Monday, March 30, 2015

A Trip to Seed Savers

We woke up bright an early on a Saturday to make the almost 2 hour trip down to the Seed Savers Farm in Decorah, IA. I was very excited for this trip as our local co-op sells the seeds AND our library has a Seed Savers seed exchange program.

If you don't know about Seed Savers, you can learn all about them at their

One of the biggest things I love about Seed Savers, is their passion for biodiversity. In a country covered in either corn or soybean...from a certain company...cough Monsanto cough...we need to come together and save the diversity of our plants.

They teach about saving seeds from year to year, which we did a little bit with last year and since we are participating in our seed library, will be doing much more of this year.

The gardens were not planted yet (as expected) and another trip is planned, but we were able to gather our seed for this year...and see Nana and Papa at the same time. They left with a variety of seeds as well....including 4 different kinds of peppers! They like it spicy.

The hut and the slide were the biggest hit for the kids. My favorite was the shop...seeds galore, but even books, apparel, gardening gear and seed saving supplies. I had to exercise control, to say the least. We did, however, catch a sale on the seeds!

We started some seeds, and then got hit with snow, so we have plants ready to go out but we can't put them out! Thankfully we have 40s and 50s even 60 degree weather in the near future.

Friday, March 27, 2015

this moment

a capture moment. no words. inspired by SouleMama

Monday, May 26, 2014

Would You Like Some Tea?

We have recently started having tea parties on Friday. Complete with real tea cups, saucers, and tea pot.

Our girls take turns being hostess, which means they get to pour for the group.

Not so long ago, I cringed at the thought of our girls handling real tea cups. I imagined shattered cups and tea everywhere.

Friday, May 23, 2014


*Harvesting dandelions for our salads*

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In the Garden, week 1

Welcome to week 1 of "In Our Garden" Inspired by Soulemama. Link up your garden in the comments.

The girls' flowers. In the red pot we have a blue/purple lupine. This was chosen to help the endangered butterfly species karner blue, up here in Wisconsin.

Herbs: fennel, lavender, catnip, dill, lemon balm, German chamomile

Lettuce, this had taken a beating with torrential rain,

My flowers.

D's calendula (pot marigold).

Our community garden plot. Sunflowers, green beans, two types of potatoes, zucchini, butternut squash, cucumbers. We will be planting sugar snap peas here soon (forgot them at home).