The Heart of DirtNKids
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~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog
2017 Top Posts
Year five of blogging, gardening and birding still take top priority. A ‘Dirt Play’ menu item is added to the home page and capable kids — who are becoming teens and young adults — take second fiddle to playing outside.
- Minimally Maintained. When turf grass gives way to nature, getting out of the way is the best approach to yard management.
- We’re Not Sure What Has Happened. Humans pit themselves against all the others with the little things we do (and don’t realize we do).
- Wishing And Hoping: Blue-headed Vireo. Joy finds its way to our home in the version of a small, chatty bird.
- School Gardens Project. Dirt ‘lasagna’ meets Square Foot Gardening for 150 kids to learn how to manage the soil and enjoy the fruits of their not-labor.
2016 Top Posts
Targeted ads get removed from post, decreasing ‘clutter’ and increasing content focus. A life of running a school, tending a vegetable garden, birding in the off-times, and generally being outdoors and learning about our world continues as usual.
- A New Year: Looking Up, Looking Back, and Plugging In. A catch up after a longish absence from blogging (but not from living).
- Birding Big Bend. A long time coming, the family returns to the desert of Texas after a 15-year absence, and starts the year off with a decent ‘tick’ of unique birds.
- Anniversary Weekend Birding. Mr. and Mrs. Dirt return to the coast for a beach camp-out and lots of coastal birds!
- It Pays To Be Outside. An explanation of why being off blogging is decidedly a good thing.
- Dairy Confusion: What IS Milk? A closer look at what the dairy industry may not be telling you.
2015 Top Posts
We loved doing the Birding Big Year so much, we decided to do it again! Only this time, we explored new places, went looking for specific bird species, and started logging species counts into Cornell University’s citizen science project, eBird.org. Merging two blogs became priority to simplifying an expanding digital life — DirtNKids and GreensForGood are now one.
- Birding Blind…Chair Optional. I finally learn how to put sound in a post!
- The Christmas That Wasn’t. Readying for a few years, we finally put the skids on the consumption holiday…and survived.
- Mish Mash Monday – March 2. DirtNKids’ first every product giveaway — a producer-provided Dirt! The Movie DVD. Super fun.
- We Are All Animals. Pondering thoughts about how humans are really species-centric in their ‘compassion’ choices, we remember Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and his civil rights legacy. Slavery still exists today — it’s call food.
- Dr. Deb Interview – Keyhole Garden. I found an interesting video of my favorite keyhole expert, Dr. Deb Tolman. Someone linked to it on their Facebook and it quickly became my top post ever. The keyhole is an amazing garden.
2014 Top Posts
Birding was high on the agenda as we took on our first Birding Big Year challenge. A vegan lifestyle — avoiding exploitation of others and abstention from American customs that profit from the trend — is fully in focus.
- Hummingbird Xtravaganza. A hummingbird banding session at GCBO during the height of the Ruby-throat migration. Fun!
- Hummers, High Island, and High Hopes. The Calliope Hummingbird propels us into our first Big Year adventure for 2014.
- Shooting The Bird At Thanksgiving. Not the typical ‘holiday,’ we show others how we revere the bird without exploiting or eating him.
- Butternut Squash, September Captured. A great fall soup recipe and some photos of the time of year.
2013 Top Posts
With a new school at home and less time to spend outdoors, photography and hanging out among the trees becomes our center.
- Out West Adventure: A Short Photo Journal. It’s easier to use photos to tell the story than tell the story. Who’s got time to read?
- How To: Stealing, Hoarding and Making Soil. My crazy, wacky Dirt-y ways.
- Tofu and Making Milk Without The Mammary. A new vegan life and appliance make it easier than ever to make and drink ‘milk’ at home — without using others.
- Iron Man and Christmas Trees. The kids can still draw, and a 15-foot artificial tree gets modified for a new living room.
2012 Top Posts
With four children off at school every day and with volunteer duties still at a minimum, I get busy puttering around in the garden and growing food with purpose.
- Stealing Trash – A New High. I learn to be sneaky about re-purposing others’ yard waste into soil for my yard.
- Learning To Garden. My failures and successes are equally important in caring for soil. I urge new gardeners to welcome failures as a part of the growing process.
- Relaxed And Not So Batty, Part 2. Mr. and Mrs. Dirt spend a weekend learning about bat conservation and witness 20 million bats leaving a roost.
- Keyhole – The Smarter Garden. I discover the trick to making soil, raising beds, conserving water, re-purposing waste and eliminating pests…all in one convenient spot.