Wordsworth Dances with Daffodils

Just as the daffodils are slowly fading away, replaced by colorful tulips, here is a poem by William Wordsworth to commemorate the beauty they bestow upon the waking planet each spring. We planted about 40 daffodil bulbs in our front garden last fall. Amazingly, the sight of the yellow visage of a flower gladdens the…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Sage & Sage Tea

  All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. — Arapaho Proverb This year, we planted many herbs in our garden. In fact, last count was 26. My familiarity with herbs is mostly culinary and limited to basil, chives, marjoram, oregano, cilantro and parsley….

A Walk in the Forest ~ Nature Photography

In honor of Earth Day (April 22). Every day is Earth Day. We are all stewards of this planet and must do everything to nurture our nature. ~ The spring rain brings out the most beautiful wild forest flowers. We went on a hike with a mission to seek out these meadows where fairies surely…

A Walk in the Garden ~ Nature Photography

All photography by Jane Grueber Full Photo Gallery  I watch out of the front window as a gentle spring rain soaks the garden beds filled with seeds and seedlings. My camera and I cannot resist nature in its infancy or at its most divine peak. The seductive smells of rain and the nearby forest as I…

Spring Delights ~ Nature Photography

Spring has been rather rainy this year and it has coaxed out the lush beauty that has been laying dormant. As we walked through the woods, it was impossible not to envisage fairies fluttering busily and gnomes working away on culverts beneath our feet. The buzz of the bees overhead as we were playing in…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Cultivating Wonder & Skill in the Garden for All Ages

Cultivating Wonder & Skill One of my favorite how-to gardening books for children and their adults is Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. It is a source of wonderful inspiration where everyone’s imagination can soar. Involving children in the process of cultivating a garden, growing their own food, understanding the necessary…

Growing Urban ~ Raised Garden Beds are Ready

Where we live, a shovel going into the soil does not make it far. The clang of rocks and a sudden stop don’t make the ground a hospitable place for growing food without much augmentation and work to get the soil conditions right. I am not the patient type. RELATED: Read more about our Urban…

Good Health Outcomes Start with Access to Good Food

“As there is enough food in the world, hunger is a result of political decisions. Food insecurity results from ineffective policies (social, agricultural, economic and health) at local, national and global levels  and from decisions which do not consider the elimination of poverty, hunger, and food insecurity, and the development of sustainable food systems to…