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.
Late Spring 2011

Things have changed in my garden so much since my last post. Spring blooms have pretty much petered out at this point and I've cut back almost all the bulb foliage now. As things come up and get bigger I see where I need to move things around again this fall. I've also started thinking about how to completely revamp the front beds but that will have to wait until fall or spring for sure.

Plants and garden items that I've blogged about in previous months are now in the garden growing and supporting. I couldn't be more pleased with the trellis we put on the south side of our house. The roses that we planted as bare roots in early spring have all flushed out and are putting on vigorous new growth and we are starting to see the first round of blooms, which I think is remarkable considering they were sad, bare little things just 60 days ago.

I've gotten the summer veggie garden planted. Unfortunately I lost most every seedling I started myself to some bizarre disease/fungus and I had to buy my plants from a nursery but all look to be thriving well and I'm looking forward to some new things we've not grown before including cucumbers, eggplant and watermelon. We have 9 tomato plants this year despite my plan of growing 4 - I can't just seem to help myself. We've got beans, 5 types of peppers, chard and melons growing as well. I am also trying an EarthBox for the first time to trial it and so far the growth on the tomatoes in the box is beating those in the beds - they are lush, big, healthy and vigorous plants.

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