Back to school? Naw, just the Garden!

No, it's not time to start thinking about "Back to School" but it is time to get a look at a newly sprouted school garden.  This spring my daughter's 2nd grade teacher (Mrs. Kwid) proposed creating a school garden as a community service project for all second graders attending our elementary school.  The proposal was …

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Early Morning Picks, Puzzling Peas and Smashing Strawberries

This morning it was time to get back into the garden to see what had transpired over the long Holiday weekend.  Since we've had high heat (upper 90's) for almost a week I wondered...will it (the garden) be friend or foe?  In other words, will my "to do" list have grown more than anything else …

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Great Gardening Weekend Satisfies the Soul

Wonderful weather can make a great gardening weekend!  Of course, there are lots of fun things to do during nice weather but this weekend was very productive in the garden.  I think because it was the first real "feeling" of summer here in the Intermountain West.  Some of you know what summer is like here …

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Friday Favorite: Fresh Cuts From the Garden

Don't you just love, love, love the first cuts from your garden!  Yesterday was my first cut of spinach and chives. The first harvest of spinach was just enough to add a little color, nutrition and rich antioxidants to a simple pasta dish.  I steamed the spinach in a colander set above the pasta while …

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Busy with Berries

My favorite fruit is berries. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, Marionberries, loganberries, huckleberries and probably others I don't know of yet.  Remember Bubba in Forest Gump and how he liked shrimp?  Well that is how I am with berries. I like them fresh, frozen, heated, blended and maybe even sautéed. I can always enjoy berry pie, …

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This Mother’s Day was for Seizing the Moment and the Helpers

Mother's Day! What a grand holiday  for mothers that are also gardeners!  For it is without a doubt the best day of the year to recruit "garden helpers."  It is a day where the willingness to do something nice for Mom combines with the fresh breath of Spring helping the most hesitant of gardeners get …

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Fun Friday! Busy Building School Garden

Today I am volunteering at our neighborhood elementary school to 'build out' a raised bed vegetable and flower garden. Hope to share some of the highlights next week. Did you know anything raised in a school garden can be served by the school cafeteria in lunches and can also be used at snack times? What …

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