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SG562: Resident Farmer Trevor Johnson Discusses Organic and Hydroponic Greenhouse Gardening

March 17, 2017

Trevor Johnson is the Resident Farmer at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan. In 2012, the hospital launched an organic greenhouse with the main goal of feeding the sick patients. Little did Trevor know, the hospital’s greenhouse has become a community center where Michigan residents can take cooking classes right inside the hospital.…

SG561: Bringing Farms to Schools in Oregon with Rick Sherman

March 10, 2017

Rick Sherman was hired by the Oregon Department of Education in 2012 as the Farm to School/School Garden coordinator after working for 32 years for a food service management company. The last 20 of those years have been spent as a Director of Nutrition Services in Eugene, Albany and Dallas (Oregon). Rick is a Master…

SG560: Turn Compact Spaces into Successful Market Farms with Josh Volk

March 3, 2017

Josh Volk is a farmer turned inventor and author.  In his book, Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less, Josh profiles the winning strategies and systems that transform these unique compact spaces into successful growing operations.  During our chat, Josh personally guides us through every single farm – all…

March 2017 Letter

March 1, 2017

This month I’m speaking at the Schoolyard Gardens Conference at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. My breakout session is called How to Keep Kids Engaged in the Garden: Lessons from My Experiences with Student Gardeners.

If I’ve learned anything from working with students over the years it’s this: they form their own unique connection to the garden.

SG559: Amp Up Your Gardening Skills (5 Ways You Can Get Started Today)

February 24, 2017

I was having a chat with a woman a few weeks ago who asked me about becoming a better gardener. I asked her how long she had been gardening, and she said five years. Looking embarrassed, she sort of looked down at the ground; as if this was not enough time to qualify her as…

Winners of Books by Megan Cain the Creative Vegetable Gardener

February 21, 2017

Last week, Megan Cain was featured on the Still Growing Gardening Podcast in episode SG557 to tell us all about amazing guide to Super Easy Food Preserving and to announce the release of her latest book, The Smart Start Garden Planner. At the end of the episode, Megan graciously offered to give-away a copy of both books to…

2-17-17 Garden News Roundup

February 17, 2017

The Garden News Roundup Featured in the Still Growing Gardening Podcast Episode 558 on February 11th, 2017

SG558: Finding Joy in The Garden with Nell Foster

February 17, 2017

Nell Foster’s garden blog, Joy Us Garden, celebrates all things garden as she shares her passion for plants, pruning, and the great outdoors! Nell recently packed her bags and moved to Tucson, Arizona after living in Santa Barbara, California for over 30 years. I love Nell’s perspective after working almost two decades in design and landscaping. Nell also has a fun YouTube channel which is filled with lovely DIY tutorials.

Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten (6 Winners!)

February 14, 2017

Last week, Joel Karsten returned to the Still Growing Gardening Podcast in episode SG556 to tell us all about his amazing trip to help farmers in Cambodia. At the end of the episode, Joel graciously offered to give-away six copies of his original book on Straw Bale Gardening.

The six winners of Joel Karsten’s bestselling book Straw Bale Gardens are…

SG557: Gardening Challenge: Grow and Preserve a Year’s Worth of Food with Megan Cain

February 10, 2017

Megan Cain never touched a vegetable plant until the summer she turned 26. Today, Megan shows people how to successfully grow their own food and get the most from their vegetable gardens. Megan trains gardeners through her business, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, and is the author of several books including the book we dive into today: Super Easy Food Preserving.

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Getting Feedback From Your Child About Their Teachers

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A few years ago, I wrote about how I prepare for Parent Teacher Conferences in my post The Ultimate Prep Checklist for Parent Teacher Conferences. Building on that, this year I wanted to go a little more in-depth and try to better understand what school is like for our kids from their perspective. Here are the…

Some things never change

Sonny rides to Puptown 2014 the Still Growing Gardening Podcast 6ftmama blog

Some things never change.

You know how Facebook reminds you of old status updates with those Time Hop photo memories?

Generally speaking, they make me feel a little sad because old pictures of the kids just seem to punctuate how fast they’re growing up now that they’re teenagers.

In the Kitchen

Oven-Roasted Asparagus (so easy your kids can make it!)

Oven-Roasted Asparagus John prep cook 6ftmama blog

Asparagus is a great vegetable for kids to prepare and cook because it is so darn easy to make. John’s in 4th grade and he’s my little prep cook. Asparagus is the perfect vegetable to practice your knife skills on because it doesn’t slide around and it’s fairly sturdy. I always have the kids chop the asparagus…

After School Snack Station

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This weekend we did absolutely nothing. As PJ announced on Friday after school, “It’s Relaxation Weekend!”  No basketball tournaments. No appointments. No gatherings. Just chilling at home. Which was fine and dandy until I realized we had no food in the house on Sunday night. So, before I walked Sonny, we ran to the grocery store…

In the Garden

Succulent Fix

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Ok. Twist my arm. Let’s go look at succulents in the nursery. The first thing I would do with this guy is give him a bath and clean him up a bit. Beautifully shaped leaves on this Kalanchoe. Say hello to my leetle ledebouria…. Meet mammilaria cristata – not a fan. Sometimes I like the brown…

Gardening Resources on Craigslist with a Complete List of My Favorite Search Terms

Gardening Resources on Craigslist Francy's Elevated Planter Bed from Craigslist 6ftmama blog

  Craigslist is such a great resource for gardeners. Did you know they have a farm + garden section? Last week, I bought this fabulous 4’x6′ elevated garden bed for $25 from a fabulous lady named Francy. (I’ve never met a Francy who is anything less than fabulous – great name!) When this marvelous beast…

Neverest Lane House

Mr. Fix-it

John with fixed window screen

Yesterday morning, before school, John helped me repair a screen. Never mind that he’s just 10 years old.  He’s been helping with little projects like these for years now. (You’re welcome, John’s future wife!)   Help put away the breakfast dishes?  Nah.   Got your backpack so you’re ready for the bus?  Mom – I’ll…

The Port Room

Port Room

It took me a few years to collect the pieces of art I wanted to use for a gallery wall in our guest room ~ the Port Room.

I had a few things in mind for the pieces for the Port Room gallery wall:

Recycling: I wanted to find all the pieces at thrift stores
Theme: All the pictures needed to feature a boat or ship
Organic: I wanted collection to look curated – not planned. The frames could be any color, the art could be any style – but nothing matchy-matchy.
Consensus: Each piece needed to get a thumbs up from the kids. No matter how eclectic, if it made us happy, we bought it.
Combining all the different pieces was a little tricky – it was a little like putting together a giant puzzle. Whew!

It’s great to finally see all the art on the wall.

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