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.

My seeds have sprouted! I have seven varieties of tomatoes, several herbs, some green peppers and a few flowers started.

Bob built four 4x4 beds for our plants this year. We are going with raised beds because our house is new construction and the soil is completely compacted from the building process. Plus we can create a nice mix of soil from the start and not have to worry about trying to get our yard soil into garden condition. We are going to employ the Square Foot Gardening method for the first time. We shall see how it goes.



Rach said...

Woo Hoo!! Yay for sprouts!

Anonymous said...

I have done raised gardens for seveal years. They are wonderful! I also grow lots of herbs. Best thing to grow them in is cement blocks turned on their sides. I fill each hole with some rocks then dirt then plant. The cement holds the water even in the hot OK summer and they are pretty around the edge. I plant every 3rd hole with marigolds to keep the pests away.

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