Grand gardens in small spaces

Take a walk through urban gardens with me. Gardens have a magic all their own... Inspiring, relaxing, and healing me on my daily walks. When I take my daily walks, stopping to admire the colors, scents, and shade near an urban garden is a welcome resting point for me and my children--and my dogs!...more

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Sending you special mommy hugs :-)
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Planting a Rose Cutting - Beautiful, Vintage Garden Rose Arch

Visiting Teaching; I did it yesterday. It's a program in our church woman's organization that assigns every woman two lady visitors who come by, share a message, know your name, and help you when you need it. It's a wonderful program. Most of my good friends in my neighborhood are the result of Visiting Teaching. This is the first time I'd ever been to see Sister Baker. ...more

Victory Gardens: Now a Misdemeanor

When it comes to landscaping it may seem what's good enough for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue should be good enough for the working class neighborhoods of America, but Oak Park, a Detroit-area community in Michigan, disagrees.Students from local schools help Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and First Lady Michelle Obama, plant the 2011 White House Kitchen Garden. ...more

Summer Reading for Kids - The Rose in My Garden

The Rose in My Garden is a wonderful collaborative work by Arnold and Anita Lobel....more

Fava Greens and Fava Beans

Sometimes I feel so incredibly small. Swallowed by the sea of information I attempt to swim in each day. The internet does that to me sometimes. Makes me feel even tinier in scope of the big picture....more

Jeanine, you're like me when it comes to having many interests. I can't do everything I'd like ...more

Can I eat this yet? (A vlog question from the garden)

Help! I have a question about my garden! Please take a look at this short video question and offer me some advice (thank you in advance). ...more

5 Tips for Spending Less to Eat Healthy

It can be difficult to serve healthy meals when you have only a small food budget, especially when you are feeding other family members as well. Food costs continue to rise, even when income levels do not. This means that many people are bringing home less food than they used to while spending the same amount of money.  ...more

It does. I do not buy a lot of meat myself.

Shannon L. Buck, Freelance Writer


What I Wanted To Tell You Was... Never have I seen such a damaged piece of earth as the one that I live on. Six years ago, or thereabouts, we bought this, our first home. We looked it over, we cruised the neighborhood, we had the house inspected. We would drive by, visit, leave and come back. The location? Perfect. It was close enough but not right in town. By all accounts, the neighborhood was improving significantly. There was no HOA, something that Michael is vehemently opposed to. In the end, we bought it and soon after, I sunk a spade into the earth and turned it over....more

How Does Your Garden Grow?-Aroma Cucina

How Does Your Garden Grow?-Aroma Cucina 'Tis orto season! This year we planted tonnage...what was I thinking? Should be a bountiful season if our garden mascot does her job properly. What's in your garden? ...more

It's Springtime: How do You Use Up Lettuce and Herbs?

When asking people about their weekly produce box, I heard from many of you who belong to Community Supported Agriculture Groups (CSAs). Y’all have reported that springtime is the most difficult because your farm share is flush with lettuce and herbs. So flush that your family starts looking like a bunch of rabbits and you spend all your time clearing every possible surface in preparation for drying out little leaves. (This is not just a problem for those in CSAs but also for all you over-eager gardeners out there.) I get it. I mean, how much lettuce and herbs can you really eat?  ...more

Somehow I have never become a gin fan, despite repeated samplings at my in-law's. But I ...more