Archive for 2011

Garden Resolutions

Friday, December 30th, 2011
In the same breath, I can tell you that I am exhausted from Christmas but also full from all of the memories created. The tree is still up; suitcases are sitting full of dirty laundry. Toys are strewn from one end of house to the other, and there are three girls silly, full from sugar, creating yet one more memory. There is time to reclaim the house, but right now, I sit and reflect on 2011 and look forward to the promises of a new year. (more…)

A Gardener’s Christmas Wish List

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Mrs. Claus is on the ball this year. Gifts for our three blue-eyed elves are wrapped and ready to go under the tree. I don’t know who is more excited for Christmas, me or the girls. I have never been this prepared, and it’s difficult to manage the anticipation for Santa’s big day. Santa on the other hand, is still shopping for Mrs. Claus. I am supposed to be writing my Christmas wish list, so being the multi-tasker that all moms are, I am combining a blog entry while at the same time, creating my Christmas wish list (a list for all gardeners). (more…)

Colonial Williamsburg: Gardening Advice from the 18th Century

Monday, December 12th, 2011
Can you imagine gardening in the 18th century? If not, I suggest you visit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Historians have done a fantastic job re-creating early American gardens. Garden historians have used the writings of John Randolph who pinned, A Treatise on Gardening in 1793, as a guide to rebuilding the Williamsburg gardens. Here is a snippet of Mr. Randolph’s advice to the 18th century gardeners, including many of our founding fathers: (more…)

Giving Thanks! Indians and Pilgrims

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
As Thanksgiving approaches, images of Indians and Pilgrims frame our thoughts. When my pre-schooler came home with a Pilgrim hat and story, I was reminded of the significant role the Native American Indians played in the survival of the Pilgrims. We must give credit to the Indians for saving the lives of the Pilgrims, specifically Squanto. (more…)

Nutrients for Life Team Connects with Teachers at NSTA Conference

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Kids are curious! I took my five-year-old with me to run a few errands. In less than three hours, she asked me approximately 851 questions. Of course, I had to answer every single one of them. Eight-hundred and fifty-one may be a bit of an exaggeration but if you have spent any time with a curious kid, you know how exhausting it can be. (more…)

National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention

Friday, November 11th, 2011
CHS, the largest agricultural cooperative, invited me to attend the 68th annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City. I am intrigued by this specialized group of broadcasting professionals; they have big voices and a passion for agriculture. As a child, I was exposed to the industry from the speakers in my dad’s ole’ blue Chevy farm truck. (Which I rode shot gun with no seatbelt. How did we ever survive?) The radio was always on AM and tuned to the Big Show on Newsradio 1040 WHO. We would hear the up-to-the-minute agricultural market reports and farm news. And to think now I am rubbing elbows with these  radio voices. (more…)

Leaves as Mulch!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Pictures of kids playing in leaves have been constant on my Facebook page the past few weeks. Children have big smiles as they are literally covered in nature. Of course, it makes me smile to see the fun they are having!  I often post a virtual high five to the parents for bringing the kids out to experience the effects of fall. I am a bit jealous as I scroll through pictures. My children do not get to experience a large pile of leaves unless we visit a different neighborhood. The trees in our landscape are too small to create a big fall mess (a negative aspect of living in a new housing development). (more…)

Our Fall Harvest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
As I was mixing ingredients for a pumpkin pie, my five-year-old daughter asked how the pumpkin got in the can. Yes, I buy canned pumpkins, even though I know how to make fresh pumpkin puree. Thank goodness, I could save a few steps by grabbing what I needed at the grocery store. Modern day food production makes life fairly simple to the home cook. (more…)

Tips for Growing Beautiful Mums

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The chrysanthemums are in full bloom and irresistible to a two-year-old. On more than one occasion, I have caught my toddler pulling the mum flowers off one-by-one. I can understand her interest in the mums. Right now they are bright and bold; the splash of color my landscape needs this fall. (more…)

Harvesting Flower Seeds in the Fall

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
As we winterize our landscape and garden, I make a point to have my girls help me collect seeds. This hands-on activity gives them a real-life experience that ties them to the complete cycle of plant life. Nature regenerates itself in anticipation of the spring to come. (more…)

How to Plant Tulips in 4 Easy Steps

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Do you remember last spring when the daffodils and tulips made you smile? I do! I remember thinking I need to plant more of these bulbs, because they made me so happy and excited for summer. Today, we planted tulips around a tree in our front yard. (more…)