My dad (#theoriginalgreenthumb) always worked with a greenhouse. That meant we could start our seeds super early in the season, usually around March 15, and transplant those “starts” into the outdoor garden when the last frost was through. The greenhouse is not necessary but definitely provides an opportunity to have a longer growing season. Plus it helps keep pests away. That’s been our other challenge: squirrels, mag-pies, rabbits, bugs love to eat our veggies before we do. I’ve been experimenting with natural repellents – I’ve read that rabbits do not like the smell of peppermint, so we will be putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and place them around the garden. Fingers crossed!
I love the many metaphors + life lessons in growing food in your garden.
– You get what you give: If you want to grow a patch of tomatoes in your backyard that will be ready to eat this summer you have to give… you have to give your time, energy and commitment to helping your tomato grow.
Here are some tips and tricks to get your backyard garden started:
HOT WEATHER VEGGIES
German Winter Thyme
Tomato (sun gold, sweet million)
As many of you guys know I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program over at the YMCA. I am coaching a group of people through lifestyle changes that can hep reduce their risk for developing Type ll Diabetes and I love love love it! It’s been really eye opening for me to see just how challenging behavior change can really be. It’s also making me do some “checking in” with myself on how I handle some of my own hard to break habits. Continue reading
Well summer is on its way out and Fall is coming to stay for a bit. I love this time of year- chilly mornings, chai lattes, cozy fires at night and getting a fresh new agenda planner to “be more productive”! I guess I will forever be on the school schedule where the start of the year is always in the fall. It’s good, it feels like the right cycle for me (plus my hubby works in education and goes back each Fall to start a fresh new year).
Here are 4 tools I’m excited to use to help me organize my home and clear my mind in preparation for the next seasonal change…