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Cultivating Gratitude

Photo by Saskia EsslingerThis is the time of year to express gratitude in the United States. At least, that was the original intention: to give thanks for the abundant harvest and our friends who share it with us. But do people actually appreciate where their food comes from? Do they even ...

A Case for Garden Classes

How do people learn how to garden? I asked this question in a survey of over 100 people and was surprised to find that most people learn from books or online. Many people also learn from family or friends, but only one quarter of them had ever taken a garden class or workshop.I love books and ...

Dreaming My Garden

In the depths of winter, when the snow is still piled high on the ground, I close my eyes and dream of my garden. I see a riot of colors and plants peeking through the window frames that form my fence, as if they are eager to see what is going on in the street. I pluck a small ripe cherry from ...

7 Reasons You Should Teach Gardening

I didn’t really want to teach gardening at first. But I did want to make a difference in the world and I wanted more local food. I could grow food for other people, or I could teach them to grow it themselves. Ultimately, teaching made the biggest difference, and despite my reluctance to put ...

6 Ways to Cut Seed Costs

Are you getting ready to purchase seeds for your garden? I’m always amazed at how fast those little packets add up. When I go to check out I can hardly believe how much I’ve spent! Here are some ideas on how to save money this year and in the future!Don’t Throw Out Your Old SeedYou ...

5 Fabulous Ferments

Have you gotten on the fermentation bandwagon? Ferments are a great way to preserve produce, and the only method that actually increases their nutritional value.Say what??? Can anything be better than fresh, raw veggies right out of the garden? Why yes! Actually, ferments are high in beneficial ...

Mother Earth Gardener

Expert advice on all aspects of growing.