Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

Bti: An Easy, Natural Way to Stay Mosquito Free

Are you a mosquito magnet? I know I am. Since my Graduate Assistant position has me out and about during peak bug biting hours, I spend all summer itchy and covered in welts. I could use bug spray, but I don’t like the idea of DEET and the organic lotions don’t seem to work very… Continue reading Bti: An Easy, Natural Way to Stay Mosquito Free

Gardening, Landscaping

Mapping a Garden Site

Summer is finally winding down, and the end of garden season is in sight here. It's time to start thinking about clearing up and putting the beds to sleep for the winter. I almost feel a little sad to be packing up my gloves and trowel. Not too sad though, because The Llama and I… Continue reading Mapping a Garden Site

Master Gardener

The Master Gardener Program

In addition to the graduate classes I’m taking for my degree this semester, I also signed up for a Master Gardener class. I’ve been wanting to take this class for a while, because I don’t have much in-depth knowledge about plants and gardening. All I know to do is toss a seed to the ground,… Continue reading The Master Gardener Program

diseases and pests
Bed Gardening, Container Gardening, Gardening

Common Garden Diseases and Pests

I know it's happened to you. You go out to the garden to collect tonight's dinner and you see something off. Maybe your spinach is full of lacy holes that weren't there yesterday, or your tomatoes suddenly have suspicious looking brown patches. Whatever the symptoms, something's eating your garden! Summer growing season may be winding… Continue reading Common Garden Diseases and Pests

butternut squash
Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Butternut Squash

In my last post, I was excited about how soon fall would be here. While I love the transition to autumn’s new sights, sounds, and smells, I particularly love the tastes. Summer and spring taste warm and bright to me, but fall flavors have a earthy quality that is as comforting as it is filling.… Continue reading Growing Butternut Squash

citizen science
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers

As a gardener or hobby farmer, you probably don’t think of yourself as a scientist beyond monitoring your soil and watching trends in your fruits and veggies. Let me beg to differ, because I bet that you're more of scientist than you might think. As you spend time outside in your garden beds, do you… Continue reading Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers


Zucchini Fudge Cookies

Has anyone else noticed that summer is slowly starting to slip into fall? I have, but its in a way that I can't quite put my finger on. It's an intangible transition. School's only just started, the weather is warm, and the farmer's markets are still filled with summer produce. And yet... I find myself… Continue reading Zucchini Fudge Cookies

DIY, Sustainability

Learn to Knit in a Weekend

There are plenty of fun and interesting skills to learn on the journey to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Knitting is one of my personal favorites. I learned to knit many years ago at a conference. I remember looking through the program and noticing a knitting circle as part of the morning’s activities. While I… Continue reading Learn to Knit in a Weekend

Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

I’ve lived in a lot of apartments. They were all tiny and a bit cramped, but I was determined to make them cozy. I filled them with books, coffee cups, and a house plant or two. They grew on me, and I came to love each one of them for being exactly what I needed… Continue reading How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

DIY, Sustainability

Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills

When I first started to look at creating a more sustainable life for myself, it was easy to be overwhelmed. I wanted to do everything myself! There is so much to learn and so many skills to perfect! If you're like me and many other new sustainable DIY-ers, you might have grown up alongside a… Continue reading Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills