Yearly Archive: 2012

Dec 30

Christmas Present(s)

christmas 2012

Of course much of what happens at holiday time centers around giving and receiving. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach children. When ours were old enough to understand, we would take an afternoon and go through their toys. “If you want good things to come to you” we would say, “you need to make …

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Dec 29

Christmas Future

Christmas Calendar

Christmas is the most exciting time of year for many kids. “Mommy, when are we going to make the Christmas cookies?” “Mommy, when are we going shopping?” “Mommy, when are we going to get the tree?” “Mommy, when are we going to watch Rudolph on TV?” Multiply that by 2 and repeat throughout the day. …

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Dec 28

Christmas Past

our grandson Sprout

The most wonderful thing happened this year- Mandolin and I became grandparents, just one week before Christmas. With the holiday approaching, my daughter and her husband started considering what they will do when the time comes to talk to Sprout about Christmas. You see, we didn’t tell her and our other kids about a jolly …

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Dec 25

From All of Us to You

Merry Christmas

By their very nature, gardeners are a giving sort; always happy to pass on tips and seeds. Since this is the season of giving, we decided to celebrate by handing out 5 signed copies of our gardening manual to you. Well, maybe to you- an online randomizer will pick 5 names from all those submitted. …

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Dec 23

Foolproof and Fabulous

a variety of garden beans

There are so many varieties of beans to choose from, it could make your head spin. Purple, green, yellow, and red, pole and bush beans, snap, shell and dry beans- whoa! A big variety is nice if you have the room and the time to keep up on the harvest. If you can’t always get …

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Dec 22

The Three Sisters of the Field

growing winter squash

Many gardeners have heard of this technique of growing corn, pole beans and squash together. A lot of what is on the internet IMHO does not explain it right, so you may just be surprised to know: The beans fix nitrogen into the soil, which the corn loves (you probably knew that). The corn supports …

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Dec 21

It’s the End of the World, As We Know it.

grow your own food

Today is the winter solstice, and as such one of our favorite days of the year. It means simply that the winter tide has turned and the days will be getting longer- little by little we are headed towards spring. Today also happens to be the day the Mayans stopped keeping track of their calender… …

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Dec 18

3 Reasons to Rotate Your Crops (Otherwise, Don’t Bother)

potatoes in the home garden

Most gardeners would agree that crops should be rotated, but the reality is that this is not always necessary. If you have a small garden, it may even prove impossible. Think about it. If you are growing any perennial fruit, vegetables or herbs, you already have crops that aren’t getting rotated. Why sweat the others? …

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Dec 16

Confession #51 The Brown & Yellow Chicken

free ranging chicks

We all have snippets of life that we will always remember. Not the major occasions like weddings, births, and funerals; sure we remember those. It’s those little moments that have meaning to us, perhaps only to us. Such was the case many years ago. My father had retired and he and mom opened a ceramic …

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Dec 15

How to Grow -Chinese Cabbage

tatsoi in the home garden

Also known as ‘Oriental Cabbage’ and ‘Asian Greens, this relative of head cabbage has similar likes- mainly cooler temperatures and shorter days. Like other greens it can also handle a little more shade than many veggies. Napa cabbage is often bundled into this category, but it is a different subspecies with slightly different needs. More …

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