I got an email from the president of a club I was previously active in. Hey Maria! I haven’t seen you at our meetings for a while. Just wondered if there’s anything I can help with, or if you plan to return. Hope to hear from you soon! It was such a nice email. I … Continue reading Quitting When it’s Time
There may be 2 feet of snow on the ground, but the 2018 gardening season is here! I finally ordered my seeds this week and I also planted my raised bed hoop house with greens and am hoping for an early harvest of greens like I was able to get last year. This is an … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018
Foraging is something I've said that I want to do more of this year. I keep waiting and waiting, but it's still early spring. Even a week ago we had enough snow to cover the ground. The forest is just starting to wake up for spring. And, in this case, waking up seems to be … Continue reading Early Spring: Wild Leeks (and Recipe Roundup)
Audrey over at AudreyWanders.com is instigating a nature challenge for the month of May, and you should sign up! Here's the description of the challenge: 31 Days of Nature is a challenge to spend every day of May 2017 outdoors. All you have to do is spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day. In … Continue reading 31 Days of Nature Challenge
I have a lot of questions. Many of these are of the existential what-does-it-all-mean variety that I suspect I'll never have answers to. But, for the purposes of this blog, I generally have two big questions that I'm trying to learn more about: 1) What are the ways that nature can enhance our health and happiness? I think we … Continue reading Two Big Questions on My Mind
Admission: I avoided snowshoeing for the longest time. It always seemed so slow and boring compared to cross country skiing. My thinking was: Why plod when you can race?!?! But I changed my tune this winter and have been snowshoeing a lot, to visit the cottage, to find chaga, to gather water (more on that … Continue reading Winter is for Snowshoeing
Have you found your passion yet? I haven’t, and it’s super-annoying. Across many of the podcasts, websites, and books that I enjoy, there is a seemingly constant focus on finding that one thing that captivates your attention, sucks you in, and takes you along for the ride. Call it your passion, your purpose, or your calling—call … Continue reading Are you a woodpecker or a hummingbird?
It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s garden! Although it will still be several months before the snow melts and ground is ready to plant, I already have a stack of seed catalogs begging for my attention. I'm working on a talk about vegetable garden planning that I'll give at the library next … Continue reading Planning Next Year’s Veggie Garden: 5 Questions for You to Consider