Collard Greens in the Garden

In our garden this week we have lots collard greens. Collard greens are one of my favorite things to grow each year. They have a reputation for being southern, but greens can be grown almost everywhere because they are resistant to heat and cold. Collard Greens are more heat-resistant so they have a stronger southern […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from EcoEtsy

Rustic Wood Carving by Tanja Sova Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, not because of the good food, but because it’s a wonderful time to reflect the blessings we have received throughout the year. Have you told someone what you are thankful for lately?  Sharing gratitude is contagious. I love hearing what blessings others have received. It […]

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Decorative Pumpkins & Rosemary Butter Recipe

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I love decorating with pumpkins during the fall holidays.  Years ago while purchasing some, a stranger stopped me at the local produce market to tell me how much she loved to eat sweet dumpling pumpkins. She wanted to know if I had ever tasted one? I thought to myself those pumpkins can’t taste good? Sweet […]

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{Food & Gardening} Fall Composting Tips

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus We compost year round and like gardening composting has a seasonal rhythm.  Fall is the best time to optimize your compost results.  Building a better soil is the single most important thing you can do for your garden each year. Successful […]

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{Food & Gardening} Wings, Worms, and Wonder

Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A guide for creatively integrating gardening and outdoor learning into children’s lives by Kelly Johnson. My good friend who is an elementary school teacher recommended I buy a book.  She isn’t one of those friends who recommends I buy things. When she said I would like the book, I should have […]

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{Food & Gardening} Gardening Resources for Parents

This month I thought I would discuss ways to encourage natural learning in our gardens.  Whether your children, your grandchildren or the neighborhood children frequent your garden, you can create an amazing resource for educating our youth. Not just agricultural education either, academics is easily incorporated in our natural world. Ideas for Gardening Lessons When my children […]

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{Food & Gardening} Gardening for Insects

I am happy to see a trend to rethink our lawns. A few years ago we started rethinking our lawn, and I started planting garden beds just for insects. Our family has since been richly rewarded with more successful vegetable gardens and beautiful creatures to admire. These gardens have also shown our children (and reminded […]

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{Food & Gardening} Nature & Kids this Summer

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Our summer break just started and I know it won’t be long before the kids are telling me they are bored and ready to go back to school. So before school ended I put together a list of crafts and activities to help keep us busy and outdoors. Here are some ideas to teach, inspire, […]

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{Tuesday Treasury} Planting a Garden of Love

This week’s Tuesday Treasury winner is Fia from FiaNaturals for her treasury “Planting a Garden of Love”. This post and selection of the winner this week are courtesy of last week’s winner – Bee from The Wooden Bee.  Here is why Bee chose the winning collection: “I am passionate about gardening, so I loved how Fia added tangerine orange to […]

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