Welcome to the Spring Issue of the quarterly Almanac Blog Newsletter!
I always love spring and its new beginnings. Nature never ceases to amaze me. My work comes from the deep love and respect I have for it. Its protection and preservation continues to inspire me everyday.
Immersing ourselves in nature cleanses away stress when we walk in a forest. Taking a ‘forest bath’ allows you to breathe in air that contains volatile essential oils from surrounding trees with active components that have antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. So wonderful! Learn more here.
One of life’s pleasures is enjoying seeing birds visiting the garden, and as it turns out, Spring is a great time to put birdhouses up for those visitors! Read all about it here.
Spring is such a beautiful time because nature is coming back to life, animals are ending their hibernation, trees are bursting with blossoms and the Monarch butterfly is emerging and looking for a mate, then migrating north and east to lay their eggs on milkweed plants. I have baby Monarch butterfly caterpillars in the milkweed I planted just for them and I couldn’t be happier! The Monarch numbers are dwindling, and the EPA has recently asked for tougher rules on the use of the dreaded weed killer glyphosate, which was first marketed under the brand name Roundup, in order to save America’s most beloved insect from further decline. Join me in signing a petition to protect the Monarchs. Learn more about Monarchs here.
In Out & About, Caroline Gladstone takes us on her latest foraging adventure in the English countryside where she explains how to eat dandelions amongst other things, and Karin Labby is inspired to share her friends’ garden bounty in her post friends with benefits.
Big news: LOLA is going to print this month!
In case you don’t know about LOLA, lots of love always, is a book I’ve written for young women about how to live a sustainable lifestyle and make healthy choices that are good for them and good for the planet. LOLA is available for pre-order here and ships starting in the first two weeks of May. In case you know a young lady who is graduating from high school or college, LOLA is the perfect graduation present.
March 8th, don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour.
I’m passionate about reducing the amount of waste my household produces, and even orange peels can be repurposed. Learn how from my blog.
March 19th-22nd is the Great Crane Migration, where tens of thousands of Sandhill cranes and millions of waterfowl migrate through central Nebraska during March. Apparently, it’s one of the most extraordinary sights you’ll ever witness. To learn more about it: http://nebraskacranefestival.org
April 3rd- Happy Birthday to Dr. Jane Goodall! Send her a birthday wish by supporting the incredible work that she does: janegoodall.org.
April 22nd is Earth Day when over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Earth Day Network creates tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community. Learn how you can participate here: earthday.org.
Do you have Vegetable Warriors in your garden? I have 5! Find out what they are from my blog. I would love to hear from you about which are the vegetable warriors in your garden. You can comment on the blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And as always, if you love keeping in touch via Twitter, you can find me there, or if you prefer the Facebook platform, I’m there as well and I also post images regularly via Instagram.