Category Archive: nature

Simple Country Pleasures

Yesterday granddaughter Ellery and I took a walk through the woods down to the old mill by the river. We picked wild onions for our salad. Later my neighbor Erin stopped by to show me her wild bounty. Good thing we did it yesterday. Today when we woke up here’s what we saw:  

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Lenten Traditions: Onion Skins

At the beginning of Lent, I start saving yellow (and red) onion skins in my heirloom wooden bowls. Those onion skins will be the base for beautifully, naturally colored, Easter eggs. The photo shows what I’ve saved so far of the yellow onion skins.  

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Snowdrops Blooming Right Now

I’ve shown you the wild yellow aconite my granddaughters were picking. Now here’s some snowdrops that grandson Jack found in his yard. And friend and colleague Ron Wilson writes about them on his blog. Here’s what Ron has to say:We’ve featured a few of the early bloomers over the last couple weeks, so let’s feature another …

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Hungry? Pull up some Wild Onions

Yesterday the weather turned fairly warm and my 2 granddaughters, Ellery and Emerson, took a walk with me in our woods. We found wild onions (or wild garlic whichever you call it) in abundance and so tender. See that patch of it right in front of the fieldstone step? Perfect sub for chives! (Now I …

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Can Chickens & Wild Birds Eat Cranberries? Yes! Cranberry Nut Scratch Wreath Treat

It’s COLD here on my little patch of heaven! And my “girls”/chickens are feelin’ the chill. So I can’t wait to make this cranberry nut scratch wreath that colleague Lisa Steele shared in Countryside Magazine. Great for wild birds, too! Here’s the article: Lisa Steele • December 11, 2017   It’s the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. …

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How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms

I keep my Christmas cactus outside in a shady place during summer and bring it in the house in the fall. I get loads of blooms during the holiday season. Here’s some information that you need to know to grow Christmas cactus successfully. From my friends at Countryside Magazine.  Here’s the link: How to Grow …

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Points to Ponder for Poinsettias and are they Harmful to Humans or Pets?

  From friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson, comes some great and timely information about Poinsettias. Here’s what Ron has to say: While in Mexico, Poinsett, who was also a botanist, became enchanted by the brilliant red leafed plants he saw during the short days of winter, and sent some back to his home in …

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Watch my Video on Backyard Foraging on Our Ohio Think TV Channel

I was at Turner Farm this spring taking Our Ohio folks around to see what wild edibles were still abundant. Check the video out: Video: Backyard Foraging – Wild Edibles | Watch Our Ohio Online … ▶ video.thinktv.org/video/3003349681/ Aug 1, 2017 Mother nature has been providing its occupants with sustenance since the dawn of life, …

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How to Control Moles

Our front and side yards are mole heaven this year. I’m glad for this advice from colleague and garden expert Ron Wilson of Natorps: Moles are one of the most common and most frustrating lawn and garden pest problems.  With that in mind, take the time to visit the website of our local mole expert, …

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New life and life lost – a rough week

My neighbor, Erin Phillips (phillipsfarmbatavia.com) journals some interesting tidbit of information just about every day. Today she talked about New life and life lost – a rough week. Check out her blog to find out why!    

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