Summer Blog Hop Winners!

WOW and THANK YOU!!! Is all I can say to y’all for the wonderful support and excitement in last week’s blog hop!! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, challenges, inspirations, and thoughtful insights about your relationships with nature! I feel like I got to know each of you a little better and I love

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More Winter = More Time! 5 Tips for Planning Your Garden

I bet more than a few of you found today’s groundhog prediction disappointing! Well, sure there may be 6 more weeks of winter, BUT couldn’t that also mean you have 6 extra weeks to plan the most awesome garden you’ve ever planted! That’s right, let’s reframe it! A good plan is the secret to super

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When Plans Don’t Pan: Misadventures in Biodiversity

Last Saturday was 13 degrees up here in the Blue Ridge, so we decided we’d take a visit  to the Rockfish Valley Natural History Center. This satellite of the Virginia Natural History Museum is located in the historic Wintergreen Country Store building, built in 1908, and is picturesque to stop and see itself. Wintergreen Country Store,

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Bugs in the Beans

Recently, I was just sitting on the floor, shelling a nice late harvest of black eyed peas from the community children’s garden, when I began to notice some powder coming from some of the more dried pods. I didn’t pay much attention at first and just brushed it away. No biggie. Then when it kept

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A Total Eclipse of the….

It’s a total eclipse of the sun, heart…no silly, the moon!! It’s full moon time again and fitting for October’s spookiness this month is a full lunar eclipse of a blood moon! Those of you in the western side of the western hemisphere and eastern side of the eastern hemisphere you will have the best views. Californians,

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Fairys and Full Moon Picnics

This coming Monday, (9/8/14)  how would you like to celebrate nature with a picnic under the moon? I know I would!!! Monday is not only the full moon, it is the day of the Asian Moon Festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival. Under the bright full moon friends and families gather to share food and

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The Sky is Falling!!! Let’s Make Wishes

Well, not really, but the Perseid Meteor shower is starting! This meteor shower brings back some of my fondest memories. I’ve watched it from a boat off the coast of Panama with family, on the east coast of Jamaica with best friends (that might as well be family), from the back field of a first love‘s mom’s

Poison Ivy on a Full Moon: 10 Ideas to Celebrate!

Getting poison ivy is no ones idea of a good time, especially not at a full moon celebration! Luckily I just wanted to get your attention! Since you may have joined the 30 Day Nature Challenge, I thought I would offer this little poison ivy cheat sheet I discovered on Facebook. Now in all your

Composting Under the Snow Moon

Winter is a fun time to compost because you can really see the result of your labor. Well, really the labor of the microbes, but you are the one braving the cold to get out there adding and tending the pile! Winter is when you actually get to see the steam rising from your pile.

Full Moon and Free Winter Webinars!

Happy full moon! I have noticed the night sky is a popular topic on the children and nature front this week. Even I posted a link to a great moon journal project I found by the National Wildlife Federation on the Facebook page a couple days ago. I am guessing it is because of Wednesday’s