Are Your Clothes Killing You? Or Merry Microplastics & Happy New Year

It was the choking sea plankton that got me. The topic for Suburban Growing is gardening: growing your own food in suburbia, and tangentially health. During this off-season, while our gardens rest peacefully covered in leaves (that’s the goal and I’m confessing nothing) and snow, we have an opportunity to address larger issues associated growing and eatingContinue reading “Are Your Clothes Killing You? Or Merry Microplastics & Happy New Year”

Cornucopia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWv2O_MDIqF/ This has not been a stellar year for the Simons gardens, as I may have mentioned before. And even so, EVEN SO, once you start really paying attention to what is growing in your yard it is amazing what there is there to eat. For instance, how about this. Scrolling through Instagram (cell phoneContinue reading “Cornucopia”

Lunch

      Even in a suburban garden, you sometimes get to witness remarkable wildlife in action. Such was the case the other day when I turned around while feeding my chicks, to find a magnificent clean up operation going on. Maybe I just identify with beings that stuff their mouths. I really do likeContinue reading “Lunch”

Unexpected August Harvests

  Sometimes I hate August gardening. Or so I say to myself as I pick my way through humid, wet, over-grown tomato plants that tangle with wild morning glory vines. Those crazy vines grow so fast, and twist around and around every vertical stalk or post or fence, through the other leaves, around the otherContinue reading “Unexpected August Harvests”

Moms Aren’t Chicken

My friend and I went out to lunch yesterday and compared experiences with our young not-quite-adult children. Our youngest sons are both high school graduates this year. We mourned children who were communicative as young ones, and now necessarily shutting mom out in their effort to become independent. We held hands across the table andContinue reading “Moms Aren’t Chicken”