Gardening for Wildlife

So, what does that mean exactly?  Well, for me, it means to garden with an eye toward creating a sanctuary for birds, pollinators, other insects, reptiles, and other wildlife.  To create an environment free of the toxins—the herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are poisoning us and the world around us—in which the local wildlife... Continue Reading →

Permaculture Guilds

As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture.  Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016.  Looking at her... Continue Reading →

Written over 50 years ago…

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair.  The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.  The other fork of the road — the... Continue Reading →

Gardening with Native Plants

I mentioned in a recent post that one of my goals for this year's garden is to add more native plants - trees, shrubs and perennials.  I started incorporating some permaculture principles into my gardening a couple of years ago, and have certainly witnessed an increase in wildlife and pollinators in the garden as a... Continue Reading →

Crazy Weather

It's February 25th today and we're expecting a high of 62 degrees.  That's just craziness.  Almost all of the snow we received a week or so ago has melted.  Flocks of Canadian geese were flying in overhead this morning.  I was seeing robins in January.  This is not normal.    

“PlantPure Nation”

Some disturbing facts from the documentary "PlantPure Nation": Large, mono-crop agribusinesses use fuel-intensive equipment and high amount of pesticides and herbicides; trillions of dollars in subsidies are provided to these companies every year in the U.S. - at the expense of the health and wellbeing of U.S. citizens The number of small farms in the U.S. have... Continue Reading →

“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” ― Jane Goodall, Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating I worry about the fate of our environment under the Trump... Continue Reading →

Thoughtful Tuesday

"Garbage did not exist until there were humans.  Everything in nature easily goes back into the earth.  Humanity needs to learn to re-consume."   - Michael Reynolds (creator of the Earthship)    

Climate Change

Most of my close friends are concerned about climate change and the impact these changes will have on their children and eventually, grandchildren.  Several have taken active steps to make changes in their lives to reduce the impact they have on our beautiful planet.  But there has been little in the climate change literature, until... Continue Reading →

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