{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{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 [...]

{Food and Gardening} Allotment Gardens in London

Photo from Linda Everett

My husband and I recently made our annual trip to the East End of London to visit family. On one of our daily walks we passed through St. James Park and came across the allotment gardens that have been an East End mainstay for many years and became very popular in war time. An allotment [...]