black-eyed Susan-like flowers in dry ground with browned grasses surrounding them, all against a pink stone side of hill in Badlands
Curing the Gardening Phobia

How to Create a Wild Space in Your Backyard

Since this COVID WFH situation for a lot of us will continue at least until January, the need is constant for us to polish our delicate work/life balance. Reports are in from the booming gardening industry proving that thousands of you are digging around in your backyards. And lots of you smart new gardeners are also looking up to watch the birds.

Now …as you wrap up the hoses and stack the rakes into the shed, you might be at a loss for how to keep kids engaged outside in the coming weeks. Besides building snowmen and snow angels, what else is there to do?

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three tiny brown mushrooms, growing out of moss on an inclined surface
Curing the Gardening Phobia

How to Be a Goth Gardener

Listen to this post’s read-aloud in your car.

Familiar with the friendly Goth host on that British baking show? He’s so funny that I looked up the meaning of “Goth” in the Urban dictionary. It refers to a culture that embraces all life cycles, including the dark cycles of decay and death.

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bleeding heard with early pink blooms
Curing the Gardening Phobia

Turn Tasks into Quality Family Time

Do you have bulbs pushing up in your yard? It’s a great sign of hope, isn’t it?…peonies and bleeding heart are also making their comeback. Yet, are they crowded by leaves and debris blown in by winter storms or other unseasonable weather?

Many of us here in North America are just now digging out of a late April snow. The Southeast has been hunkering down under thunderstorms. Californians are moving slowly as they recover from nature’s trials. Even Arizona has had some surprising rainstorms this past year, blowing in from the Pacific.

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