Tag Archives: Home and Garden

Don’t Entrust Your Ducks To Just Anyone—Beth Trissel

Years ago, I raised ducks for our farm pond–a story in itself–and then decided to take on several ducklings offered to me by a kindergarten teacher who hatched them in the classroom incubator and needed a home for the little … Continue reading

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August in the Garden–Beth Trissel

I’m sharing an excerpt from my nonfiction book, Shenandoah Watercolors, a 2012 Epic eBook finalist. Free in Amazon Kindle from August 19th through the 23rd. “It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.” ~Henry … Continue reading

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How To Make Fragrant Potpourri–Beth Trissel

“It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.” ~William Carlos Williams For gift giving, fund-raising, or just plain fun, consider making fragrant potpourri. Begin in the spring or summer  by drying rose petals, an essential ingredient. Other flowers such as bachelor buttons, asters, … Continue reading

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My Answer to World Peace

This will come as no surprise to those of you who follow my blog, but I strongly feel and emphatically declare the world would be a far better place if everyone had a garden.  I’m convinced when people are growing … Continue reading

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Lovely Reader Review for Shenandoah Watercolors

“This is perhaps the most beautifully written memoir I’ve ever read. Its lovely and languid descriptions of the picturesque valley, the farm and gardens are equaled only by the charming and funny descriptions of the antics (and conversations!) of the … Continue reading

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“Parsley – the jewel of herbs, both in the pot and on the plate.” ~Albert Stockli

“Parsley seeds must go to the devil and back nine times before sprouting.” ~Old Folk saying that stems from the length of time it takes parsley seeds to sprout. “An honest laborious Country-man, with good Bread, Salt and a little Parsley, will make a … Continue reading

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Excerpt from My Nonfiction Book, Shenandoah Watercolors

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau This is one of those sweet June mornings when the world seems fresh and new, too soft for words, … Continue reading

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For The Birds

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Lou Holtz Some of the cheeriest, downright euphoric, birds in this world are gold finches. And I don’t know how they’ve managed it, or … Continue reading

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How Important Is Organic Gardening to You?

And does it apply to your lawn?  Americans regard their pristine green lawns as sacred, but at what cost to human and animal health and the environment? I believe in and practice organic gardening.  This means no chemical pesticides or … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Pudding

One of my spring rites is making rhubarb pudding from the plants that have grown along the garden wall since well before my time, and I’ve lived here for several decades.  I’ve added some of the new, deeper red rhubarb plants … Continue reading

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