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Quote of the Day: Henry Beston

August 28th, 2016

“Nature must never be anything else but an alliance. Alas, I know well enough that nature has her hostile moods, and I am equally aware that we must often face and fight as we can her waywardness, her divine profusion, and her divine irrationality. Even then, I will have it, the alliance holds. When we begin to consider nature as something to be robbed greedily like an unguarded treasure, or used as an enemy, we put ourselves in thought outside of nature of which we are inescapably a part. Be it storm and flood, hail and fire, or the yielding furrow and the fruitful plain, an alliance it is, and that alliance is the cornerstone of our humanity.”

Henry Beston in Northern Farm

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Lovely Lavender

August 11th, 2016

At the beginning of July I stopped at Glendarragh Lavender Farm in the next town over. I needed to get both fresh and dried lavender to make infusions with jojoba for a blog post on The Jojoba Company’s website. The air was thick with the smell of lavender, it was quite amazing. It’s a wonder I didn’t sleep on the way home with all that lavender in my car. As far as herbs, lavender isn’t my favorite for scent, but it has been growing on me, especially the fresh lavender I got from the farm. I find some types of dried lavender to be a little overpowering.
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Currently, I don’t have any lavender plants in my garden, they were all left in Ohio. This past winter I winter sowed a packet of seeds and have a few tiny lavender seedlings that need transplanting to the nursery beds. In a few years I’ll be able to harvest my own lavender for infusions. Head on over to The Jojoba Company’s blog to see more photos of this lovely farm and for directions to make a lavender infusion.

What’s your favorite herbal scent?

Car Full of Plants

June 15th, 2016

This past weekend Mr Chiots and I headed off to Vermont for a quick visit to a nursery with a lovely garden and lots of rare plants. Of course I came back with a car full of plants.
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What made it home in my car and where did we go? Find out tomorrow. I’ve been busy catching up after traveling and madly planting things I purchased this weekend.

Ear Protection

May 20th, 2016

I’m serious about ear protection and I have very sensitive hearing. I’ve never listening to loud music and never liked loud noises of any kind, especially a lawn mower. I used to have a pair of custom fit musicians ear plugs that I wore at wedding receptions and when I used power tools and loud machinery. They finally wore out and I decided to buy a box of these foamy soft 3M ones. I use them a few times before tossing them and grabbing a new pair. While I love the previous custom earplugs I had, I didn’t want to spend the money for a new pair, I find these are super comfortable and I can wear them all day. I’m not usually one to use disposable products, but I do love these babies!!!
I highly recommend using ear plugs if you are using a mower or other loud equipment. If you don’t like things in your ears and haven’t liked other earplugs I think you’ll like these. I’m so glad a friend gave me a pair last year because I was able to see how comfortable they were compared to other brands. Now, I carry a pack of them in my purse and in the glove box of each car. I’ll never be caught in a loud situation without earplugs again!

Do you wear hearing protection?

A Fun Giveaway

March 24th, 2016

If you’ve been reading here for a while you know that I do social media for Fairy Gardening. Since I don’t have ads on the blog, I have to find other ways to pay the bills associated with it. I have a few social media clients, Fairy Gardening has been one for many years. I first made a fairy garden with my nieces and nephews and realized what a great tool it is for getting kids excited about gardening. Recently, they came out with a few fun new items and I figured I’d do a giveaway here, because they are so very cute. If you don’t have a dedicated fairy garden, you can put them in your houseplants.
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I think these are pretty cute, I’m certain my nieces/nephew would LOVE these. All you have to do for a chance to win is to comment below. In a week or so I’ll choose a winner. Check back next week, I’ll be doing another giveaway of Fairy Gardening doors. And if you’d like to support the blog and keep it ad free, consider a donation, use the button to the right.

Do you have a fairy garden? Any great advice on ways to get kids interested in gardening?

Our winner is Sofia:
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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.