Why am I blathering about all of this? Quite frankly, to reassure those of you who are struggling with your growing endeavours that even seasoned gardening veterans get frustrated and need to shift direction now and then.
by MK Martin I'm going to mention the Grinch again, because it really is a story that laid the path for my life. I used to wish he would come and steal Christmas where I was, and everywhere, so we would all have to go outside and hold hands and sing. He never did, though … Continue reading What To Give
by C.E. Young I come from a family of makers, which isn’t surprising. I grew up poor. When you’re poor, making things is what you do. Year-round, if we couldn’t buy it we made it, but wintertime always had extra weight to it, likely because need is heightened. There were 6 kids in the family, … Continue reading The Odds and Ends
by MK Martin December: the sleepiest of months. When the sun goes down before tea time, and the garden is full of hungry little mouths, looking for what's leftover. blackest night, coldest dawn, sharpest wind, time moves on. Often, this month arrives with anxiety for me. I have never been very good at celebrations, often … Continue reading Creative’s Calling. Will you Answer?
My hope is green, eternally, like my tomatoes. The first year I grew tomatoes, it was a year of perfect weather. The last of its kind. A unicorn summer of bursting, fleshy sweetness and easy breezes. For the seven years hence, it's been one Farmer's Worst Case Scenario after another. Aphids. Surprise frosts. Early blight, … Continue reading Close Enough
Recently, a friend said to me: "If you want to encourage others to consider food as sacred and be mindful of what they're eating, you should probably start by doing so yourself." He was right.
What happens if you're living with aging parents who refuse to even consider it? Or if your partner is terrified of what the neighbours will think when yours is the only lawn covered in kale and zucchini instead of grass like everyone else's?
Have you tried growing plants but concluded that you just can’t do it? If you got discouraged but still really want to garden, I promise that you can succeed at gardening. You may need to shift how you think about it and approach it, but anyone who truly wants to garden can do it.
Are you interested in growing your own food plants, but intimidated by the prospect of doing so? Here are some delicious, hard-to-kill plants for newbie gardeners to ease into.
Stand next to a plant that looks bright, and green, produces something (in theory) that you might eat. Say hello. Do it in your head, if it makes you feel less silly. Feel less silly, anyway, when the person standing next to you is also talking to seedlings.