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“Clean” Dirt is Good for You!

Have you ever moved to a new place and felt it was “dirty”? I’m talking about the property itself, as well as the dwelling. If you’ve lived a while and have moved around a bit, I’ll bet you know exactly what I mean.

I remember coming to this area of Virginia many years ago and pulling up into the drive of the old house that would be our home for 20 years. My memories of that place from childhood were glowing and wonderful.  But when we pulled in, the house and property seemed “dirty” to me.  So much so, that we spent the night in our truck rather than risk what may have been inside the house.

With some scrubbing and cleaning, even in as bad a shape as it was, (no running water, no heat) the old house felt clean in no time.  Outside, the ground took longer before it seemed “clean”.  But within a year or so, I no longer hesitated to lie down on the earth and take a nap if I felt like it – right in the middle of gardening duties.

The same thing happened at our current residence.

Have You Noticed That Being Out in Your Garden Can Make You Feel Better?

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Gardening with Kids – workin’ over the brocolli

One of the greatest things you can do for your kids is to feed them good organic food — preferably from your own garden.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we live in a world that has become unfamiliar with simple but intimate life functions like eating. It seems the vast majority have forgotten the main purpose of food is to nourish our […]

Kids – You and Your Garden Can Make a Difference

I hope you’re enjoying your garden and that your kids and/or grandkids are enjoying it with you.

When kids are young (especially pre-teen years) they love nothing better than to be involved with what Mom and Dad or Grandma or Grandpa are doing.  Take advantage of that while you can.

In an age where people have grown apart from the earth and the simple […]

How Your Garden Can Affect Your Child in the Future

Our neighbors in the back who moved in this summer have two small boys. Their cousins visit on weekends— bringing the total up to 7 children playing in the yard. I was talking to all of them not long ago and the oldest girl, who will be 13 this month, asked me where the flowers were.

I answered her without showing surprise —- but […]

Running Away from Home – A Reader’s True Story

I got an email last week from a friend in Maryland sharing a story about her 3 young kids.

The story is priceless. So much so that I just had to share it. It’s funny and yet wrought with potential danger. (All the makings of a great tale.)

My friend wrote:

“I woke up this morning to discover that the three kids had packed […]

Kids – Another Story, Another Smile

Some of my most wonderful memories are of kids (now grown) who frequented my garden where we use to live. (Only 7 miles away from our current home.)

First brought to visit by his sister when he was only a few months old, Timothy visited on his own just about as soon as he could walk. One of the 3 rules we had for […]

Kids, Plants, You, and the Garden

At our previous residence – more in the boonies than where we live now, but only 7 miles away – we had neighbors living “next door” — one big lot between us.

I had known the girl who lived there many years. I didn’t meet her child until she was about 4 or 5 years old.  When we did meet – her daughter seemed […]

The Basic Knowledge of Feeding Yourself Well

My first inkling that the basics of human existence have escaped some in our society was back in the 70’s when I was working for a judge in Baltimore, Maryland.  The receptionist was on vacation and a temp agency sent a young woman to take her place.  (She was about 23 years old.)

I happen to mention something about farmers one day, and she […]