This post is part of a series that highlights the making of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. We were fortunate to expand the footprint of Otter Point Woods this fall, adding another 12 acres for a total of about 30 acres. As I update the forest management plan, I'm realizing that I … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Maps
Meandering through the interwebs, I came across Ally Bean's post on her one word of the year and I wondered: Should I have a word of the year? And if I did, what would it be? It took some thinking, but not a lot. The first word I thought of was grow both because I value personal growth and because I literally want to grow a lot of plants … Continue reading One Word for 2019
The previous post looked at two different pieces of information that can greatly benefit you in your plant selection: plant hardiness zone and your growing season. This is important information for gardening, but it's not everything you need to know. These tools are limited because they use data from a network of climate stations across … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate
Pop quiz: What makes Earth different from all the other planets that have been discovered so far? Location. Location. Location. We happen to be in this magical Goldilocks-zone of being close enough to the sun to have warm(-ish) temperatures and liquid water—at least at some times of the year across most of the globe. And … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season
This post is part of a series that highlights sections of our forest management plan for Otter Point Woods. “Buy land, they aren't making it anymore.” – Mark Twain. Here's what might be the most unique thing about Otter Point Woods—it is new land. At the turn of the 20th century, there was just Otter … Continue reading Otter Point Woods: Property History
It's the beginning of a new year and, as usual, I'm caught up in the year-end decision to go nuts making a million resolutions. This seems to happen to me every year. Sometime in December, I finally decide that I should look back in my goals from the previous year; it inevitably turns out that … Continue reading I’m Quitting Sugar in 2019!
I've found that some of my favorite posts are ones that summarize an entire year or season, such as my annual garden review posts (the one for 2018 is on its way). I thought this might be a good one: This is a list of the most influential books that I read this year (at … Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2018
What's new? What have you been up to? I feel like I never have anything to tell people when they ask me what is new in my life. Between not having kids and purposefully working to maintain a drama-free lifestyle, nothing comes to mind as particularly worthy to mention. So I usually say "not much" … Continue reading Introducing Otter Point Woods