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Gardening: Spring is Sprouting

Gardening: Spring is Sprouting My onions are sprouting and I have begun transplanting them into the new garden. I love onions and put them in just about everything I cook. Unfortunately I can’t remember which flat is the red onions and which one is the white. But that is a problem that will solve itself, right? (A toddler decided to play with my seedling tags, any guesses who that was?) My girls and I have planted two different kinds of peas so far. When I read the package I realized they are shorter peas, so my mental picture of the great-pea-and-bean-fort-of-2016 will probably have to wait until next year. I love reusing old egg cartoons to start my seedlings. Transplanting them into the bed gets a little wobbly so perhaps I’ll try putting them into egg shells propped up in the egg cartoon next time. I’ve also direct sowed bok choy, spinach, two kinds of carrots, green onions, artichokes (I have no idea what will happen there!) and two kinds of lettuce. Of course I forgot to mark which one was where, figuring “I’ll remember”. Um, yep, not so much. I guess I’ll turn it into a vegetable identification moment with my oldest daughter. My youngest daughter has discovered the joys of the watering can and will water anything. Including what you don’t want watered, like the driveway. Overall we are on our way to being able to get food we’ve grown ourselves. It is important to me to teach my kiddos where food comes from, the joys of gardening, working to get something you want and to have super...

Snow Day!

What a surprise! We awoke to find the world wrapped up in a beautiful snow blanket. My youngest had her very first snow day! Nature is always full of beautiful surprises. And do you see the checks on this kid? I know I’m biased, but what a cutie! I love going out into nature and discovering inspiration. Today it was delivered right to my front door! Where are your favorite places to be inspired?  Hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy this beautiful planet lately! What an amazing world we all live in.  Follow me here: Share this...

Seed dreaming – Garden planning

We are starting our garden soon. We’ve been poring over seed catalogs. Dreaming of a better tomorrow is always so much fun. It appears that we have good dirt in the back yard and I’ll be posting more as this develops. Now, what does this have to do with art? At the moment, not a lot. However, I hope to grow lots of yummy food and beautiful flowers. I plan to do some paintings out in the garden (pretending I’m Monet or Van Gogh). We hope our daughters learn how to grow their own food, see the connection to the land and how fantastically interesting nature can be. We hope our journey will be beautiful and tasty. I believe that this is a good way to “be the change I want to see in the world”. A line that is bantered about the internet often, but when I actually sat down to think of the change I’d want to see, this was part of it. Starting at home, spending quality time with the kids, giving them a love of gardening and plants, and understanding of where food comes from, eating fresher and healthier; all these things I want in my daily life. This is another way for me to instill a love of this awesome planet into my wonderful daughters. We protect what we love. Follow me here: Share this...