The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We recently flew to Florida for a working vacation. When I put my large suitcase on the scales, it weighed in at sixty-one pounds. “Either lighten the load or pay $90,” the airline agent said. My husband went for the zipper of my suitcase. He pulled out four ping-pong paddles. “WhyContinue reading “The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds”

Falling Leaves – A Yard Full of Gold

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Raking leaves into piles and then burning them was a tradition from my childhood. When I became an adult, I realized this was one tradition that needed to go. We don’t need to send more smoke up into the air. In many townships, municipalities, and regions of the United States, theContinue reading “Falling Leaves – A Yard Full of Gold”

Composting – Using Household Waste to Create Filthy Rich Dirt

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I’ve been composting kitchen waste ever since I had a small rooftop garden in my efficiency apartment in Ann Arbor in 1979. Since then I’ve composted on a 20-acre homestead, in an urban backyard and behind the shed in my current home in Pennsylvania. It’s a simple process and begins withContinue reading “Composting – Using Household Waste to Create Filthy Rich Dirt”

Night falls in Raccoon Township

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick My  husband bends over the soil, gently poking his onion seedlings into the ground. His concentration on the task rivals the greatest of Zen masters. He’s in a race to beat the rain hanging heavy in the dusk of day. Birds swoop low to the recently filled feeders. I imagineContinue reading “Night falls in Raccoon Township”