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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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Master Bedroom Spa Retreat at Bachman’s Spring Idea House

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I think the only thing missing from the master bedroom at the 2016 Bachman’s Spring Ideas House was some spa music for added ambience. I just discovered the other morning when I was trying to go back to sleep that I could ask Siri to play spa music and of course she did – which…

Dining Room at the Bachman’s Spring Idea House

Bachman's Spring Idea House 2016 Dining Room

Stepping into the 2016 Bachman’s Spring Idea House you are immediately greeted by the signature color – which for this year is coral. The color specialists at Hirshfield’s knew what they were doing when they picked the paint color for the room: Hirshfield’s 573 Chinz. The gray backgrounds throughout the house really helps the coral…

In the Kitchen

7 Ways to Preserve Your Herb Harvest

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In this post, I share 7 ways to Preserve Your Herb Harvest.
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the summer enjoying fresh herbs from your garden. But, did you know that there are many different options for extending the usefulness of your herbs?

Today, Shannon Slatton from my local Channel 12 News, dropped by to explore just how easy it is to preserve herbs and enjoy a significant cost-savings to boot.

Leverage Bars (the treat that will make your kids do anything you ask!)

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Monster Cookies – they’re nothing short of irresistable. Seriously, who can walk past a Monster Cookie without a slight hitch in their step. I came to a complete stop in the serving line when I saw these Monster Cookie Bars made by my dear friend, Diane Sullivan of Eagan, for her daughter’s graduation. They are just the perfect amount of gooey-ness and crunch and include all the standard monster cookie ingredients. Plus, bars are so much easier to make than the assembly line and babysitting services required by cookies. Once Diane emailed me the recipe, Emma and I flew to the grocery store to buy M&M’s so we could hurry home and make them. I’ve renamed them Leverage Bars – in honor of their power.

In the Garden

Garden Project 2: Outdoor Dining Room and Gravel Paths

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So much got done in the garden today – it’s hard to believe it all happened in just one day. With the retaining wall repair completed, Kevin and Luke leveled out and lined the space for the Outdoor Dining Room. They were able to reuse the landscape fabric that we had installed under the mulch last year…

Garden Project 1: Retaining Wall Repair

Garden Project 1 Retaining Wall Repair

Every Spring, after my first garden walk-through, I always find some projects that end up bumping some of my grand plans for the garden. This year, I discovered the retaining wall in the Morning Garden had started to separate. After lunch today, Josh, from Natural Stonescapes, sent his crew over to do the repair. It…

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Spring Mantlescape with Winter Wheat Grass

Here's the final product.  I added a few moss balls and bunnies and the mantlescape is set for Spring.

Planting winter wheat is a spring tradition around here. It is an excellent spring gardening project for kids; they get to plant seeds and they can see the results of their work in just a few days.  This year, I designed my spring mantlescape with winter wheat grass. Watch how I transform a simple set…

Beginning Plans for Everest Lane Kitchen Remodel

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After finishing the basement two years ago, I feel I have a better handle on the process for this remodel. In this post, I share how I gather my ideas to prepare for any home improvement project. Still growing…

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