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A Letter to Our Neighbors

Dear neighbors,   Last July I allowed our broody hen to sit on (and hatch) two fertile eggs.     I knew that it was 50/50 that one would be a boy.         Can you guess which one? I sure couldn’t.     Broody Momma taught them everything about living in our garden chicken pen.    
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A Garden to Dye  For

I’m Dying to Get Started!

I’ll never look at a colorful plant, seed, flower, leaf, or garment in the same way again! A Garden to Dye For is a delight from beginning to end. As with all of this author’s works, it is honest, fun, inspiring, witty, and thorough. She has considered every angle and answered every question in a way that makes me feel
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Hanging Planter with Chain of Crystals

Catching Up ; Our Little Veggie Garden

Sometimes you get so behind on a project, you just don’t know where to begin. That’s what happened here. I’ve been waiting for the time to write about our new garden and chicken pen extension. Time for detailed posts never came. Change of plan. That’s what gardeners do best, we change things. Right? Below is the long-story-short, told by photographs: Our thirty-year-old orange tree
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Grounding shoes.

I’M GROUNDED

It isn’t every day that a girl wins a free pair of leather shoes, and not just any leather shoes. My new saffron yellow flats are “like no other shoes on earth.” They are grounded. Yes, a healing technology  – older than dirt –  has been rediscovered. According to the grounding discovery, when we walk barefoot on the earth there is a
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Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Garden Planter Combination ~Joy, Gladness, & Spendor

Our entire garden space is visible from our kitchen, office, and family room. It is a living, moving, breathing, singing addition to our daily lives. As such, we keep it groomed, fed, and full of color. This planter has spent over a dozen years on our patio. It contains my favorite combination of flowers: geranium, pansy, sweet alyssum, and rain
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Making compost

Compost: An Old Secret for New Life

 Is there anything you want?”… “Do you want toys, books, dolls?” “Might I Have a Bit of Earth?”   In her eagerness she did not realize how queer the words would sound and that they were not the ones she had meant to say. Mr. Craven looked quite startled. “Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?” “To plant seeds in—to
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May Basket Delivery

May Basket Delivery

This morning greeted me with newness. Springness. May. The month when flowers take the leading role in our garden. And the sky’s expansive canvas fills with color. And the air’s soft presence thrills with scent. As the calendar turns to May 1st, people all over the northern hemisphere celebrate the awakening of Spring’s fresh start. And for me — this
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Our Compost Sandwich / Vegetable Garden Experiment

Our daughter has a 12 x 12 area where we have been growing veggies.   The first year, it did great.  We grew about 50 spaghetti squash, some zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, flowers and herbs. The second year was disappointing. We were plagued by poor, clay-filled soil and invasive grass. I knew we needed to fix the soil in order to achieve
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What To Do About Freeze Damage?

Many plants in Tucson and surrounding areas suffered damage from below freezing temps, recently.  We recommend patience when dealing with the aftermath, but in some cases there is no doubt about what to do.  Below is a severely damaged impatiens plant that was happily growing and blooming in a pot on our patio. In it’s shady spot on the north
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Garden Treasures Orange Vinega 2r

Orange Peel Vinegar

Our 28-year-old Arizona Sweet tree  is  still  struggling, following the BIG FREEZE of 2010.  I can hardly bear to look at this once-spectacular plant without pondering what I can do to bring it back. I decided to remove about half this year’s crop and cut out all the deadwood. And then do what gardeners often have to do; wait until spring.
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