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Archive for the ‘Garden inspiration / observation’ Category

Dec 22

My Garden’s Gift to Me

My garden gifts me wonderful things all year long, but this year I think it sensed I needed a bit more…maybe a sign?


Mar 21

Getting Yourself & Your Garden in Shape for Spring

Spring equinox is March 20th around my part of the world and it’s coming up fast and furious. Now, I have to admit that doing my spring garden prep work was never a source of serious intestinal “knottage” in my earlier years. In fact it was a seasonal milestone that I really looked forward to…a sort of “back to school” feeling that everything was nothing but possibilities.


Feb 4

A Garden’s Language of Love

What makes a perfect Valentine’s Day? Many think it means material things given…a fine dinner, expensive jewelry, exotic perfume, a big box of chocolates. Really? I think all you and your love need do is spend some time in a garden. Well, ok…you can throw in the chocolates too.


Nov 24

A Thank You Note to HGEL Friends New and Old…

This installment of my GroEdibles Blog was originally posted at the close of HGEL’s first year in 2009, during the Great Recession. Though our country’s economy continues to improve, our world faces much darkness. Hatred fed by fear threaten to overtake compassion and kindness. Don’t let it.


Oct 8

Halloween’s for Gardens Too! Plants That Will Give Your Home “Spook Appeal”

BOO! It’s time to make your garden SPOOKTACULAR! I love Halloween and the fact that the modern holiday, having its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) or All Hallows Eve, in part celebrates the harvest makes it even more meaningful for gardener-types like me. This time of year, like the spring, […]


Apr 9

The Color Purple

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple Long a favorite color of mine when I design a culinary potager garden or edible landscape, there is now a much more important reason to not only include […]


Oct 23

Humbled by the Heavens

So much of my time is spent fully “in charge”, head bent, eyes focussed on the teeny tiny world of creatures in gardens and soil that it can take something on a celestial scale to shock me back to the reality that I am the teeny tiny creature within this wide, wonderful, humbling universe. Take a moment…you’ll be amazed too.


Mar 30


It seems to me that many times in our adult lives we abandon our bliss too quickly when we run into obstacles; not allowing time to figure a way through or around the thing blocking our way.


Mar 7

Looking over the Four Leaf Clover!

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing


May 28

America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job.

While enjoying this holiday, please take a moment to remember and honor our veterans’ sacrifice and prepare to help those returning vets through what may be their most difficult mission yet…coming home. Here’s one organization that holds special meaning for me… Farmers Veteran Coalition