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Quote of the Day: John Muir

May 17th, 2015

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

John Muir

I can’t help but thing about John Muir and his writings when I’m in a national park, especially one that he spent a lot of time in.
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Yesterday, Mr Chiots and I went bike riding in Acadia National Park. In the morning, the roads were closed to car traffic, which made for a wonderful time. When the roads opened back up we drove the loop to get in all the wonderful scenery, stopping at places we hadn’t on previous trips.
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You really can’t help but be in awe of nature when you are in places like this. When we garden we try to create beauty in our little corner of the world, but it really is at its best when left alone. We’re lucky to have such a treasure so close to our home.

What’s your favorite national park?

Friday Favorite: Green Grass

May 15th, 2015

It’s a beautiful thing to see so much green this time of year. It seems like all you need is a bit of rain and a few warm days and the grass starts growing like crazy.
I love seeing green everywhere I look. Soon enough all the deciduous trees will have their leaves and green will be once again the predominate color of the landscape. Even though I’ll tire of it later in the summer, I’m relishing the need to mow!

What seasons are most green in your climate?

Suddenly Salads

May 14th, 2015

I have had people ask why I take the time to start lettuce from seed under grow lights. This is why:
Lettuce from the Garden
freshly harvested lettuce from the garden
I’ve been harvesting salads from the garden every single night for the past three weeks. It’s been fantastic to have freshly harvested greens. My direct seeded lettuce is still tiny.
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For me, I save a lot of money by spending fifteen minutes seeding a flat of lettuce in March. I also love planting already established lettuces because they grow much quicker and shade out the weeds much faster, which means less work weeding for me!

What are you harvesting and loving from your garden right now?

Crisp & Tidy

May 13th, 2015

AH, I love a crisp edge. In my gardens in Ohio I always made sure to edge all my flowerbeds each spring. It’s a little like spring cleaning in the garden, everything just looks so much neater afterwards.
I realized this weekend that this might be the reason I feel like this garden is a little unruly. So I started edging a new garden area that I’m making.
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Last year I found this fantastic vintage edger at Liberty Tool. It’s perfect for this task, much easier to use than a shovel and much nicer than other edging tools I’ve tried to use. It’s worth far more than the few dollars I paid for it.
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You know, it worked. Instantly the garden felt a little less unkempt and things really look much more tended. I’ve got my work cut out for me edging around the two apple trees in front. Hopefully I can get a big truckload of beautifully black compost to use as mulch and then the gardens will look completely new.

Do you like the edge your garden beds?

Summer Garden Visits

May 12th, 2015

In June, my mom and I are headed to the Philladelphia area to visit gardens. We’re planning on visiting Longwood Garden, Winterthur, and Chanticleer.
I have visited Longwood on a few occasions, but somehow always during the spring bulb show and it’s been quite a few years since we’ve visited. I’ve been wanting to go in the summer for a LONG time and am really happy to be going back. The other two gardens I’ve heard a lot about, but haven’t visited before.

Do you have any recommendations for things to do and see in the Philly area?

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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.