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.

It is that time of year again, time for the seed catalogs to arrive in my mailbox and for me to get planning and dreaming. I still have lots of seeds left over from last year due to our mid-year move and not being able to plant a summer garden but I am definitely in need of cool weather seeds like lettuces, arugula, radishes and whatnot.

Here are the catalogs I am anxiously waiting to arrive:

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds - I purchase most of my seeds from them.

Territorial Seed Company - Great selection, on the expensive side though.

D. Landreth Seed Company - Apparently the oldest seed company in the USA, though under new ownership. Not sure what their seed sources are, so I am reserving judgment until I get the catalog and see what they've got.

Seed Savers Exchange - The old standby.


Renee's Garden Seeds - online ordering only, but boy her seeds really germinate well for me and she has a nice selection of hard to find heirloom flowers.


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