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Gardening Around the Edges

Today is the 50th Earth Day! Although most of us can’t go out in nature to appreciate our planet this year, we can go out and garden. Even if it’s just containers on your balcony or herbs in your window. As most of you know, I live on a lot and a half in a […]

Earth Day Sale on All Seed Savers Books

Before I forget to mention it, don’t miss my biggest sale of the year, the Earth Day sale. In 2014 I actually did an Earth Day tour in Texas. At that time only the first three books in the series were out. It was an amazing time and I enjoyed meeting many wonderful people. So […]

Book Discussion Questions for Seed Savers-Lily!

Recently I posted discussion questions for Seed Savers-Treasure.Today I am adding questions for the second book in the series, Seed Savers-Lily. The questions can be downloaded by the link at the bottom and are also available under Resources on the publisher website here. I hope you enjoy reading Seed Savers-Lily, a story set in a […]

Happy Easter 2020!

I’ve always loved Easter. This year with the pandemic bending the cultural traditions of many of us, I thought it more important than ever to keep the traditions I had control over. So I dug deep in my cupboard, not knowing whether I had an egg dye kit or not. I figured I have food […]

And Yet Another Tomato Blog Post

Tomatoes are amazing. Or rather, tomato seeds are amazing. (Don’t get me wrong, tomatoes are amazing too.) I just finished replanting my pepper plant seeds (a lot of the hot peppers failed to germinate), but when I checked my tomatoes–every pot had someone in it. Amazing. It’s amazing because none of the seed was new. […]

Seed Savers-Treasure Now has Book Club Questions!

As people have become more interested than ever before in gardening due to Covid19, I’m hearing from more book clubs that they are reading Seed Savers! So I’ve finally gotten in gear and written some book discussion questions. So far I have them for book one, Seed Savers-Treasure, with questions for the other books to […]

Cherry Pie & the Pandemic Blog Post

These are the tart “pie” cherries I stayed up late one night last summer pitting. It was too late in the evening when I picked them from my parents’ tree, and I sat up by myself past 10 pm pitting them one by one. It wasn’t fun. Now, though, I’ll soon be enjoying a fresh-baked […]

Doing My Part During Covid19

  In my last post I discussed what I was doing to be a helper during this time of crisis. Not feeling like I was a good enough seamstress to help with sewing masks (my daughter’s significant other works in a hospital), I pleaded “gardening.” Authors (of which I am one) are also stepping up. […]

Which American Girl Doll Are You?

“You’d be a terrible American Girl doll!” my daughter said with disapproval. I’ll admit, no one had ever hurled this insult at me before. My daughter is 27 and lives in Indiana though a good portion of her heart is still here in Oregon. We talk nearly every day on Facetime, yes even before the […]

Garden on Wheels

  I’m sure you’ve heard of Meals on Wheels and all the good work they are doing (and always do, but particularly needful at this time). Yesterday I did something for my parents I’m calling “Garden on Wheels.” This is how it all began. Here in western Oregon we have been basking in a week […]