Fig Preserves: Gulf-Coast Favorite Making a Comeback

The backyard fig tree seemed to fade away throughout the 1980s and 90s, but they are reappearing in backyards everywhere along the Gulf Coast. With their resurgence, we are seeing refrigerators and shelves filled with jars containing some dark brown goodness. This “old-fashioned”, yet easy recipe for fig preserves will show you how to get in on the excitement.

New Year's Revolution: Throw Out Your Rule Book

We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.

A New Year’s Revolution

In this blog, I challenge readers to abandon the typically new year's resolution and embarking on a New Year's Revolution. Read it and see if you'd like to join me on what could be an exciting and profitable new venture.

Fig Obsessions and a Chicken Photo Contest

describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.

Chicago Hardy Figs and Attracting Native Pollinators

Using oil seed radishes to add organic matter to the ground and attracting native pollinators with a nest site. Harvesting sweet potato seeds if we're lucky and admiring the parasitic wasp's ability to lay white egg sacs into the body of a horn worm

The Lazy Urban Gardener's Safety Net

So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...

My First Time: A Garden Connection With My Grandpa

My first blog for MOTHER EARTH NEWS takes me back to a time when I didn't know I had a love of gardening. One of my first gardening experiences came during an unlikely encounter with my curmudgeon grandfather.

History - Who Needs History?

Our area is abundant with history. We have a limber pine tree nearby that I estimate is over 2,100 years old and still very much alive. History - we have an abundance of it.