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Quote of the Day

March 15th, 2015

“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”
~Author Unknown


Friday Favorite: Renee’s Garden

March 13th, 2015

I’ve been buying seeds from Renee’s Garden for many years. One of my favorite things about her seeds is that you can get multiple varieties in one package. This year I got the Long Harvest Broccoli that contains three different varieties in the seed packet. This is so handy for those of us that don’t want to buy three different packets of seed but would like to grow a few different varieties. I’m really interested to see how this work, I’d love to have a longer broccoli season.
Renees garden broccoli
The seeds are color coded as well, so you can label them as needed. These were the zucchini seeds I planted two years ago.
color coded seeds
I’m so appreciative that Renee takes the time to develop handy things like this that are so helpful for the home gardener. Her varieties are also selected specifically with the home gardener in mind.

Do like to grow multiple varieties of the same vegetable?


March 12th, 2015

AH – you always know that spring is right around the corner here when the wasps and flies come out of the woodwork, literally! There’s a constant buzz in the house of flies and wasps in the windows.
buzzzzz 1
It’s really rather annoying, the constant buzz, the insects flying around, the wasps hiding in your shoes and stinging you if you don’t notice them there. There’s no walking around in socks because the wasps are everywhere.
buzzzzz 2
Every time the flies come out I have to laugh and think about The Bucolic Plague. They deal with an infestation of flies in their new home as well. The good thing is that our new little cat LOVES to chase and catch them all, so it keeps her occupied and out of my seedlings. I guess there is a silver lining in almost everything.

Are there any negative side effects of spring in your home/garden?

Drip, Drip, Drip

March 11th, 2015

We’re finally getting some warm days and the snow is starting to recede. Though there is a foot of snow forecasted for this weekend. Yesterday was warm and sunny, all of my outdoor chores were done without a coat. The snow is melting off of the roof and the depth is going down on the garden.
It’s always a pleasant thing to hear the dripping and trickling water from the melting snow. It is the lovely sound of spring being just around the corner! Soon the birdsong will follow and that will be a beautiful sound indeed!

What are some sounds you are enjoying in your garden right now?

Welcome Visitors

March 10th, 2015

My guest room has been turned into my seed starting room. Last year I put my big grow light in the basement, which turned out to be way too cold for my seedlings. Our basement is unheated, uninsulated and not very tight. As a result it’s pretty cold down there. Even though the grow light puts off some heat, it wasn’t enough to warm up the space.
grow light 2
grow light 1
So I took over my guest room and turned it into a seed starting room. These guests are more than welcome to stay as long as they’d like!

Where do your seedlings live while they’re indoors? Have you found the perfect spot for them?

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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.