I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Getting Started

At the recommendation of a commenter, I checked into Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this evening. Before I knew it, my shopping cart was full and I was checking out!

I purchase a variety of peppers and tomatoes, some yellow squash, zucchini, pickling cukes, corn, basil, chives, dill, peppermint, cilantro and parsley. I think I may be a bit "teched"...;o) I'm actually quite excited to get started on this gardening endeavor as I've truly missed it over the years.

B and I are fairly certain our soil is not quite rich enough to grow healthy plants so I'm already planning on purchasing some manure and peat to mix in with the topsoil we will be purchasing and turning into the soil.

The seeds will be awaiting me upon my return from KC and I know Lil and I will have a BLAST starting them. :o) Let's just hope I can keep them alive. Lord knows how much I love tying up tomatoes...UGH! However, the fruits of our labor or really worth it.

I also purchased these three books from Amazon this evening. I figured the first could help me where I have no sense of gardening. The second I've been meaning to read FOREVER and I'm highly inspired to read it. The last one, well, I figured it could help me out with my limited space.

I'm planning on growing some of the herbs in pots and hope Mel here can help me maximize the space I'll have available.

I'll be sure to post photos of my seed packs when they arrive! :o)




Jess said...

Hmm, are you sure it wasn't my post about ordering from Baker Creek? It is the first or second post on this blog!

Just know that you will have to research start times for the seeds, the company doesn't print instructions on the packets like the big companies do.

Good luck! We are also doing SFG this summer in three beds so we'll see how we both do.

Jess said...

PS- Mel has a specific soil mix that he promotes using in the beds for best growth and easy maintenance. If you want to do SFG you will have to build some raised bed and put in the right mix of soil. Well, you'll see once you read the book!

1hot&tiredmama said...

I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and LOVED it. (I'm a huge fan of Barbara Kingsolver anyway - have you read the Poisonwood Bible?) Anyway, it really made me think differently about what my family is eating and where it comes from. We are definitely organic eaters here whenever possible and I am really paying attention to what I can purchase that is raised locally. That book will really make you think about the meat you put in your mouth and where it comes from.

We have a second (annual) garden going this year. We've planted tomatoes, corn, yellow squash, zuccini, and okra.

Love the blog. Can't wait to see how the gardening goes.

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