Gardening

Grow a no-FUSS Herb Garden

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Mary Lennox, the lonely orphan from Hodgson-Burnett’s The Secret Garden, got it right. She asked not for toys, books, or dolls, but for “a bit of earth… to make things grow—to see them come alive.” The wonderment and satisfaction of watching things grow turned a sallow-faced girl into an exuberant gardener and a mindful steward…

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Rekindle Your Love For Salads (free salad recipes)

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(This post contains affiliate links) There was a time in the history of salad when iceberg reigned king of the lettuces. Much to the salad lovers relief, bland iceberg lettuce abdicated its throne to more veritable heads of green vegetation. Commandeering the produce shelves, assorted varieties of lettuces, kale, and micro-greens offer robust taste, stunning…

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3 Savory and Wholesome Asparagus Recipes (and more)

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My job is to make eating clean, wholesome food simple for you.  Research supports that eating well-grown food from healthy soil that is rich in organic matter produces more nutritious food.  Buying food from a farmer’s market helps you to avoid produce that has been hauled across the continental United States. Whenever possible, eat food…

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What You Really Need to Know About Non-GMO and Organic Labels

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Are you being bamboozled by marketing? Purchasing food is an investment in your health and the health of your family. A wise shopper will make it her goal to know all that she can about the food that fills her grocery cart. I recently fell prey to the marketing villain of product LABELING. Misinformed consumers…

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Frugal and Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

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{This post contains affiliate links, see my disclosure policy for full details} Once upon a time, a wedding was synonymous with expensive venues, caterers, decor, and entertainment. These days, a bit of creativity combined with frugal, eco-friendly wedding ideas offer as much elegance and fairytale flare as the splurge-level nuptials. It isn’t the dazzling display…

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Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Stunning Cut Flowers

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You don’t have to be a trained horticulturalists to grow stunning cut flowers. A flower gardener is anyone with a genuine love of flowers and a willingness to get a little soil beneath your nails. Flowers are nature’s paint.  With so many varieties of cut flowers available, you can choose the color palette of your…

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Grow Paperwhites Like the Pros

paperwhites christmas

  Up your gardening game this Christmas and grow paperwhites like the pros at the garden centers. How can I think about Christmas when the marigold and burnt rust leaves still cling to our sycamore tree?  Clusters of scarlet Aronia berries weigh heavily on the branches patiently awaiting their harvest for jams and juice.  Early…

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