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Not empty, but almost full.

It's feeling less like winter these days. The sun is up earlier and stays out later. The birds have hope in their call sounds - for worms, for bugs, for more seed in the feeders. The air is changing and the plants are ready. The next full moon is called the Crust Moon - for the thawing during the day that turns to ice by night. It is also known as the Worm Moon - for the castings that wiggle out from the earth to feed the soil, to feed the birds and answer their calls. Tradition has it that the last full moon of March marks the end of winter. Spring is close. We are on the cusp. I remember a...

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Wreath making how-to

Grab a friend and your nippers. Give your garden a little winter prune, and watch the boughs pile up. Holly, cedar, pine, winterberry, heath: ingredients for the holiday spirit. (And egg nog, of course.) Bittersweet held our wreaths together. It's long, winding vines curl into circles on their own, easily creating a base for your wreath shape without the need to use wire forms. Once the desired shape is reached, simply tuck branches and boughs into the bittersweet. Or, create little bunches of botanicals, bind them with wire and attach to the bittersweet.  Don't overthink the design.  There are no rules. Let the plants show you where they should go.  Mostly? Enjoy the time with a friend capturing the holiday...

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Planting by the moon and stars.

  Our moon holds order over the tides in the sea, but the same goes for the water in the ground. Each tiny molecule found in the soil rises to the surface when the moon calls - just like the ones in the ocean. As both logic + tradition would dictate, this is an optimum time for planting.  Learn more about moon planting with this tote featuring moon phase and astrological sign information. Use a moon calendar for the current phase and moon sign, then determine what tasks should be done in the garden. For instance, if the moon is in the first quarter in Libra, it's a good time to seed or transplant flowers. However, if a Leo moon...

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RECIPE: applesauce

A warm October day with Thomas and friends in-between the rows of Cortlands, Macs, Fujis. Their red sweetness fills the air, humming in our ears like the bees that buzz around our heads. Us and the bees - we are all drunk on that sweetness. I close my eyes to keep this memory safe, right arm heavy from holding the treasure of apples, left hand free to reach out and grab more. So I baked with them. And made this applesauce. What are you making with your apples?      

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