could probably eat them almost every day. And why not? They have to be one of the most versatile foods on earth and even my pickiest eater will eat them at home when she can make them herself. Continue reading

Why Spending Time Outside Matters

family outsideLet’s face it. Most of us spend a portion of our day looking at a screen of some form – computers, tablets, the latest smartphone. Technologically speaking, we are more connected than we have ever been. We get news 24/7. We can watch videos on just about anything with a quick internet search. Continue reading

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

food recallIt’s an exercise which far too many people are finding themselves doing. Open the refrigerator, take out the bag of veggies or tray of meat, and check whether the contents are involved in the latest food recall.

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How to Prune Your Flowering Bushes

pruning bushFlowering bushes are a wonderful splash of color to your landscape. They provide a changing rainbow through the spring into the summer. But, pruning flowering bushes can be intimidating. Continue reading

A Primer for Extended Power Loss

emergency survival kitIt’s the emergency situation no one wants to think about: An extended power outage lasting two or more weeks. Continue reading

A Seed Saving Story: Grandmother’s Long-Lost Lettuce

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in March 2017.

This is a story of the importance of seed saving, and how a simple kindness from a fellow gardener helped me reconnect with my grandmother’s garden. Continue reading

Nailed It, Failed It: Lessons From Last Year’s Garden

Alli Planting Her GardenIf you have read some of my blogs, you know that I love growing my own fruits, veggies and flowers every summer. It connects me to the earth, relaxes me, and makes the meals I cook with fresh produce all the more delicious. The sense of satisfaction I get from turning dirt and seeds into a fresh salad or salsa is priceless. Continue reading

Paper Gardening: How to Grow a Successful Garden Now

Maine Garden HodJanuary and February – traditionally the coldest, bleakest months of the year – have one highlight, something like the gardener’s version of the swallows returning to Capistrano: the arrival of seed catalogs in the mail. Continue reading