Category Archives: Garden

Outdoor Learning at the Ozark Natural Science Center

*this is a sponsored post In a traditional school, different subjects require different teaching methods.  I remember learning math with a big chalkboard and pencils with good erasers.  English and reading were done in quiet classrooms or libraries and science was hands-on in a lab permanently encapsulated in its own unique smell. Now, imagine yourself doing classwork in a […]

Spring Has Sprung

Creeping phlox is one of the earliest blooming perennials in my garden. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/04/23/spring-has-sprung/

Spring is Happening in the Ozark Mountains

Time To Tidy Up

This time of year starts a frenzy of garden to-do lists.  Seed packets are organized, new seed varieties are studied, and plans are being made for the gardens.  Not much can be planted outside now, but the greenhouse space is already filling up. For my garden, ornamental grasses, climbing roses, and hydrangeas can be cut […]

When I Can't Garden, I Cook

Dreary days in the winter don’t work for me.  I can tolerate the cold if the sun is shining, but when it’s not, it can be so depressing.  Usually when this happens, I head to the kitchen and cook.  It’s still January though and everyone is still trying to get their holiday indulgences corrected so, therefore, I have […]

Pinterest Fails

from pinterest https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/26/pinterest-fails

Whenever I comment on a great food I have eaten or complement a cool project someone has done, it’s usually followed by the phrase, “I got it off Pinterest”. Pinterest is a great source for ideas and when my internal alarm clock goes off extra early, I find myself perusing the endless pictures of recipes and decorating ideas.  Through these […]

Why Americans Should Be More Like Bees

https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/11/why-americans-should-be-more-like-bees/

I am a simple person, I am not a political person.  I never felt I was knowledgeable enough to debate any issues and I, for one, am glad the election is over. No one knows what is in store for our country but, for better or worse, the American people voted in a new president.  Tuesday, […]

Crunchy, Pumpkin-y Goodness

Pumpkin Spice Granola https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/01/crunchy-pumpkin-y-goodness/

I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I love the crunchy texture in my yogurt and oatmeal (which I eat almost every day), so I go through a lot of granola. It all started when I bought a bag at the Amish store in town.  It was  flavorful and fresh,  but also pricey, so I knew I needed to […]

I Hired Some Help This Summer

Greedy Goats at work. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/10/28/i-hired-some-help-this-summer/

I have a great view from my back porch.  But I have a slope just past the pool that is a grown up mess. A few trees were removed years ago to give the pool more sun which has allowed wild blackberries and poison ivy to thrive.  It was so grown up, the cows could not/would not […]

Bee Update

I haven’t posted much on the bees this summer, but I’m glad to report that all is well. I started the spring with one very strong hive.  This was one of the original hives I started with three years ago.  I decided in early spring to split the hive which means I took several frames […]

What a Summer

Multi-colored (orange, yellow, rust, gold) large marigolds--will get approximately 12-18 inches tall.  This annual needs full sun and will bloom all summer with dead heading.  (Dog not included

I can’t believe summer is over and I am loving the cooler weather that’s upon us. The gardens have had to fend for themselves this year as my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad after an accident in June.  Let’s just say his leg met a very heavy concrete slab and the slab […]