Garden Adventures

Early June in My Front Yard Garden: Video Tour

front yard vegetable garden

The awesome thing about having a front yard garden is that I get to interact with my neighbors on a daily basis. On many summer mornings I rise early and head out to my garden. I snap photos as the sun starts to hit the plants and veggies, pull a few weeds, and harvest anything I want to eat that day. I often get involved in a chore that’s on my list because I just can’t help myself – I love gardening so much!

All around me my neighbors are waking up, walking their dogs, taking a jog, or biking to work. I get lots of waves, honks, and greetings of “Good morning, Megan! The garden looks great.”

Sometimes I stop to chat or answer questions, at other times I just smile and wave. My garden (and this gardener!) are definitely on display, and I have to admit, it makes gardening more fun. Instead of toiling away in my back yard by myself, I feel like I’m surrounded by my community.

Favorite Gardening Podcasts

vegetable garden in summer

During the winter when passionate gardeners like us can’t be out in our gardens, what activities are good stand-ins? Planning our gardens, reading books about gardening, starting seeds, and listening to other people talk about gardening on podcasts. Do you sense a theme here?

We can get our needed daily or weekly dose of gardening through other sources. In fact, my sanity depends upon getting my minimum daily requirement of gardening all year round.

(I completely understand if the term gardening addict just jumped into your mind. I never said I wasn’t crazy about gardening, did I?)

I recently shared five gardening books to put on your winter reading list. These are great for cold, dark winter nights.

But, there are certain situations in which it’s difficult to read a book – taking a walk, painting your guest room, working on an art project, cooking dinner, driving the car…

Luckily, that’s where podcasts come in. If you haven’t jumped on the podcast listening bandwagon yet, make 2017 your year. They’re easy to access, especially if you have a smart phone, and there are hundreds of thousands of podcasts out there on every subject imaginable, including gardening.

Over the years I’ve researched and listened to many gardening podcasts. And I’ve even been a guest on some of them. Here are my favorites. I encourage you to spend some of your winter free time exploring and listening to them in the coming weeks.

How We Travel the World on a Small Budget

Cheap World Travel

At the top of our favorite hike in the mountains of Chile, January 2014.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you may know that my husband and I love to travel. For many of the last 10 years we’ve spent 4-6 weeks of the Wisconsin winter in another country. (I reviewed our trips in this post.)

Traveling is a great way to meet interesting and adventurous people. I’ve always been fascinated by people who live unconventional lifestyles. In fact, many of them have influenced the ways in which I’ve constructed my own life over the years. Several years ago, I discovered author and blogger Chris Guillebeau.  He spearheads an online community, called the Art of Non-Conformity, devoted to “unconventional people doing remarkable things”.

The purpose of AONC is “to share the story of how to change the world by achieving personal goals while helping others at the same time.” When I first discovered his website he was in the midst of an incredible quest – to travel to every country in the world before his 35th birthday.

I’ve read all of his books, attended one of his conferences in Portland, and follow his blog.  Through him I’ve read about many amazing people, met fellow business owners, and learned many new things. But, the biggest gift I received from him was travel hacking.

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