I used to watch my dad garden. Watch metal strike soil, submerge and uncover, lift earth still dark under graying mulch. Watch him edge the flower beds, prune the pear trees. Study his hands as he'd loosen marigolds from plastic, plant and cover their roots with a swift hand.
Grilled, roasted, fried or stuffed, minced in salads, pulverized into sauces, it was the taste of a place he had never imagined leaving.
Vegetables haven't quite won a place in the hearts of kids (or even some adults), and often required the hard-sell approach.
It takes me less than two days to save enough water to grow more vegetables than I can eat using only simple, inexpensive items and without making any significant changes to my behavior. I find that to be an incredibly powerful and empowering idea.
Many of us are increasingly aware of the countdown clock as we hit our 50s and then our 60s. What once seemed like a future full of opportunity, and time to take advantage of it, is increasingly looking like a looming deadline, and we feel like we'd better get our act together before we run out of time.
I dragged my shy, introverted self outside. I brought out some tools and started digging up and turning over the grass on our little patch of land above the sidewalk. I figured out how to build wooden boxes for raised garden beds.
Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...
The imminent birth of our first child was a catalyst for change. We moved from the concrete jungle to the suburbs by the water. Morning sounds shifted from a cacophony of machinery to a chorus of chirping birds with the occasional honking diatribe of troublemaking geese.
Some people have a green thumb. I once had a roommate who had this gift. The contrast between our rooms was distinct. My room was drab post college Ikea ticky tack. His room was an Amazonian jungle.
I want to write about tulips today. I don't want to write about sex. The trouble is, for me, writing about tulips means writing about sex: Something a...
OK, peas and I, we go a long way back. We've had our good year (somewhere around 2003) and our bad years (too many to name). We've fought rabbits an...
For many fruits and vegetables, the sun can be too harsh, drying soil too quickly, burning leaves, soaring too high for pollination. In Florida, where I grow, I'm all too familiar with the sun and its downside.
As the warmth of the season beckons us outdoors, many pet and plant lovers are caught in the crossroads -- is it possible to intertwine a love for nature while meeting the needs of our beloved domestics? The short answer is yes -- with a little bit of ingenuity!
I'm officially declaring 2014 the perfect time to renew our love for outdoor living! Here are five simple things we can do to get started for spring and make an environmental impact.
Ah, springtime, the season of pansies! After a long, cold, dark winter, spring is finally arriving. Mother Gaia warms, the birds chirp and I begin to...
Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables.