Gardening fosters that adaptive quality in us. It keeps us humble, flexible, and creative. I started out the year determined to grow lots of cucumbers and finally put up a stellar supply of pickles. A dream for another year, I’m afraid. No one likes to talk about pests, bugs and bacterial wilt. This is definitely not […]
R and I like to take a big stack of books outside to a shady spot and read, and read, and read. All that reading calls for a good tea. Tea with kids in the afternoon can be tricky with all that caffeine. Look no further than hibiscus iced tea. With the addition of some ginger, […]
For me, there is no greater time of the year in Minnesota than this fleeting height of summer. When the days start early and the sun shines long. The sun is our heartbeat, keeping us strong and well. Warm on our shoulders, twinkling in our hair, growing kid freckles and garden fruits. OH the garden fruits!
On the heels of our massive raspberry harvest, we begin the blackberry harvest! Oh I do love having a constant supply of fruit in the yard. Now some of you might not bat an eye at my harvest. I hear walls of plump blackberries grow like weeds in some parts of the world. Well, this is […]
Call it beautiful, or call it lazy – I love to let plants set seed throughout the garden beds. The unruliness of seed and flower stalks flapping to and fro reassures me that life is beautiful even when I don’t have everything buttoned up and put away. They sorta scream “Just relax, it will be what it […]
Pruning. That’s a fancy word for saying “get your shears out and make some sense of that jungle!” When we prune our plants, we cut off parts of the plant that are sick, crowded, or just unnecessary. This helps to direct the plants energy into other tasks; ones us humans have deemed more worthwhile…like growing us bigger tomatoes! […]