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12 Suggestions for First Gardens

Are you new to gardening? Here are my suggestions if you are planting a garden for the first time. Always use planting recommendations for your local area. Instant Gratification: Radishes. Radishes can germinate in as little as 3 or 4 days! A sense of accomplishment: Tomatoes. Tomatoes are so easy to start from seed and…

March 2021 Garden Update

As March is easing out and April is peeking in the back door, I thought it was time for a garden update. The garden here has been, well, slow. It was 28 degrees outside when I got up this morning, so, yeah, you can see why even the radishes took their time braving the above-ground. […]

Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence Book Review

I just finished reading this great MG/YA book. I don’t know if it was a big deal when it came out or not. It was published in 2000 and seems to have won some praise but I don’t remember it from anything. It was just one of those books on my bookshelf that I’d never […]

Using Those Frozen Tomatoes

I write a lot of posts about tomatoes. Since it’s still winter this one is a recipe post. One of my favorite ways of preserving an abundance of tomatoes from my garden is to throw them all in a ziploc bag and toss them in the freezer. Seriously, no work. Not like turning them into […]

Grateful to be Back…Ode to Electricity

Like many places in the country, my family and I recently experienced a lengthy power outage. Although we never got the snow we were promised, there was snow all around and we got plenty of ice. We’ve lived in this house for nearly 30 years. It’s in town and in the past we’d never lost […]

And So It Begins…(Again)

The gardening. The past couple of years I’ve been growing a little tired (in the truest sense of the word) of gardening. Meaning, I haven’t been in a hurry to begin, or I chose to buy starts for some plants rather than early seeding them myself. But this year I’m finally feeling it again. A […]

Why Read a Fiction Series on Gardening?

As I mentioned a few posts back, I recently found a guest post I’d written at the request of someone who then never followed up. If they posted it out there without my knowledge, then mea culpa. I can’t remember who it was and don’t feel like sifting through old emails. 🙂 Why Read a […]

3 More Days…(Series Ebook Sale)

Hi there. I hope your Thanksgiving was great and that your Christmas plans are buzzing right along! In case you don’t receive my newsletter or subscribe to any of my social media, I wanted to let you know that all five Seed Savers books are half-price until Friday, December 4. This only happens once or […]

When Life Gives You Eggs…Make a Dutch Baby

So I’ve been meaning to post my dutch baby recipe for YEARS. In fact, before I started this post, I searched my website to make sure I hadn’t already blogged about it. I LOVE this dutch baby recipe. Over the years I’ve taken scores of photos of my babies, and now I’m finally posting! (Okay, […]

It’s Been Too Long

So it’s been a long time since I last posted. August, in fact. To be fair, it’s been a strange year. I posted quite frequently when the pandemic first hit. But sometime during August, Covid hit here and then everything changed. One of our adult children caught it and decided to move back in with […]