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Funnel Planters

Funnel Planters

When we were still running barefoot in the yard chasing firelies our sticks were swords, the garden hose was a python, the wicker loveseat on the patio was our own private island and the family dog was a giant black bear. Our imaginations ran wild, almost as while as we were. Next time you trip over that junk in the corner of shed let your childhood creativity and imagination run wild again. It is amazing what you will create when you stop seeing things for what they are and imagine what they could be. Add some beautiful Jack’s and Bella’s hardscapes or plants to add an extra punch.

Eat Dirt! (or worms)

Eat Dirt! (or worms)

My mom never said, ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and I am probably healthier for it! Thanks mom. I have friends that don’t allow their children to get dirty and nearly faint when I let my kids run around barefoot in the yard.  We take regular showers in our house but we also don’t consider it a ‘good’ day unless we need that shower.

Dr. Weinstock at Tufts Medical Center concluded that children raised in hyper-sterile environments are not being exposed to organisms that help them develop immune regulation. Furthermore extensive research has been done concerning the lack of worms in our diet.   I am not looking up recipes for worms but might I suggest  saying ‘cheers’ to letting your kids and yourself get dirty!

Dr. Weinstock also says,  “Children should be allowed to go barefoot in the dirt, play in the dirt, and not have to wash their hands when they come in to eat,”  He pointed out that children who grow up on farms and are frequently exposed to worms and other organisms from farm animals are much less likely to develop allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Swing by and let us set you up with all kinds of fun projects guaranteed to get you dirty! Plants, stone benches, gravel, sand and TOPSOIL – we have a gazillion ways to make sure you get your hands dirty.

Soak up some Vitamin D, get your hands dirty and create something. The impact on your health, your relationships and your environment are ALL positive!

 

PS- The phrase ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ first appeared in English thanks to Francis Bacon. This of course makes me hum the famous line from Alanis Morissette’s song, ‘isn’t it ironic’ considering pigs (i.e. bacon) were considered unclean.

 

Squash Pizza

Squash Pizza

Spring planting means you will soon have fresh vegetables to enjoy.

Have you ever tried squash pizza?

Fall 1996 my dear friend Amy showed up at my Lexington apartment with an arm full of fresh ingredients: whole wheat pizza crust, garden fresh squash, fresh from the vine tomatoes and of course fresh mozzarella cheese. A little slicing and a few shakes of sea salt and ground pepper later and we had a fresh, healthy and fabulous dinner.