Phytoremediation here we come!

We found that some of the wood containers in one section of our garden might have been leaching something into our soil and plants that I don’t want to have around. Our garden has been chemical free for almost 16 years now and I would like to keep it that way. So first off my…

a green night …

Sundays are my big work day at our facility, puppy play groups and classes for almost ten hours. Super fun day, lots of love, lots of great work, but not a chance of touching my garden until way after four in the afternoon. It is a quarter to ten at night right now, that is…

seeds and dogs and and and …

I get so excited in the mornings during gardening season. To water or not? To check the soil or pull weeds? Eat some raspberries when passing by, nibble on some sweet basil, eat some more raspberries while I look for my dogs toys that must be in the yard someplace? Picking some cucumbers, parsley, and a…

the greedy gardener… that would be me!

I put my seeds in the ground in early spring (which is late April where I live). I had little polite seedlings pop up a few weeks later. We covered them with our makeshift portable greenhouse domes. They grew little by little. They were sweet and tiny. So, seeing that I had more space, I…

growing your own tap root …

I’ve lived on four continents and have worked in six countries. Where I am right now for sure does not suck, it is gorgeous, but I seriously doubt that it is my resting place. There have been some places that felt like home from the moment I touched the ground, and I didn’t have to try…

The secret life of squash & my Georgia O’Keeffe hommage

No secret that I do not like this time of year. It is the ‘blowing shit up’ time of year in my mind, nothing to do with Americas Independence. Lots of garden time, hiking time, and inside listening to music and cooking time. Yesterday morning we were in the garden, and the light was near perfect. My…

sometimes, it’s best to be barefoot and move the hoses yourself

I have a 1/4 acre garden. Not ginormous by any means, but not small either. When you consider that this garden feeds my entire family of four humans for 6 months out of the year, it kind of puts things into perspective though. Small but serious gardeners. We have been ‘bio dynamic’ gardeners for over…

Dogs and Garden Pollinators

We spend almost all of our days in the garden once the last snow has melted into the earth. My children and dogs have grown up in this environment, and I think look forward to this season as much as me. This year we have a tremendous amount of pollinators in our grass. We’ve never…

why dog owners should care a whole awful lot about Earth Day, EVERYDAY

So, to start, Happy Earth Day to Everyone! My dogs and I have been out in the garden off an on all morning, gardening, seeding, weeding, pruning, and transplanting. We plant tress every Earth Day on our property, this year we added five more quaking aspens, a luscious pear, and a Mt. Royal plum. Our DANDELIONS are coming up…

sky smoke and water

Well for some reason my dogs and I woke up earlier than usual, la madrugada (the wee hours of the morning before dawn). It could be that our neighbors little chicks are turning out to NOT be hens, but rather roosters. I actually don’t mind waking up and hearing roosters, or song birds, I really…

ode to borage & dogs

So this week is perfect, just perfect. Late night rain, cool early mornings, happy garden, and super happy dogs. The sun is making things quite hot during the middle of the day, but our work is almost always finished by the time I sit down to write. ‘Dirt under your finger nails season’ might be…

lavender & dogs

It was an early morning in the gardens, and too pretty of a moment to not stop and take some photos. I have plants in various stages of everything, this is my favorite time. Even when a plant is done blooming, there is still so much beauty there, like my red Oriental Poppy. I might like this…