Connect with Nature, Even in Winter

The cold weather season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean you need to cut yourself off from nature now, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground. From the foods you select to the activities you plan, you can retain your connection to Mother Nature.… [Continue Reading]

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The Firewood Poem

When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2,… [Continue Reading]

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Chinese Solar Calendar: A Traditional Way of Looking At Time

Contributor: As another New Year begins, it's interesting to consider the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which featured 24 mini-seasons closely tied to what was happening in the natural world.  These 24 solar terms helped farmers remember their… [Continue Reading]

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Creating a Cottage Garden

A proper cottage garden, explains Oxford Dictionary, is defined as "an informal garden stocked typically with colourful flowering plants." And that's the type of garden I've created at my home (Zone 6B/7), as you can see above. From self-seeding poppies… [Continue Reading]

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Five Feng Shui Ways To Create A Warm And Nurturing Home

Just in time for the holidays, you'll find expert Feng Shui tips for creating a warm and nurturing home during this stressful month. This guest post is written by NYC-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  Photo credit Ann Bingley… [Continue Reading]

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Review: Troy-Bilt CORE Blower and Giveaway!

by Seasonal Wisdom on June 26, 2017

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 042The Jacaranda trees are blooming in Southern California and spreading purple flowers all over the place. See how the Troy-Bilt CORE blower performs in cleaning them up, and enter to win a $100 Lowe’s gift card.

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mower in back yardWhether your garden is flat or hilly, this 4×4 Self-Propelled Mower by Troy-Bilt can handle the challenge. Come check out this product review and see a bit of my garden – along with a surprise visitor! Read the full article →

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A Garden Tour in Spring

May 21, 2017

After a four year drought, California has finally had a rainy winter and spring. My small suburban garden has perked up quite a bit since we bought the property three years ago. So, I thought I would throw open my garden gate and invite you in for a little visit. Especially if you promise not […]

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Seven Things I Learned About Food

April 2, 2017

It’s been months since I’ve written in Seasonal Wisdom! My apologies and I’m about to remedy this situation. But one main reason is that I’ve been working on a full-time contract with the University of California’s Office of President to write about food and agriculture for its blog UCFoodObserver.com. Why in the world should you […]

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Ventura Farm Day Connects the Community

November 2, 2016

When was the last time you spent any time on a farm? Well, if you are like most people, it’s probably been quite a while … if ever. And that’s what a group of farmers about an hour north of Los Angeles want to change. More than 20 farmers in Ventura County, California are swinging […]

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Troy-Bilt Hedge Trimmer Powered by CORE

July 12, 2016

When it comes to garden chores, one of my husband’s least favorite jobs is trimming the 12-foot (often  higher) Cape honeysuckle growing in our backyard.  It’s a dirty, thankless job that needs to be done every few months so the plant doesn’t get out of control. But a new innovative cordless, battery powered hedge trimmer […]

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Creating the Cocktail Hour Garden

June 26, 2016

Have you ever become so busy that you simply forgot how to unwind outdoors at the end of the day? Well, C.L. Fornari wants to change that. She wants you to create such a relaxing outdoor space that you can’t wait to watch the sun set and the evening begin in your garden – especially […]

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Troy-Bilt Brush Cutter Makes Its Mark

June 19, 2016

It could happen to anyone, really. Our friends came home from vacation to an overgrown backyard, where the grass had grown really tall. In some places, the lawn had grown nearly knee-high, and the yard needed more than just a normal lawn mower to cut it. That’s when my husband decided to try out the […]

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Cultivating Garden Style with Rochelle Greayer

May 17, 2016

What are those special ingredients that elevate a garden into a stylish and unforgettable space? What’s the best way to unleash your garden personality, and how can you create an outdoor place that’s uniquely your own? Just in time for another gardening season, Seasonal Wisdom sat down with London-trained landscape designer Rochelle Greayer for ideas […]

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Discover Audubon’s Birds of America

May 1, 2016

If you love nature and fine art illustrations, you may like this news.  The National Audubon Society is offering free high-resolution prints of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Printed between 1827 and 1838, the illustrations include 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, including this striking barn owl detail.

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