• 2013 Garden
  • Peak into the Garden

    For Earth Day let’s head out to the garden! We inherited an amazing assortment of plants when we moved into this house rental. Buried under the weeds we’ve found so many goodies: Borage, lavender, oregano, chives, chard, garlic, flax, poppies, strawberries, rosemary, ferns, roses, to name just a few. We also have some pretty amazing […]

  • 2013 Garden
  • Spring Garden Plans

    Spring has sprung here in Sonoma County: seventy degree days, bright sunshine, occasional showers. Perfect gardening weather. Ideal weed growing conditions. So we have begun the process of reclaiming the front yard at our new house from the past three months of neglect. What can I say? We’ve been focused on other things. (IMAGINE THAT!) […]

  • 2012 Garden
  • Grow It, Cook It

    Our daughter has been pouring over a fantastic gardening cookbook for kids: Grow It, Cook It: Simple Gardening Projects and Delicious Recipes. Yes, a book about gardening and cooking — two of our family’s most favorite things! This cookbook aims to get children involved in growing and preparing their own food. What better way to […]

  • 2012 Garden
  • My (Lack of a) Summer Garden Plan

    Our spring perennials are beginning to burst into bloom: While we’re certainly enjoying the flowers in our front yard, I’ve made a radical decision regarding our vegetable garden this summer: we’re not going to plant one. I feel as though I only have so much time right now and I’d rather use that to dehydrate […]

  • Books We Love
  • Tips: Landscaping for Privacy

    I’ve been reading all sorts of wonderful gardening books from the library recently: Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard; Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living and The Essential Urban Farmer (never-mind that we live way out in the country!); Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into […]

  • Everyday Learning
  • A Quick Botany Lesson

    Did you know that pollen grains come in different colors?! I think of pollen as shades of yellow, but that isn’t always the case, as we found out with our Valentine’s Day tulips last month. The white tulips contained yellow pollen grains: These pink tulips, however, have PURPLE pollen grains: How cool is that?! Homeschooling […]