My Granddaughter Gracie and I planted some seeds this week.  The weather was actually pleasant so we headed out to the back yard and got our hands dirty.

She is finally old enough to participate in gardening this year so I am excited to see her reaction to the seedlings sprouting.

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 Patience is the first lesson in gardening and 2 1/2 year old children don’t have a lot of it. ~(Heck I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for plants either)~ But that’s what she will learn about while she is waiting for her seedlings to appear.Web IMG_0472

Kids in the garden are so fun.  She was way more interested in digging in the dirt and getting her hands dirty than picking up tiny seeds and trying to place them in the tray.

Sounds like she is a natural to me!

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~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns

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It’s Easter time and most of us picture bright sunny spring days filled with  birds chirping and flowers blooming.  Not this year in the North East. We have had gloomy skies for the past several days filled with March winds and flakes of snow whipping by.

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But all is not lost because we can get through these last days of winter weather in the spring by taking in the little things around us, like daffodils in the grocery stores to bring home and pretend I have just picked from my garden, and a few brave bulbs beginning to emerge from the cold ground. 

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A Christmas cactus that thinks it’s an Easter cactus and old Easter cards that I found in a box. 

 

 

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These are what hold me over until the real thing comes along.

 

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That and the knowledge that in a few days we will be heading to Florida to sit ocean side in muuuch warmer weather than we have here. 

 So I’ll keep on smiling because we have made it this far and the worst is behind us now

 

…it just has to be.

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  Happy Easter, I hope it’s spring like where you live!

 

 

 

 

 

What to look for when shopping for gardening footwear

Going out to quickly to inspect the yard, pick veggies or tend to containers? Clogs are great for slipping on easily and keeping your feet protected. They also work well on hot days to keep your feet cooler especially if you are wearing a molded clog with air vents. Flip-flops or sandals are also great for keeping your feet cool doing this type of gardening.

Going to be digging a new bed or standing in deep dirt that could possibly be wet and muddy? Shoes would be a better choice since they keep the dirt and water away from your feet. Something that fits well when you are working in the mud, using a rake, or digging a hole will make your feet more comfortable therefore making the work more enjoyable.

 

Heavy duty digging in a spring garden? Boots would be the choice I’d make for that. They will likely have safety features that protect your feet when you work with gardening tools, they would be waterproof as well, keeping your feet dry and comfortable.

Once you know which type of shoe you want, narrow your search further by using the following guidelines.

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  • Looks – Lets face it, we all like shoes that show our personalities. Great, nice looking, colorful shoes make us not only look good but feel good. Just putting on a pair of bright colored or flower covered shoes makes me want to go out and play in the dirt, or splash in a puddle. If you aren’t headed to the garden, most gardening shoes look great when you are out and about doing errands. People will envy your style and daring choice when really you just like fun shoes! So don’t keep them just for gardening, wear them often!
  • Slip on and off-ability – This is a biggy! If the footwear goes on and off easily, then you are more apt to slip them on when you go out there to just “take a look at your plants”. We all start out that way and before we know it, you have half your garden weeded or a new bed dug up. Gardening footwear instead of your bedroom slippers or flip-flops will work best in this situation. Boots or shoes that have a kick-off ridge makes leaving your shoes behind a no-handed deal, so look for that feature when choosing your pair.
  • Another reason easy on and off is so important is, if you have to run in the house for a second, it’s so much nicer when there are no laces to deal with, or buckles to close. You are more apt to slip them off and therefore keep your house so much cleaner. Let’s face it, when we come back inside from gardening we are usually too tired to mop the floor. Energy spent on gardening is so much more like play than work. Save the work for rainy days.Stretchy at the top opening in shoes is a great feature for on and off as well as comfort! The whole point of good shoes is to keep your feet dry and clean. A snug top keeps dirt out as well as debris, so make sure the top of your shoe or low boot is snug enough to do this task without being too tight. It’s really important to keep you comfortable. Nothing worse than having to stop to get a pebble or stick out of your shoe when you are in the gardening zone.
  • Comfort – Fit is really important. Too loose and you get blisters and you could easily fall. Too tight, you could get blisters and you won’t likely wear them. So make sure the fit is good and they are made to do the kind of gardening you do. They shouldn’t need a break-in period. Put them on and they should feel comfortable. Simple as that.
  • Waterproof – Wearing shoes that are waterproof is especially great if the dirt is wet or deep. No one likes a shoe full of water or mud so when looking for garden shoes, try to find ones that will keep your feet dry and comfortable ~that leads to more time gardening. ~Don’t worry that waterproof means sweaty. Most of the better shoes are made with linings that keep your feet dry and at a comfortable temperature as well.
  • Safety – Having a shoe that protects your toes as well as your arch when using tools is always a bonus. Garden shoes protect your feet from dirt and germs that can lead to all sorts of issues. Not to mention protecting that pedicure.
  • Easy to Clean – Finding garden shoes that will clean up quick and dry fast makes them a great choice. Let’s face it. Your shoes get dirty in the garden, being able to hose them off and know you aren’t ruining them is really important.

So those are the things to keep in mind when you give up that pair of flip flops or old sneakers that you garden in, or when you decide that sharp rock you stepped on makes barefoot gardening seem unwise.

This is a repost of my article published in about.com http://containergardening.about.com/od/reviews/a/Choosing-Garden-Clogs-Shoes-And-Boots.htm

Ranger Ladybugs Purple Dragonfly Garden ClogsTime to dust off the garden tools and think spring.

