Springtime Crafts – Enjoy the Spring Outdoors!

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The sun has been shining warm and bright for days now here in Missouri. Almost every night we get a beautiful Spring shower and the afternoon clears up to a beautiful day! Birds are chirping, squirrels are coming out of their homes, and I spend time outside every chance I get! Today I’ve compiled a […]

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Backyard WildLife Habitats

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There are many benefits to green living.   One of my favorites, and one that I wasn’t expecting was having my small suburban yard become a wildlife haven. Fred and I have always loved being outdoors. Gardening and yard work are a big part of our lives.   15 years ago we started making small […]

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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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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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{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 and Gardening} The Joy of Native Plants

As I step out the door into my backyard, I can feel a nip in the air on this late summer morning.   The sky is an unbelievably bright blue with a just a few small puffy clouds overhead.  This is one of those days we long for in the upper Midwest, pleasantly cool temperatures, no […]

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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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{Green Living} How to Remove Rust from Metal

 Photo: Cat Sidh Rust is another name for iron oxide, which occurs when iron or an alloy that contains iron, like steel, is exposed to oxygen and moisture for a long period of time. Over time, the oxygen combines with the metal at an atomic level, forming a new compound called an oxide and weakens […]

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