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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come to my garden, little bumblebees

I've spent a lot of time in our garden the last few weeks. Part of the reason is because it has been too hot in our house, but it's also because our garden is changing every day. From a newly ripened blueberry to the appearance of another garden pest, there is always something to tend to. Our garden is a peaceful place for me, and I often find myself sitting on the edge of one of the beds and looking out at everything I've grown with a smile on my face. I'm especially proud of the crops that I grew from seeds - several of my tomato plants, beets, peas and lettuce - that are thriving. And with every beet, sugar snap pea or raspberry I harvest, I'm still amazed that I have managed to keep so many plants alive!

As I was sitting outside the other day, a little bee started buzzing around me, floating from one blueberry blossom to another. As I sat watching it pass from blossom to blossom, no doubt playing an important role in our garden, I was very thankful it was there.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kelly, Kelly, how does your garden grow?

When I shared our backyard renovation last month it was clear that our backyard has come a long way since we bought it in March of last year. And after a lot of planting, pest fighting and sun our garden is thriving! We've even been able to harvest some of our herbs, carrots, rhubarb and raspberries.

It has been fun to check the progress of our garden each day when we get home, but it hasn't been easy. We've been waging the war against aphids, cabbage worms and possibly slugs. Luckily, it seems we are winning the war (without pesticides!), and we hope it stays that way. I'll post more on that subject later.

Last year we had a modest-sized container garden that consisted of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, peas and hops, but this year, due to all of the real estate we now have, we've significantly increased our ability to grow more food, like:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

life, death and the pursuit of stuff

Last month I experienced a part of life that was new to me - I lost my first grandparent, my Grandmother Mae. Her health had been declining for a few years, and took a turn for the worst a few months ago, until her body finally had enough and she died peacefully, surrounded by our family.

It's been comforting to know that she is no longer in pain, but selfishly, I still want her to be here. I miss talking to her, hugging her, and seeing her with my Grandpa Hugh, to whom she was married for 64 years.

I felt this way especially as I visited their home over Memorial Day weekend, to help my family sort through her belongings and start cleaning out their home so my Grandpa can move to an assisted living facility. It was so strange to be in their home for the first time since she died. Even though she wasn't there, I still felt her presence in so many ways, as it's the house that was their home for 13 years.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you give this Kelly some hope

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed by a problem that all you want to do is close your eyes, plug your ears and say "la la la la" until the bad news goes away?

Me too.

I often feel this way when I turn on the news or visit some of my favorite environmental websites. It seems like there is an endless supply of bad news about the state of our environment. 

I intentionally educate myself about environmental issues because I want to know what challenges our current and future generations will face when it comes to the environment. But sometimes the more I educate myself, the more I can't hide from the truth, and I begin to lose hope.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Now and then: garden edition

When I was growing up, our family had a small garden in our backyard. I'm sure we grew other things, but all I remember were the zucchinis. Oh, the zucchinis! My brother Corey loved to leave them on the vine to see how big they would grow. Of course extra-large zucchinis aren't good for eating plain, so it meant that my mom made a lot of zucchini bread.

Well, that and she gave away a lot of it.

If you have ever grown zucchini, then you know it's one of those crops that just keeps on producing, whether you want it to or not. I know many people who have done "dump and runs", leaving large bags of zucchini on their neighbors' door steps.

Call me crazy, but that's one reason I am looking forward to having a garden of my own. I can't wait to have an abundance of produce (including zucchini) to give away to anyone who will take it. And lucky for me, I now have the space to grow such bountiful crops - 180 square feet of space, to be exact.