Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Treat for Me

I found a surprise message written to me on the back of this one

For Mother's Day, I asked for a trip to the Clayground ceramic studio to make garden markers - I love the results! Sela and I made a whole batch together.  Daddy and Linus played outside and popped in periodically to visit with us, adding to my delight.  I highly recommend a trip there - on your own or with your favorite people.  The owners are fantastic - so helpful and friendly.  And they sell beautiful handcrafts of all kinds, too.  I don't think we've ever gone and then not gone next door for a delicious treat, too - if you needed more incentive.  (You get your creations right away - I was just very slow to post this!) 

My experimentation with gardening is getting better every year, and these markers add to my joy of gardening.  I'm learning a lot, we're eating A LOT of greens, and trying out new recipes.

We each get something different out of our garden, and out of our gardening experience.  I can't say enough good things about family gardening.  At every stage, we each find our niche.  We each spend as much (or as little) time doing our thing in the garden, as it fits us.  We use the space and supplies we have on hand, and make it up as we go along.  I love that gardening can be as planful or as spontaneous as works for each gardener.  You can "garden" with one pot, with one small patch of dirt, or something bigger and more formal.

Picking their first zucchini of the season. 

Linus was so happy to pick this all by himself.  He could barely hold it on his own!  I have some great shots of the process - but, as you can see, some of those were a bit... revealing.   They chose zucchini muffins as the recipe of choice for these.  Next up... zucchini pancakes, and then fried zucchini spaghetti.  We'll see...
Some garden-related books I'm enjoying this season:
The Family Kitchen Garden by Liebreich, Wagner, and Wendland       
The Herbal Kitchen by Traunfeld
How Does My Garden Grow? by DK Publishing
Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots by Karen Lovejoy

But, every time I go to the library I find another great one on the shelf!                   

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