A New Year…for the Birds

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So what came first the chicken or the egg? A few years back my husband and I decided to have backyard chickens.  I use the word “decided” loosely because there was not a whole lot of thought put into it on our part.  One afternoon, we had a conversation that it would be nice to […]

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Get a Head Start in the Garden with Winter Sowing

Would you like to get a head start on gardening without sacrificing space in your home or apartment? You can Winter sow seeds early outside during the winter by building mini green houses out of used plastic containers, which are all too easy to scavenge. The method called Winter sowing, and it is a very […]

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Walking in the Moonlight

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Winter Gardens A  North Idaho garden at  this time of year is a space of silence and rest.   The snow lies heavy and cold over the garden. A  few stalks of the giant sunflower stand skeletal against the barren snowscape.  As a gardener, I find the winter peaceful, but I miss the outdoor activity of […]

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Easy and Healthy Holiday Party Food Inspiration

Tis the season for indulgence and never-ending parties! Whether you are the host or going somewhere else, you may be getting bored with your traditional contributions. Fret no more! Here are three blogs I’d suggest for wholesome, homemade goodies. More Beets Please So I’ll admit, I am biased when it comes to More Beets Please. Nicole, the […]

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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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Bonnie Lee: It All Started With Potatoes

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Mim loves gardening. Liam loves potatoes. Mim loves spending time outdoors with her favorite little boys. Growing potatoes in buckets seemed a perfect way to introduce my  grandsons to the joys of gardening.  Liam and I got dirty mixing compost and soil, set the “eyes”, covered them and waited for something to grow.  Every week […]

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A More Humane Holiday Table

With holiday meals on everyone’s mind right now, I wanted to share some information with you about your main course.  It may be difficult for some of you, I know that many readers of this blog are vegetarians or vegans and I applaud you for your choice. If on the other hand, you are like […]

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Naturally Prepare Your Spring Garden This Fall

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Get a head start on your Spring garden by preparing great soil now! For many plants and animals, the winter is a time for rest and rejuvenation, but there is lots of action happening under ground even beneath a blanket of snow. Let’s think for a moment about the way a forest functions naturally… In […]

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Soup

Pumpkin peanut butter soup is quick and easy to make and requires few ingredients.  The first time I made it I was low on ingredients to work with.  I had a plenty of pumpkins from my garden, peanut butter but not much else!  Hmm, what to do?  When I searched online for “pumpkin” “peanut butter” […]

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