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SG563: 10 Ways to Engage Kids in the Garden

March 24, 2017

How do you get kids interested in gardening? That’s a question I get asked often. It’s a big question, because kids are pretty sophisticated these days. Their lives are fast-paced and they process information just as quickly. Indeed, they are growing up in the age of acceleration. So when it comes to fostering a love…

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…

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The Living Room at Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016

Living Room Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016

In contrast to the whimsy and playfulness of the front porch, the living room at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 illustrated how to mix the spring color pops with sophistication against the gray neutrals in the textures and pieces in the room. The living room, like the Master Bedroom and the Dining Room, was painted with Hirshfield’s…

Front Porch Spring Fiesta

Front Porch Spring Fiesta  Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016

The front porch at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House 2016 is a perfect example of botanical interest that is packed into every single room.   The floral patterns in the porch are bright and playful– And the room is packed with inspiration. Let’s unpack this room a bit and I’ll show you my favorite elements. The paint…

In the Kitchen

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Pesto Certified Harvesting Basil

It’s been downright chilly this week – but that hasn’t stopped the plants from growing. Everything is growing like gang-busters – including the lettuce and basil in the kitchen garden. It rained almost the entire day yesterday and I wanted to make pesto spaghetti for supper. The cold and the rain made it the perfect time to…

St. Patrick’s Day Mini Pies

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  In one of my earlier posts last month, I shared my cooking class experience at Kitchen Window. I attended the Spring Mini Pies class. For St. Patrick’s day, I transformed the Spinach and Feta Mini Pies into St. Patrick’s Day Mini Pies. By muting some of the stronger flavors and simplifying a few steps,…

In the Garden

They’re Here! Seed Packets from Renee’s Garden!

Seed Packets from Renee's Garden

Since Spring has decided to take a little break this week, I’ve been able to get a few indoor chores checked off my list. This afternoon, I started going through my seed library. Back in March, I received an invitation from Renee’s Garden to sample a dozen of their seed packets. Yaaassss! I ordered a…

15 Favorite Things I Added to the Garden Last Year

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There’s a popular quote that says “Gardeners dream bigger dreams than emperors”. Sometimes those dreams become reality and work out even better than expected. Sometimes they don’t pan out. I’m going to review my favorite additions to the garden last year For starters, I finally added outdoor curtains to the front porch. These babies stayed up all…

Neverest Lane House

The Fall Library

I love introducing seasonal hints in our home a.k.a. Everest Lane House. It really is a great way to ease into a new season.
This time of year, a subtle, (and totally awesome) decor change is switching out your everyday books with what I call “The Fall Library”. Sounds pretty sophisticated, huh?
Building the Fall Library really isn’t that elaborate… You just scrounge Goodwill and garage sales through the year for books with interesting titles, book jackets, or authors appropriate for the season.

Real Simple Halloween Garland

I get so much magazine reading done in the minivan while I’m waiting for the kids.
Yesterday, I snagged the October Real Simple from the mailbox and headed off to Basswood Elementary to pick up the boys.
I zip through my magazines pretty quickly. But, this photo inspired me to make my own Real Simple Halloween Garland. Real Simple made theirs out of these adorable postcards which cost $1.50 each.
Instead of ordering the postcards, I made my own using some clipart I found online and some index cards. Let me now you how I did it…

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