I can write and talk about plants, rocks, dirt, photography, landscaping and other things outdoors until I bore people to tears. Luckily, squirrels are willing to listen to inane prattle, so long as you have a large supply of sunflower seeds.

I’ve spent a lot of time learning about the plants I put in my yard, soil types and how to improve them, landscaping techniques and ways to get around using a lot of expensive equipment to accomplish what I want to do.  I work within a budget that would make the HGTV or DIY hosts throw in their shiny trowel and walk away in disgust. I try to find my materials locally or re-purpose household items. I start plants from seed and bare root stock, harvest seed to replant annuals and employ gardening methods that conserve resources.

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Me on a particularly good hair day

I’ve usually got multiple projects going at the same time and they often evolve, seemingly on their own into something very different from what I had originally envisioned. But that’s rarely a bad thing.

I’m not a master gardener by any stretch of the imagination. I’m a 40 something mom with a huge yard, 70 acres of woods and fields around me and a digital camera. My home is right in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks foothills I’m fortunate to live in such a gorgeous part of the country. There are plenty of waterways here, caves, forests and hundreds of trails and parks to explore.

I finally decided to put my butterfly of an attention span to good use instead of fighting it. DIRT was meant to be single-focus, all about gardening, nothing else- because that is what makes for good blogging, right? I can’t do it folks. I’d have to have four different sites to keep up with all the stuff I want to do and I can’t even keep up with this one. So you get hodge podge. If you can’t deal with a gardening site that also posts art, writing, DIY and home improvement projects- then I’m sure there is a site out there- or several thousand that focus on gardening ONLY. This is not that site and apologizing for it would be like apologizing for me being me. Kind of pointless.

So here’s the REAL dirt on dirt: 
This blog is about whatever I want it to be today. If I’m gardening, it’s gardening. If I’m out calling the corners or making dolls for Bridgett on Imbolc, it’s about paganism. If I’m painting, it’s painting. If I’m running naked through the fields screaming all the way… well then it may be about Lucy Jordan, but that’s a little dark. 😉
This is a picture of me doing art when I was a kid. I love this picture. I loved my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Walker, who snapped it. I wish it were in color. I love that I have the hood up on my hoodie, shutting everyone and everything around me out, completely focused on my art. Some of my best moments now are still like that- when I can get completely lost in what I love. 

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updated 2/13/2022


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