Wreath Wall DIY

I’ve made wreaths on this blog before so I won’t bore you with the details again. I’ve also made fun trees with grape vines that I love. But not this time… This time I’m making a wall! My girls want to grow climbing beans and I’ll be honest I prefer bush beans over pole beans…

Sage Wreaths

All this crisp autumn air has me taking long walks and lingering outside on these last snowless days, before the cold nips too hard or the animals disappear into their homes. It also has me storing up veggies, herbs, and seeds for next year. So as I shook out seeds from the Black Eyed Susan’s…

Toddler Fascinations and Moss Gardens

It hadn’t rained in two weeks until last night and the smell of wet dirt was heavy in the air. My toddler and I set off to explore our back woods and check on the little forts we’d been slowly constructing over the summer. Her fascination with moss caught my eye. We grabbed her pink…

Raspberry Hedge How To

Earlier this spring an acquaintance advised they were removing an entire row of raspberries from their garden. At $10-$20 a plant at any nursery I grabbed my shovel and invited myself over on digging day. I’d stashed my toddlers kiddy pool in the trunk and within the hour I had it full of baby raspberry bushes….

Friendship Boot Planter DIY

Here is a great idea to celebrate a special friendship in your life. Find a pair of worn out boots and fill with your favorite flowers. One of the boots is for your friend while the other is for you. Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. Beginning with a seed of trust, nurtured…

Windowsill Lettuce

In mid Michigan the winter can get long, really long, to the point where I want to buy potted plants to smell dirt and see the color green again. I’m also horrible about eating lettuce before it spoils in my fridge. Solution: pick when you need it lettuce. About two weeks before Christmas I pulled…

Flower Farm a Final Season

As we pulled up to the u-pick flower farm the stillness of the jeweled field of flowers was so calming. Alone except for the beetles, bees, and turkeys on the hedgerow. We helped ourselves to some snips and a basket, trekking through the morning dew and muddy lanes to find perfect stems. My toddler chases…

Creamy Tomato Soup Canning Recipe

A Country Garden Recipe I gave up buying processed canned tomato soup a long time ago. The taste of making my own organic soup far surpasses processed soups from the grocery. The newly discovered fact that canned soups have toxic BPA in them should be a wake up call to all of us. So today…

To till or not to till, that is the question

I have been gardening all my life, starting early on my parents farm. It isn’t easy, and it is a lot of work no matter how you decide to do it. I have had gardens using conventional tilling, in raised beds with purchased soil, and the no-till layered way.  Last season I shared with you my start of a…

The Art of Kokedama

My heart swells when I’m in my woodlot and I feel at ease. I could stay for hours just drinking in the sounds, smells and textures of all that is around me. There is something about moist moss that I am drawn to. The bright green patchwork gently compels my spirit to reach down and touch it as if it…

No-till Layered Kitchen Garden

Sometimes life throws things at us in unexpected ways and timing. This is how we found ourselves one early Fall day, with a project on a grand scale. Placed in our hands was a house on 2 acres that needed some tender loving care and a desperate make-over inside and out. It had been deserted and left for dead….