It's Harvest Time with Glass Gem Corn
Sunday, November 24, 2013 6:53PM

Gardens have been harvested for some time and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I still have time, I think, to sneak in a post about a great experience I had this summer growing a special heirloom corn called "Glass Gem" which provided not a huge crop of corn but certainly a bounteous amount of learning about the grand design of pollination and what beautiful variation that is nature.I'd gotten excited about Glass Gem corn when I saw a photo of it on Facebook last spring. Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, AZ had acquired a supply of heirloom seed for Glass Gem and was making the seed available to members who signed up to be on a waiting list. For a mere $7.50 I succeeded in scoring a 50 ...

Why gardening is patriotic
Thursday, July 04, 2013 9:50PM

  With the Fourth of July nearly done, I've been thinking about gardening, and how it seems like one of the most patriotic things we can do as Americans.Think of the tremendous efforts that World War II citizens--nearly 20 million of them--made, matching the production of commercial fruit and vegetable growers to free food to be shipped to the troops. The government-sponsored push encourage urban as well as rural folks to grow and can their own food was an unprecedented success.But even now, gardening, both food and ornamental, offers many benefits to our American culture. Here are just a few:Growing our own food is healthy and instills a sense of independence.Gardening is great ...

Gardens of your childhood
Friday, May 03, 2013 12:13PM

I remember this painting, "A Little Girl with a Watering Can" from art class in second grade. We used to get these little postcard sized prints periodically and learn about great artists and their work. This all seemed pretty exciting for a little girl in a small Iowa town.I was anything but the picture of this proper little heiress with the pretty blue dress. The gardening I got to participate in was done in what my Mom called "raggamuffin" attire, denim pants, a favorite shirt, little Red Ball Jet shoes and, soon, a good coating of dirt all around.With six kids sitting around the dinner table, gardening was both a necessary and festive activity. My Dad would either borrow a tiller or ...

Happy Earth Day from Garden's Grace
Monday, April 22, 2013 8:06AM

What a great day to write my first Garden’s Grace blog—Earth Day 2013. For folks like us, thinking about the Earth is as natural as breathing.My ideas about ecology have changed a lot over the years. I remember, as a junior in high school, celebrating the very first Earth Day. There was a huge poster on the auditorium wall “If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the pollution.” In my naïve understanding of pollution, my best friend and I did a little movie for English class, taking footage of the dump and of trash near the river. We thought we were so darned insightful.In the years since, I’ve learned a lot about ecosystems and how ...