A Case of March Madness

Bare-root Mock Orange Plants
Bare-root mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii) is a native plant that will fill the air with the heavy scent of oranges with a hint of pineapple, a magnet for birds, bees, and butterflies. Not only that, but the bark and leaves contain saponins, which, mixed with water, make a gentle natural soap!
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First Sprouts of Garlic!

Sprouts of Chinese Pink, a Turban variety of garlicRussian Giant Garlic SproutsGreat news! Garlic is up all over the garden and it is looking strong! Of course, we would expect a good showing on the Chinese Pink, a Turban variety, known for maturing early. This is our first year for growing this particular variety, and we are looking forward to it being ready early in the season, right about the time when we are ready to trade our first-born children for fresh garlic.… Read more

Death by Garlic, Revived by Kale

Not a reflection - it's the willow tree, reaching for the blue sky
Not a reflection - it's the corkscrew willow tree, reaching for the blue sky in winter

Helllooo February! What a stretch of great weather we’ve had! If the groundhog saw his shadow, it was only because he wasn’t facing the sun!… Read more

How to Prune an Old Apple Tree

AKA: Rescuing the Old, the Warped, and the Neglected in Your Orchard (we’re talking about fruit trees here)

This old apple tree obviously needs pruning

Ok. I admit to having a certain level of pruning phobia. Cutting is just so drastic. So life-changing. So controlling. There is so much potential to do wrong.… Read more

Reflections, Resolutions, and to All a Good Night

In a dewdrop, the universe
Holiday lights - in a dewdrop, the universe! The magic is all around us if we look for it!

Let’s see. In my last post, I was devising a strategy on how to finish a long list of handmade gifts, which in reality, became a countdown to chaos.… Read more

Handmade Christmas Gift Strategy

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"Smiling Girls Give a Man a Handmade Felt Boutonniere as a Gift," by Volkmar K. Wentzel. Look how they are all smiling and laughing! He loves it!

It’s the countdown to Christmas. Is there any other holiday that gives us a running score of how many days we have left?… Read more

Thank You, Good Earth

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

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What to Do with a Phat Jack

Rising Phat Jack PumpkinMy daughter took one look at the Phat Jack and said, “They’re kind of like husbands. Nice to have around, but then what do you do with them?”

I’ll have to think about that one. Seriously, though, what do you do with the Great Pumpkin after Halloween has come and gone?… Read more

A Somewhat Unconventional Garlic Garden

After rescuing my website yesterday after near heart failure that I had wiped out everything, I had to get outside (note to website folks: the theme Atahualpa is a fantastic theme – and I love it – but it does not mesh well with WP e-Commerce, which apparently has issues under certain conditions).… Read more