With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, this past week was all about sharing the love. As a gardener, I thought it was only appropriate to share some of that love with my garden friends.
I usually feel like January is the longest month of the year. The days are still short and dark, it is often bitterly cold, and it can be one of our snowiest months as well. But this year, January hasn’t felt that bad.
From the moment we decided to buy our new house, I have been thinking about what the eventual garden would look like. As excited as I was about extra storage space and a much more functional kitchen, it was the new garden that occupied a lot of my daydreams last summer.
2016 was a tough year for the blog. Things started out strong, but our move quickly took center stage and left little time for tending the garden, let alone writing about it. It was difficult to sit out the garden season, as month after month pass without having the time or content to publish a post, but it did give me some time to gain a little perspective and reflect on the future of this blog.
Today’s post comes from my friend Melissa Keyser from Sweet Bee Garden. I first got to know Melissa from her frequent comments here on the blog, and as a result have enjoyed following both her blog and Instagram feed for a couple of years now. I really appreciate Melissa’s down to earth approach to gardening and self-sufficiency and I love her eye for garden design and focus on permaculture principles. When she suggested a guest post collaboration, it was a no-brainer to introduce you to her and have her write about one of our shared interests: seed saving!
Hello! It’s been a while!
This post is a long overdue shout out to let you know that I am still here, still gardening, and still digging out from our move earlier this summer. To say that the move was all consuming almost feels like an understatement, as we have now lived and breathed boxes, paint, and home improvement stores for the better part of the year. It’s been a long haul, but thankfully we are finally feeling more settled in our new digs and for the first time in months, it feels like the end is actually in sight.
Grab a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable, because today’s post is jam-packed (pun intended) with some seriously good stuff: A celebration of canning? (check) Local organic blueberries? (check) A must-can recipe? (check) New products from Ball Canning and a giveaway? (check and double check!)
The last few weeks our impending move has been all-consuming. Between closing on the new house and getting everything in order for the inspection and appraisal of our current house (not to mention all the packing and cleaning and painting), there hasn’t been much time for anything else—but then again, even if I did have a little more time, there really isn’t a lot of gardening that I can do under my current circumstances.
So what is a gardener (temporarily) without a garden to do? Try her hand at container gardening, of course!
When it comes to gardening, I tend to be a rule follower. Sure, I’ll stretch the rules a bit from time to time, but more times than not, I see the value in the collective wisdom that has been handed down over the years and trust in those best practices–except for the times when I let my curiosity get the best of me.
Meet Mama Mallard, one half of the pair of Mallard ducks that have made themselves at home in the pollinator garden this spring.