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A Year for Love & Book Making

  It's been 7 years since I began writing and capturing images for Pass The Pistil. When I started, I wasn't sure where it would...

Upcycle — Gardening on a Budget

What is it about coming across something perfectly wonderful when you're least expecting it -- at the thrift store, a garage sale or sitting...

Random Acts of Flowers: Learnings From the SF Flower Show

  There are 3 things that jump out at me when reading the line-up for the coming San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Make & Take...

Garden Making with Handy Helen

  Helen, aka Handy Helen, is a woman on a mission with a garden growing from beginning, middle to end. Most recently she's up to...

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...

The Gift of Trees

  It's no mystery that, as people, we're compelled by trees or that, as children, we're obliged to climb them. You could say it's part...

Community Squeeze: 5 Key Takeaways From Gleaning & Food Making

  Fall comes and I'm reminded my garden is far bigger than the confines of the backyard. In fall, apple trees, figs, persimmons, and fall...

What’s Trending | More Than a Farmer’s Market

I'd like to think every town across the county has a farmer's market to shake things up at least once a week -- seasons...

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Weeds

"Emily, come help me weed..."  The wave of complete suffering that went through my body was whole and dramatic.  The effort of holding myself...

Pay it Forward with Radical Acts of Kindness

It's not a typo. I did in fact use the word radical instead of random. Radical acts of kindness are a real thing. Radical...

Gardening Gone Wild

It wasn’t long ago I was struck with one of my many wild ideas to start a non-profit supporting pollinator gardens. I was convinced...

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

What's your goal-setting process? Does the new year mean a new you? Possibly. But I think we’ve been thinking about the business of goal-setting (aka...

Grow What You Love Book Trailer

 The Grow What You Love book trailer is just a small taste of what's in store for readers and anyone looking for simple ways...

Cider Making with City Fruit: What if every town had a community orchard?

  Is this a memo from the universe? I returned home from a fabulous research trip to Seattle when a friend sent this photo via...

Shooting From the Hip

"Shit or get off the pot."  This is a phrase my mother commanded on a regular basis while I was growing up and continues...

George Harrison — Gardener

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXX2W-jWvZI Love it.

What’s Your Mantra?

Mantras come and go while others stick. What’s your mantra? When I began writing Pass The Pistil I was filled with ideas — ideas spurned...

Show Me Your #GrowWhatYouLove

  What do you love to grow? A recent visit to New York City reminded me that, while we may live far and wide, we all...

Sneak Peek at the Grow What You Love Book! Releasing March 2018

Many of you may know that I’ve been squirreled away this past year writing my first book! The title of the book is Grow What...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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