seed catalogs

February 12, 2018

It is that time of year – the 2018 seed catalogs have pretty much all arrived by now. These are exciting publications for us gardeners. Like many gardeners I began gardening from seed using Burpee seeds, which are ubiquitous. While I still appreciate Burpee seeds, my seed palate has been greatly expanded and I like supporting the smaller companies as well. My first foray into alternate seed companies was Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I love Baker Creek and purchase from…

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November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday for many reasons. Fall weather and those lovely colors. Not to mention the charming decor. Family & Friends! Some years our group is on the smaller side and other years, the house is bursting at the seams with big folk, little folk and dogs. Either way, there is love and goodwill throughout the space. Some of these folks, this is the only time we may see them throughout the year, what with distances and busy…

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walnuts, part 3

November 5, 2017

So continues the saga of the Great Walnut Harvest, which began here. Today was The Day to crack open the test walnut. It’s been a while since I’ve actually cracked a nutshell, what with the availability of shelled nuts pretty much everywhere. I whipped out the handy dandy nut cracker and prepared to do the job. Now, thinking back to the days when I used to have to crack nuts open using the same type of device pictured, there were never any…

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walnuts, part 2

October 30, 2017

If you’ve read walnuts, part 1, you may know that I am harvesting and processing walnuts for the very first time. We have an abundance of them scattered around. I thought to myself, this is the year! Why let them just sit there. Some for the squirrels and some for me. Win win. Please join me in the next step of this process, otherwise known as “removing the hulls.” When I last wrote, the walnuts were sitting in hot water…

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walnuts, part 1

October 28, 2017

I am harvesting walnuts for the very first time and am reminded of a great quote: “All you can do is admit to yourself that yes, this is an adventure, and to accept it as such, surprises and all.” -Hugh MacLeod (Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity)   We are privy to several black walnut trees and for the past few years, I have intended to learn how to process the nuts that fall to the ground in…

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like water

October 22, 2017

Some more goodness from the Tao te Ching, excerpt from chapter 8 (Stephen Mitchell translation): The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely…

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October 18, 2017

I love this quote by Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist) – “You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life.” If you have not read this book, give it a try. It is a great resource; full of wisdom, humor and common sense. Also, a quick, easy read. One of those that you can read a page or two at a time as you find the time, and get something out of in…

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signs of autumn

October 7, 2017

While I am a summer type of girl (love the heat!), I do enjoy seeing fall come on. The messiness of the garden, those gorgeous color changes, and odd wildlife behaviors enthrall me. It’s a season that is bursting with life and activity. After returning from our recent vacation and getting back into the rhythm of life, I took a few moments today to capture some of the beauty happening outside. It is unseasonably warm right now, but fall is upon…

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foliage in coastal georgia

October 1, 2017

We just got back from a trip to St. Simons Island, GA. Of course, I took a ton of photos and will try to get the best ones posted. For now, here are some of the ones I took of the local foliage during a walk in the neighborhood where we stayed. I don’t know the names of these plants, so if any of you do, please do post in the comments!    …

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summer in the garden

July 5, 2017

Are you enjoying your summer? Or is it winter where you are? Summer is my favorite season. I love the heat and, of course, I love the garden. It’s brimming with life right now. So pretty! Here is a peek at what the good earth is giving me. Cheers!    …

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