Belle of Dirt

Missouri Ozarks mom, mover of earth, photographer, maker and plant enthusiast

The Dirt on Dirt

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.belletreeslight

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 two-acre yard, 40 acres of woods and a digital camera. My home is right in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks and 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.

-PS. I wrote the above years ago when I started this site. We are maybe, maybe not, maybe someday moving in the near/spring/summer/2017-18/possibly never future. Because of said potential move, my gardening/yard stuff is currently in holding pattern. If/when we do get this move accomplished, I’ll have a whole new yard to blog about. Until then, I’ve decided that rather than leave Dirt dead in the water, I’ll start adding some of my non-yard projects to site. I’ve managed to put together enough blog-worthy Halloween and Renaissance Festival costumes, classroom doors and school projects that I can now call myself a Maker.
So until we either move or decide we’re staying put, I’ll be sharing those.
-Belle, Winter Solstice, 2016.

-PPS. I updated that 10 year old picture too.

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