Letting a Field Lie Fallow

Fallow field

  Dear friends, I learned something new this week: In agriculture, leaving land unplanted for a year helps restore the soil’s natural nutrient balance. The garden often reveals spiritual parallels …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 Free Ways to Improve Your Garden Soil

Garden soil

  Dear friends, Gardening season is in full swing here in Colorado. We collectively held our breath through a few near-freezing nights during mid-May,  and were spared the late spring …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

15 Tips to Plan an Amazing Garden

fresh vegetables

  Dear friends, When it’s cold outside and the days are short, I love to daydream about the garden and make plans for the next growing season. Do you feel …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 Things I’ve Been Writing In My Garden Journal

Gardening journal

  Dear friends, It’s been a funny growing season in our Colorado garden this year. We had a snowy spring, a particularly late hard frost, two serious hail storms, and …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

How to Attract Hummingbirds and Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird

  Dear friends, I always love hearing the thrilling, trilling sound of the first hummingbirds here in Colorado. According to Audubon, hummingbirds beat their strong, tiny wings 90 times per second. Their energetic metabolisms …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Remembering the Puzzling Days of the Dandelion

  “In today’s history lesson, we’ll examine a very strange time in human history – the early 2000s. During this troubling period, humans on the planet Earth had collectively decided that …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A New Season

  Our garden is awakening here in Colorado. The first crocus bloomed yesterday! The daffodils are budding, and the tulips are emerging.     It’s sunny and mild, too, so I’ve been …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Embracing a Funky Old Tool Shed

When we moved here ten years ago, I was very grateful that our house had a tool shed in the back yard. It’s a luxury to have storage space for …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Garden Where There Once Was None

My son and I tackled a big project this summer. We had a vision to create a cool, shady spot under the trees for a small table and chairs. The …

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.