This should include being prepared for the first nice spring day by knowing which shoes, boots or clogs you will slip on to greet the new year of gardening.  Some folks may say they prefer an old pair of sneakers, flip flops or just plain old barefoot.

That’s fine, but wearing a pair of gardening shoes will extend your gardening time and pleasure so more can be accomplished and enjoyed.

I’d dare say that most people that experience a good pair of footwear in the garden will be hard pressed to venture out there again in bare feet.  Not to mention the pedicure problems that can be avoided as well as health and safety issues for your feet.

Warm feet that are dry and safe make it easier to stay out there long enough to accomplish the task at hand.  So whether you prefer clogs, boots or shoes, there are so many to choose from at Garden Shoes Online.

Do your feet and back a favor !

 

 

 

 

 

 

“May all your weeds be wildflowers.”  ~  Unknown

We have had nothing but rain lately but today we had a break in the clouds long enough to get out there and enjoy the blooms before it’s too late. 

 Cold weather will be here too soon.

Everything seemed fresh and new despite the fact that it’s now October. 

The bees were working hard and a hummingbird even whizzed by while I was holding a bouquet I had just cut.

  I think he thought about zooming in on the flowers I was holding but then after hovering for a second or two, changed his mind and flew off to land in a nearby tree.

 Gave me a thrill that’s for sure ~even if it was just  a fleeting sight and a whizzing sound before he was gone.  I am going to miss my garden this winter.  Moments like that are what fuel the fire for next spring and all the maybe’s for the garden that will be,

at least in my mind.

 ~”Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert
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Time to dust off the garden tools and think spring. 

This should include being prepared for the first nice spring day by knowing which shoes, boots or clogs you will slip on to greet the new year of gardening. Ranger Ladybugs Purple Dragonfly Garden Clogs

  Some folks may say they prefer an old pair of sneakers, flip flops or just plain old barefoot. 

That’s fine, but wearing a pair of gardening shoes will extend your gardening time and pleasure so more can be accomplished and enjoyed. 

 I’d dare say that most people that experience a good pair of footwear in the garden will be hard pressed to venture out there again in bare feet.  Not to mention the pedicure problems that can be avoided as well as health and safety issues for your feet. 

Warm feet that are dry and safe make it easier to stay out there long enough to accomplish the task at hand.  So whether you prefer clogs, boots or shoes, there are so many to choose from at Garden Shoes Online.

Do your feet and back a favor !  

May all your weeds be wildflowers.  ~ Author Unknown

 

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tulip and daffodil~The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.  ~Gertrude S. Wister 

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moss up close

I went outside today and was surprised to see my stone patio finally getting moss in the cracks.  Upon closer inspection, I found that it was really plush and thick, soft to the touch, but longer than any moss I have ever seen. 

mossSo although I am calling it moss, I am not sure if that is indeed what it is.  It could be tiny aliens growing in my back yard for all I know but it looks like moss to me.  In anycase it looks really good.  From the photos you can see how thick it is on the stones.  

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acorn in moss

This is a different kind of moss with an acorn laying on it-  or maybe it’s really a tiny house on a hillside. Maybe those tiny aliens live in it. 

Okay ….it’s really late and can you tell I need sleep.  

PS~If you know what kind of moss this is, let me know.  The internet says there are 12,000 different types of moss~I am very curious but way too tired to research it tonight.

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Just got a text message from a friend…”My mini greenhouse has sprouts..it’s so exciting.” 

 Funny what a thrill we get from those little greenish yellow  plants poking out their heads to see the world.web-l-0301

 I think it’s innate in all of us to want to sow and reap from the Earth. web-flowers-today-0341

 I mean, seriously, why else would we spend hours upon hours thinking and planning, then more hours doing back breaking work while swatting bugs and sweating?  There must be some great force that draws us to it.  web-sunday-088

Of course there are the flowers and the vegetables but it’s not like we can’t acquire them without all the work. veggies

 We choose to garden. 

In some of us, it’s one of the most relaxing and enjoyable pastimes we can think of.  But unlike reading or knitting, we get our hands dirty and only have partial control over the outcome of our labors. 

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Still we do it. w-bunch

Maybe that’s why we do it.

 There aren’t to many steadfast rules to follow.  We get to get dirty for a good reason, it gets us outdoors breathing in fresh air, gives us excercise and we have to work with nature as best as we can to get the outcome we are hoping for. zz1

  

What’s not to love?

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~”But each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” ~ Lewis Gantt

Copy_of_001To spite the sunny weather we’ve had along with warmer temps for the past week or so, we still don’t have a lot of flowers yet. But there are some. AND with each warm day we’ve had, the signs of spring are increasing. First crocus

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 I saw my first robin the other day and flocks of geese were flying over this morning.  Woohoo! 

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This post shows just about all my garden has to offer this week which is alot more than two weeks ago. 

I have my first (and second) Crocus and a daffodil blossom.

 To spite the soft ground, I may even get out there to rake up winter debris this weekend.  It is supposed to be in the sixties all weekend before a return to the high 30′s on Monday or Tuesday. daffodils!

 

 Sigh! Good things come to those who wait.  Right?   web-img_4305

 ~I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.  ~Ruth Stout

 

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We are having a spring giveaway for $200 to spend at Garden Shoes Online.  You get $10 just for entering that you can use to buy yourself something fun at GSO. Click on this message for all the details and how you can get extra chances to win, but Hurry there is only 2 days  left!