Cover the Earth in Plants: Part 2

Previously we started to list many of the ways plants benefit us. Planting more around your space will enhance your life. Here are a few more reasons to cover the Earth in plants:

Improve water quality- Plants absorb excess nutrients and chemicals as they head toward the nearest body of water. The more plants, the more nutrients are naturally used up by the plants and avoid contaminating the water. Continue reading

Plant Shadows

Since I keep a wide variety of houseplants on every available windowsill in my apartment, I’ve been noticing that when the sun hits just right, their leaves have created some amazing shadows on the walls. They look like small alien invaders on the walls and since they pop up randomly and rarely, I have been taking pictures of the really interesting ones. Here are some of my favorite plant shadows:  Continue reading

Dark Days and Long Nights: 2015 Winter Solstice!

The Winter Solstice designates the shortest day of the year; the day with the longest hours of nighttime.  It can be easy to feel down with a fact like that, but the good news is, there’s nowhere but up from here! I have been anxiously counting down the days until this date, and now we can begin to see more daylight from here on forward, into the New Year and new beginnings of 2016.

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On this dark day and long night, what are you thinking about? I’m dreaming of the warm days of spring that are waiting for us on the other side of winter.

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On this day:

1 Year Ago: Indian-Style Cucumber Raita

 

PrintBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Explorer. Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle site dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

 

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What’s Cooking This Season? [2015 Cookbook Holiday Gift Guide]

This holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to gather with family or friends and cook up something amazing to share. With regular, traditional holiday food front and center, some of the lesser known dishes may get ignored. Many people who may not enjoy foods served on Thanksgiving or Christmas may like some of these alternative meals. Check out some of the best cookbooks this holiday season; they’re perfect for gifting to a friend, yourself or a loved one. Continue reading

Learning to Love Radishes: Roasted Radishes

After the strong and record-breaking windstorm that rocked through Western and Eastern Washington, we had quite a fiasco on our hands at the farm. The hoop house built just this summer had ripped and broken in the strong gusts. Sadly, we had to pull all of the radishes that had been growing peacefully in the greenhouse and find a way to enjoy them. Having never experienced radishes cooked, rather only raw and chopped in salads, I decided to get creative and cook them in a variety of new ways. First up? Roasted Radishes. Continue reading

Caring for Silver Bells: Akebia Quinata

Silver Bells is a great addition to your home garden. It produces sweetly scented flowers, large long leaves, and edible fruit pods. This vine can grow up to 20’ tall and 10’ wide. This rapidly growing vine is a site to see. It grows so fast, that it is considered an invasive species in some areas of the world. We’ll go over proper care and treatment of Silver Bells so it doesn’t get out of control. Continue reading

Introducing Lemon, Adventurous Beagle Puppy

The newest and most exciting thing to happen to us this fall is the arrival of our new puppy! His name is Lemon and he is a beagle, just like our other dog, Shiloh. Having gotten him at just 9 weeks old, we were in a bit over our heads with the housetraining, crate training and getting him to learn some basic commands. We’ve had him for about a month now and after some puppy training at our local vet, he is a happy and bubbly little presence in our home! Continue reading