Share Your Garden! My Zero-Work Garden, Giant Zucchini and Second Year Eggplant

“A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising, and then after all, little by little, it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.” ~ Gertrude Stein

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Pardon My Bloggy Absence

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe

DirtNKids Blog is taking a blogging hiatus. This not only means a lag or complete absence of new post creation, but also reading (commenting, liking) regularly posted content from my favorite WordPress peoples. Life is meant to be lived analog — not digital — and for this family that means not indoors but outdoors.

Here’s how it works when I’m gone. Older content will be up-cycled for those who visit their WP Readers every Friday morning. It’s easy to future-schedule stuff that’s already written. If you’re new here, you’ll get a broad sampling. If you’ve been around a while, consider them flashbacks instead.

Web-logging or not, we never stop bird-logging, dirt-playing…and certainly living. Chillax and enjoy the ride, y’all. We’ll see you when we come back indoors.

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids
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Vacation is for the Birds

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East Glacier — Sun Peeps Through

“This is Nature’s own reservation, and every lover of wildness will rejoice with me that by kindly frost it is so well defended.” ~ John Muir, Our National Parks

Hey, peeps.  We’re back, and what a refreshing vacation that was.

It was essentially a repeat of last year, with the notable addition of five days in Glacier National Park — a place we’d been itching to get back to since last August.  We also spent a good amount of time in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well.

What with another 5,000+ miles on the Hummer, just about every memorable detail of the most awesome LEGO Movie is now permanently etched into my subconscious.  (How our parents survived road trips without DVD’s, I’ll never know.)  And thank goodness for Dramamine, which kept our two kids with motion sickness well and rested.

Needless to say, it didn’t suck.   Okay.  Now, your questions.

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A Star is Born

Remember back in 2012?  I don’t, really.  Thank goodness for blogging.

That was when I first discovered the keyhole garden from a fellow blogger.  It’s only taken two years, but finally, the keyhole garden is in business.  (Thank you, Jocelyn!)  Unfortunately, due to a very full schedule through the end of June, it may get sloppily planted with more expensive seedlings from the nursery rather than sowing seeds.  I’m just too antsy to wait and do the whole thing in nature’s time (seed to fruit).

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