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Guest blog by Sally Writes (www.shieldmysenior.com)
Many of us can probably remember those days outside as young children when we’d get our hands and feet dirty in the soil of our gardens without rhyme or reason. The garden is a place where small pleasure can be found; in growing our very own plants, we can feel like we are contributing to the natural beauty around us and helping the environment blossom.
This week we welcome guest blogger Erica Quinn, with a look at the costs of eating out versus cooking at home
Whether you’re just going for a quick burger or want a more family-oriented atmosphere at a fine local restaurant, everyone loves a great dining out experience. You may not realize how much those occasional trips out really cost you, however.
I just have to dive right in and say it: women farmers are awesome! They are the single strongest and most resilient group of people I have met in my life. Many people know just how challenging farming can be, but did you know it can be much more so for women farmers?
Chive Save the spring. It seems like I spend a lot of time willing spring to arrive. And then when it finally does, I want it to hurry up and slow down. The colors, flavors, and smells of spring are dizzying, and I love it so much that I want to bottle it. So this past weekend, I did.
Nothing makes me happier than to see fat, happy toads in my garden (or elsewhere in the yard). Mr.
I get excited each year when the weather gets warm to jump out in my garden and start planting all the things: vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, annuals, and perennials. For the first time this year, I planted lettuce, radishes, sugar snap peas and beets out in the garden early this year, and everything is already getting so big! My peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and so much more are still in the safety of my home, even though it might be time to plant some of them outside, but a good hardening off is in order.
It's that time of year again! The trees and grass and gardens are exploding with green. The weather has warmed up (kind of), and we can feel summer rapping at the door. And the best part of all this just might be the anticipation of juicy berries, crisp asparagus, flavorful tomatoes, gorgeous greens, and all the other delicious, energizing favorites we can soon expect to find at the farmers' market.
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting a demonstration garden at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Michael Biehl gave me a tour of the plants in their exhibit, and though it is still early spring, they are numerous and vibrant. This demonstration garden is not just any old collection of pretty plants, it is unique among the gardens that line Lincoln Avenue at the U of I campus, it contains POISONOUS plants!
Spring, the way I see it, is best enjoyed naked. When the first flowers burst through the soil, or explode out of their buds, they often appear in an instantaneous blaze of color, and with no--or at least quite simple--leaves.