Personal Notes on Goal-Setting (& other everyday magic)

Does the new year mean a new you? Possibly. But I think we’ve been thinking about the business of goal-setting (aka New Year’s Resolutions) all wrong. Somewhere along the way between my first bike...

Small Good Things: Toyon & Mistletoe

It was a perfect December day for a walk. The sun was out, the day in front of us, and we were ready for an adventure (which is code for spending the day outside)....

Rose Hip Jelly

All rose hips are edible and nutritious (offering one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C) but, as with any fruit, some taste better than others. I find the hips of rugosa and...

How to Store Dahlia Tubers

Dahlia growing is serious business. It’s no casual, cut flower gardening past time but something gardeners embark upon year after year as if sanity and happiness depends upon it. (If you have yet to...

Fall Inspiration: Inside Garden Design Magazine + Subscription Discount

My latest issue of Garden Design Magazine arrived in the mail and I have to say they’ve done it again — it’s yet another issue filled with all sorts of juicy garden goodness. Discover...

Getting Away Can Make You Less Stressed & Happier

  You know the routine. Wake up, put the tea (or coffee) on, shower, make lunches, look everywhere for the match to the last pair of clean socks, somehow get the kids to school with...

Mom’s Brown Stew

  Fall is here and so too is my mom’s brown stew. The seasons are like that, reminding me of foods I may not have considered since the year before. Days on the calendar pass,...

6 Bulbs to Plant Now for Spring

  I'll take flowers in any season, but flowers that follow winter always stop me in my tracks. Especially when materializing (as if out of nowhere) from their earthy hibernation. Perennial shrubs like red flowering currant,...

Preserving Herbs: Make Your Own Herb Infused Vinegar

  Have fun with your harvest -- and don't let a single leaf (or flower) go to waste. Thoughtfully stored herbs stretch the flavors of spring and summer into the darker days of the year, and with...

Snap Shots from Community Garden Plot 31b

  The story behind these photos begins some two years ago or more. It starts around the time when I found myself stepping away from work as a school garden educator, where one of my...