Homesteading

Grow a no-FUSS Herb Garden

herb garden

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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3 Ways to Exercise Creation Stewardship From a Gospel Perspective

stewardship, creation care, environmental care

It’s calving season on our farm, and the other day at dusk the last heifer gave birth.  We watch the attentive bovine mama nudge her baby to a far corner of the pasture several times throughout the day. Safely hiding, the calf dozes on and off in the warm spring sun.  It’s a snapshot of…

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Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Stunning Cut Flowers

cut flowers, garden

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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Grass-fed Beef: Unveiling the Secret Behind the Label

grass-fed beef

When you swipe your card to pay for “grass-fed” beef, you need to distinguish between a marketing ploy and authentic grass-fed beef. Labels that identify a package of beef as “grass-fed don’t always tell the whole story,” asserts grass-fed beef expert Jo Robinson. Articles and notes litter my desk about the controversial and complex grass-fed…

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Gluten-Free Maple Granola Recipe: Made with Real Ingredients

Gluten Free Granola Recipe

The line at my favorite coffee spot coiled the length of the room and landed me right in front of a shelf stocked with “all-natural gluten-free maple granola.”  Since I had nothing to do but wait in line, I picked up a small bag of this gluten-free earthy, real food and read the list of…

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5 Health Benefits of Gardening and 4 Tips to Get You Started

health benefits of gardening

Whenever I think of gardening  I envision Mary Lennox, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s character, from the perennial novel, The Secret Garden.  Mary, a product of the Victorian era where children are to be seen and not heard, stands in front of her well-heeled yet emotionally disconnected uncle/guardian and with a lump in her throat, sheepishly asks for …

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