Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14 A couple years ago I gathered a hodge podge of tiny props and flat ground growling herbs to make my little girl a fairy garden. I had always been captivated by… Continue reading Just Use Your Imagination, and your child’s toys, to Make a Fairy Garden
Because, even a good thing can get in the way.
I must have been about 10 years old when I learned what a Lima Bean was and tasted it after picking it right off an organic vine in my Grandpa’s backyard garden. Little did I know how these brief childhood experiences would impact me for a lifetime.
I will tell you how I have successfully grown okra and tomatillos after overcoming some local growing challenges.
Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old. -Winston Churchill How do you save these seeds? This was the question I was asked after I posted a reflective blog entry called, "I am an Heirloom Gardener on Foreign Soil". My husband was the… Continue reading How to become an Heirloom Gardener (Lesson in seed collection)
Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. William Wordsworth I am an heirloom gardener on foreign soil. Originally from Texas, I have Hispanic and Jewish… Continue reading I am an Heirloom Gardener on Foreign Soil
I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me. George Washington Carver I can second Mr. Carver's sentiments. Like Carver, I have a love… Continue reading First a Birder, Now a Bugger
What's a butterfly garden without butterflies? Roy Rogers I was admiring the flowers in my yard today and some moths and butterflies came fluttering in. I was able to watch them meticulously stretch out their tongues and place them inside each flower to draw nectar.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. -C.S. LewisWhen I talk to others about gardening I normally get one of two responses. The first is one of enthusiasm: "Oh I like gardening too. Right now I am growing (insert plant name here)." The other response is, "I just don't have a green thumb."… Continue reading Don’t Blame Your Beige Thumb!
The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly. -William Wordsworth Some of nature's daintiest flowers produce the most delicious and beneficial foods. Other flowers which are simply pretty to look at, provide pollen so that other flowers, fruits, and vegetables can be more plentiful. Some simple flowers act as great defenders, assistants, hostesses,… Continue reading Sweet Shy Flowers Are a Treat