Out The Kitchen Door

This is a fun birthday party theme where kids investigate a nearby creek and solve riddles to find the lost treasure.   Guests received the following invitation somewhat mimicking the old “Hardy Boys” books.  The inside of the invitation included an introduction to the story (see below in bold )based on some real historical info about the [...]

Join the Abundant Backyard at  a HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW to benefit outreach programs at the Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John, MD, this Sunday, December 2, 2012.  More than 50 artists will be participating.   There will be paintings, photography, pottery, glass, jewelry, home made jam, cards, gift baskets, books by local [...]

Green, Sustainable Features:  Reusable, repurposed container.  Long lasting – living houseplant or perennial container plant included in the design.  90% of all fresh cuttings sourced in season and locally. Price range- start at $50.00  and higher- depending on size ordered.  (Can be picked up in Silver Spring or delivered within 10 mile radius for $10.00 [...]

May 30th, 2012

A Gardening Heritage

My early gardening experience is based on the learning I was fortunate to acquire from a first generation Hungarian grandfather who grew the most amazing tomatoes, beans, and corn out of a cinderblock 8 foot by 12 foot area between his garage and retaining wall of his lush flowering self landscaped suburban yard in Euclid [...]

Thanks to all who visited the Abundant Backyard tent at Fenton Street Market yesterday. I hope all the moms’ enjoy the fragrant herbal porch pantry container baskets they receive today. In effort to reduce paper waste, I promised recipes and instructions posted for the baskets. Care Instructions: At least 4 hours of sun. Let herbs [...]

Less need for cold frames for your winter lettuce crop? Tomatoes and eggplants fresh from the garden to your Thanksgiving table? These are only a few of the changes local gardeners have noticed over the last several years convincing them climate change is upon us. In fact, suspicions were confirmed last Wednesday, January 25, 2012, [...]

June 30th, 2011

The Enchanted Backyard

A favorite part of parenting has been watching children discover and explore the world around them. It is an invitation to step out of our daily routines, see our surroundings with new eyes and reclaim a sense of wonder. For ideas in creating discovery areas in your own backyard check out my latest article on [...]

January 26th, 2011

Protect Our Watershed Eat Local

“Wassail” (“waes hael” in Middle English) means “be well”, and in this old ritual it’s a toast to the well-being of  an important year round food crop”, notes garden writer Barbara Damrosch in The Washington Post, Local Living Section, December 23, 2010.  She continues,”  in England’s apple country, usually around Twelfth Night, apple trees were saluted [...]

Under a cold, clear starlit sky this week, our neighborhood craft night group crunched through frosted leaves  to our neighbor Michelle’s beautiful kitchen.  We  were greeted by the aroma of  mulled rum cider.   The hot cup of cider was the first offering of the Winter Harvest Menu we were partaking in that evening.  Even though the temperatures have dropped below freezing, some root vegetables and [...]

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