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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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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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Street garden

A Gallery of September Blessings

Our homegrown butterfly is released back to the garden.  Our Cape Plumbago reaches 4 feet, with its faithful sky-blue show of flowers. …providing tasty treats to our little flock.  …who then “scramble” for prime nesting spots.  … laying our biggest egg so far. Our mini street garden offers beauty to passers-by, and water to neighborhood birds. I write a letter
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Spice container recycle 3

Consider Your Options; Old Things Can Become New

Today began as usual — a blessed morning filled with possibilities.  While cleaning up breakfast — Jim’s yummy blend of fresh eggs from the backyard, potato, peppers, green onion, garlic and cheese — I noticed that our spice cabinet looked like it needed some attention. The lazy Susan’s were jumbled and be-specked, and upon investigation, I found that a few jars
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Pick a Pepper, Beck

After a few months of Arizona sunshine and daily water, our veggies are ready to eat.  For the past several mornings Jim has been treating us to his special scrambled egg concoctions, and…well…every day has been different.Yesterday’s entree was my favorite, so far. ( I say, so far because today’s breakfast is still in production.) Yesterday we had leftover steak,
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Garden Gate

Step into Our Garden; Peek into Our Lives

Step into our garden. There are places to relax, enjoy company, grow beautiful flowers, vegetables, herbs, trees and grass. In our garden everything slows to the pace of a dove building her nest… … chickens lay eggs for breakfast …and little feet run through sprinklers. Our garden is a home for school and for weddings, pets, grilling steak, and reading novels. This is
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burlap clad veggie pots

Growing Spaces in New Places

I’ve been seeking ways to add edibles to our landscape.  Last year we added a pot garden to an unused space at the back of our patio where we grew herbs, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and peppers.  Jim linked the pots into our garden drip irrigation line to help with the watering chore, because in the summer our pots need a
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Oleander trees

STEP,SNAP,GROW, ENJOY

For the past few years, I’ve chosen a word to ponder for the next 365 days. Last year’s word was OPEN.  It is amazing how many times the word influenced my choices.  This year’s word is STEP, a good word to follow open, because it continues the action of moving forward.  As a gardener, I enjoy the process of growth;
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9 o clock

Going the Distance, Backward

Hold on, just a minute!  Before you throw that orange peel, onion skin or dryer lint in the trash…or the vacuum dust, or the eggshells, the bbq ash, or the spaghetti sauce jar — does it belong there?  Are you sure?  I have learned the answer is often NO! I used to throw all these items into a plastic bag,
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