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starting succulents
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starting succulents

Yesterday my son suggested we start a cutting of every succulent plant we have. So….here it is, a 72 pod seed starting tray filled with succulent cuttings and I am a little embarrassed to admit, we have more varieties than this! We make our own succulent growing soil by mixing 1/2 potting soil, with 1/4 perlite...

black cherry tomato
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black cherry tomato

We started the Black Cherry Tomatoes by seed from Baker Creek Rareseeds in the middle of February. End of June, we tasted our first tomatoes and are now picking handfuls a day. Beautiful sweet cherry tomatoes.    

traveler’s joy
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traveler’s joy

From the moment I wandered into the Clematis Garden at the entrance of Luscher Farms near Lake Oswego, Oregon, I was captivated by these fleshy flowers and fascinated by the mesmerizing seed heads. As a plant lover, I am continually humbled by the beauty and diversity of living things. I meandered through these gardens, moving...

saving tomato seed
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saving tomato seed

Now is the time to save your tomato seeds! We love to save seeds from our favorite heirloom or open-pollinated tomato varieties. (It is best not to save hybrid seeds. It is less likely to produce a similar tomato as it is not yet stabilized) So much history is contained within one little seed. How...

gather
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gather

Gather, I love this word. For me gathering means, resting, laughing, sharing, eating, listening, and connecting. I think of a family I know and how every time I see them together, they circle up. They find chairs, tree stumps, benches, anything it takes to form a circle and they talk. While they wait, they talk...

before the sun
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before the sun

Before the sun rises, when the house is quiet and dark, there is a beautiful holy silence that calls to me. It is in these hours before the sun rises that I connect the pieces of my days. Without these moments, I am scattered and the day is blurred.  It takes time and discipline to...