Gardening in the Fall and Preparing for Winter

As our hemisphere tilts away from the sun during this part of earth’s orbit around it, the shorter days and longer nights bring on the cold.  All around us change is dramatic with trees now bare, birds heading south, chipmunks and squirrels gathering food for the long cold winter ahead, all accompanied by frosts and the first snow falls.  Continue reading “Gardening in the Fall and Preparing for Winter”

A Tribute to my Parents, Paul and Maria Heissler

In 2008, my husband Dan and I purchased part of the farm on which I spent most of my childhood. We built our “retirement” home and moved there in 2011. For me, it was a home coming. Though many of my memories of the farm were of seemingly endless work and struggle associated with buildingContinue reading “A Tribute to my Parents, Paul and Maria Heissler”

Gardening with Least Effort

In every endeavour, it is best to expend the least amount of effort to attain one’s goal. The old maxim of hard work ensures success is one we need to unlearn. Hard work tends to stress the natural environment and those around us while compromising our own well-being. As gardeners, the picture perfect, well-tended gardenContinue reading “Gardening with Least Effort”

The Importance of Local Markets

June 23, 2020 Markets have been important meeting places for thousands of years. It is part of the human experience to assume a role within a larger group of people. From primitive life to modern, there have always been those who took on roles of hunting, gathering, and gardening while others took on different rolesContinue reading “The Importance of Local Markets”

Nature, the Great Leveler

April 19, 2020 Society is based on a hierarchy in which individuals are generally made to feel greater or lesser than others based on political power, wealth, education, religious order, fame, or race. As we are finding out, worldwide, an unseen organism can level out the playing field. It strikes equally without consideration of status.Continue reading “Nature, the Great Leveler”

A Backyard Pollinator Garden

April 12, 2020 It is hard to imagine a world without flowers. They bring joy during times of celebration and solace during times of sadness or grief. Though the beauty of their form, colour and fragrance is so appealing to us, their true purpose is to attract the little creatures who act as couriers betweenContinue reading “A Backyard Pollinator Garden”

The Forest as Inspiration to Create a Woodland Garden in Your Yard

April 5, 2020 The beauty of the natural world has inspired artists and poets since humans have been able to express their creativity on paper and canvas. Woodlands and forests are common destinations for people who just want to get away from the regular hustle and bustle of modern life. Now, as many workplaces andContinue reading “The Forest as Inspiration to Create a Woodland Garden in Your Yard”