The Lavender

The Lavender

While lavender doesn’t have big, beautiful, ruffly petals it does have a plethora of other things that very few plants can offer. In addition to its beauty it provides protection from pests, a heavenly scent, many culinary and craft uses and its season is...
Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

We eat a lot of garlic around here. In fact, I would say I use a clove or two in at least 80% of our meals. So when I learned that it was fairly easy to grow your own garlic, I jumped on it. I was fortunate in that my dear friend, Susan, who has a beautiful and...
Self Care in the Garden

Self Care in the Garden

Before I head out the door to work, in the garden or flower field, there are several things I almost always do. Applying sunscreen is a big one for me. I spent many years trying to get a tan, but now I would prefer to not have more sunspots or wrinkles! I also want to...
Late Spring

Late Spring

These past few months have felt so heavy. There’s so much going on in our world that need and demand our attention that it has felt, at times, as if it’s hard to determine what gets priority (do you go to the vigil/protests/rallies even while being advised...
The Ducks

The Ducks

We’ve had chickens for a while now, but just recently we added two Pekin Ducks to the mix. They are so fun, sweet and adorable that it’s easy to forgive them for how incredibly messy they are! Due to our longer than normal cold temperatures, the ducks...
Favorite Gardening Books

Favorite Gardening Books

I have a deep love for books of all kinds. Growing up I would stay up ’till all hours of the night reading novels. While I was teaching, and then while raising our children, I collected masses of children’s books. And now I adore gardening/flower books. I...
Ramp Pesto

Ramp Pesto

I had a friend ask for the recipe for the ramp pesto I made, and I thought I’d share just in case you had some ramps to use up. I adapted my favorite basil pesto recipe for ramps and was quite pleased with it. Just remember, it’s very potent stuff! Ramp...
May Day

May Day

If there is ever a day to put a flower crown on your cat, it’s May Day Yesterday was May Day! Traditionally, May Day is celebrated all over the world in different ways but clearly the arrival of spring and the ushering in of a new growing season is the common...
Into the Woods

Into the Woods

We are very fortunate that we have a lot of woodland as part of our farm. In fact, the vast majority of our property is woodland that is surrounded by two creeks on either side. Bryce has cut trails throughout and I take our dog, Rosie, for a walk every single day....
Wild Violets

Wild Violets

Last week, our daughter, Grace, ventured into the backyard to harvest some wild violets. She’s a senior in high school, so Covid-19 and the lockdown has had a significant impact on her. Therefore, we’ve been encouraging her, and her brother, to spend time...