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All About….Asparagus

For Mother’s Day in 2012 I received ten 1-year old Jersey Knight asparagus plants. I was insanely excited as I love asparagus; but everyone who heard of my gift would say, “You know it takes forever to grow, right?” Sort of. Asparagus takes about two years to really produce an edible, strong crop- so growing […]

All About Beans!

Often the very first plants many of us grow from seeds are beans. Preschoolers carefully plant them and water them, toddling home with little cups filled with soil and a small bean shoot. In middle school, when science teachers explain germination to their students, everyone gets a bean seed and places it in a wet […]

Wow Fruit Now™- A Great Shortcut

I’m a huge fan of fruit- specifically berries. I grew up spending summers in northern Michigan, and my time was split into three seasons: strawberry season, raspberry season, and cherry season. We picked all of our fruit- flats of berries and buckets of cherries- then we preserved the harvest. I assumed all kids grew up […]

Gardening with Kids

I have a little picture on my office desk of my oldest daughter many years ago, standing in her little blue rain boots, picking green beans from her bean plant. The photo was taken in our garden, a privacy-fenced oasis behind our house. She had a playhouse, and next to it, three large containers where […]