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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 247 :: look toward the sun

4 Sep


I am excited to report that the orchids in my office bloomed this week. It’s the first time an orchid has bloomed in my care. It’s actually the first time an orchid has not completely died in my care, so I am beyond elated.

The plant sits on my bookcase and leans toward the sun. In fact, I didn’t even know it was blooming because the buds were pointing toward the sun hidden on the backside toward the wall. 

It reminds me that to grow you just need some water, good soil, and sun. So look toward the sun!

Trust me!
More tomorrow.


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2014 BLOG – DAY 72 :: bringing the garden back to life

13 Mar

The garden is starting to sprout. 

Our Rosemary never died. But our raspberries shriveled up and fell over. Now, they are green and sprouting as if winter never happened.

When it comes to the garden, I am amazed at what comes back from the dead. Without any human intervention.

The mint, in fact, has already taken over more than its fair share of the soil. As if it is programmed to conquer and it’s following orders. It is at peak performance. ALREADY.

It’s a good reminder to me. This year, I plan to be a better garden keeper.

I’m still a beginner,  tip-toeing my way around the zucchini and tomato plants trying to avoid getting dirt on my pants and spiders on my skin. But I will try. I will give it a good old peak performance effort.

For one, I will freeze those berries! Or make some jam or jellylike substance — or take up some other method to keep raspberries beyond the time they are ripe for the picking. (So we have them to enjoy for the entire summer and not just one month of red-stained lips.)

And two, I will find more ways to use mint. Here’s a start: Recipes with mint from Dr. Oz.

Finally, I vow not to let the weeds get out of control. It’s a hard lesson to learn but one I will never forget. It is easier to pull weeds when they are small and have short roots. (I feel like somebody famous once said that in a movie, no?)

Oh yes, and one more: water the plants.

Happy spring.
Now we must spring into action and…
Pull. Those. Weeds!

More tomorrow.

{are you planting a garden?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 165 getting my hands dirty

14 Jun

If my mother could see me now. She might roll over in her grave. Or do a flip with her angel wings.
Because I was in a garden today — getting my hands dirty. I hate getting dirty. Mostly because I really hate getting my clothes dirty. But now we have a garden in the backyard of our cute little house.

And the garden has (gasp!) FOOD in it.

Food we didn’t plant but are happy to harvest.

To be fair, Justin did most (all) of the dirty work. He pulled up a bunch of beans, radishes and squash plants that have unfortunately dried up since this house went on the market and waited for its new people to move in.

But now that we’re here….
This little patch of land will receive some tender loving care.

And we will receive the gift of….. rosemary, mint, thyme, squash, beans and berries!

Today we brought in the first harvest of raspberries.

It didn’t quite fill a bowl, but they are already sweet and there are more to come!

The first sign of abundance? 

Now we have the dirty work to do — some digging, and planting and watering and waiting. But I have to admit, it’s kind of fun, waiting for this food to grow.

It almost makes getting dirty worth it.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
{what food would you plant in your garden?}
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