Playing Farmer

One morning a week, usually on Friday, I pretend to be a country girl.

After finishing our morning routine, the kids and I head outside to tackle “the chores”. With the rainy summer we’ve had, the grass and weeds grow quicker than I can conquer them, but it’s time to attempt it. The fresh earthy smell of cut clover fills the air as I carefully weed-eat, dodging the straggling strawberry vines or swift-spreading lavender in our seven small garden beds.


The ascending sun beats down, so I don my straw hat to shade the sun and keep working. Once the yard is finished (or my battery runs out) it’s time to tend the garden: pulling a few weeds in one bed, staking tomatoes or asparagus in another, and wondering what on earth to do with the sage bush that threatens to take over another.

At this stage in gardening and motherhood, at least fifty percent of the planting happens after dark or at the beginning of a rain shower, but every once in a while I find time to actually dig in the dirt on a sunny Friday morning and plop a few seeds into the earth.

Hour for hour and dollar for dollar, I’m not sure the gardens are exactly worth the effort in the strict financial sense, but few things bring as much joy as watching our little garden plots bloom and bear fruit.

With dirty hands and dirt-streaked clothes, I turn to the chicken coop. Rose feeds the chickens, but refilling their five gallon pail with fresh water weekly is my job. So is cleaning out their coop. I try to think of the beautiful pile of sweet-smelling compost our garden will get next year as I scrape the chicken poop out of the pen.

Any allusions of a sparkling clean chicken coop I held when we first brought home baby chicks have met their just end. Once the coop is clean enough and our girls have fresh water and straw, I tidy up the tools.

Then I head inside for a shower, grateful to be a city girl again. Until next week.

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Recipe: Spinach Chips

“Mama, can I please have more spinach chips?” my two-year-old begged.

“Yes, but finish the rest of your food first,” I said. As I answered, I could hardly keep from chuckling. Since first trying these delicious spinach chips, “more spinach” has been a regular request at our dinner table. Spinach has become a reward for finishing the rest of their food.

A bed of spinach

I planted a whole bed of spinach, just to keep up with the demand.

We’ve made this recipe so many times, I thought it was high time to share our own favorite varieties.

Spinach (or Kale) Chips

Spinach chips tossed in oil


  • Fresh spinach (or kale)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Our favorite flavors (optional):

  • Fresh garlic & a touch of cayenne (I use about one clove per of garlic plus a teensy dash of cayenne per panful) OR
  • Lemon juice & pepper (about half a squeezed lemon and a generous dash of freshly ground pepper per panful)

Spinach chips ready to bake


  1. Preheat oven to 325° for spinach [or 300° for kale].
  2. Wash spinach thoroughly and pat dry
  3. Toss very lightly with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt
  4. Add flavors, if desired, and toss thoroughly
  5. Spread in a single layer on pan.
  6. Bake for 7-12 minutes, depending on the size of your spinach. The chips should be paper thin and crisp.


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Backyard Garden Update

Few things are as exciting as watching life spring up from the ground, grow, and produce fruit.

Our backyard is sloped, on the small side, and when I Called-Before-I-Dug, the guy remembered our yard from last year because it has such a ridiculous number of wires in it. Still, it’s amazing how much you can grow in a backyard without sacrificing every inch of play space to garden beds.

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After a harsh and long winter, the first warmish days in March practically demanded a day in the dirt.

I picked up a handful of soil and it felt like rich crumbly chocolate cake. Just like the author of Back to Eden predicted, keeping the soil covered with mulch kept the soil loose and moist and practically eliminated the need for a shovel.

My only concern is that the mulch might have provided a home to the many bad bugs that found their way into our garden last year. Only time will tell. At this point the mulch seemed to be a pretty amazing addition to the garden.

Before planting, I just scooted over the mulch, mixed in several buckets of rich well-aged horse manure (thanks Elissa!), and planted lettuce, carrots, peas, spinach and kale seeds in one of the beds.

As the weeks ticked by and the seedlings refused to emerge, I feared that the snow had killed the seeds. But finally lettuce, spinach, and kale appeared. Three weeks later, the pea seeds still showed no signs of life. I soaked peas again and poked new holes by the original pea seeds. Guess what I found while making holes. Yep, a lovely little pea sprout.

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I was going to save the second bed for summer plants, but after finding this recipe for spinach chips, we have been burning through the spinach at a pretty ridiculous rate.

Thrilled as I am that the kids are scarfing down spinach, spinach is a vegetable I like to buy organic since it’s one of the dirty dozen and the bill was definitely adding up. So I decided to devote the second bed to spinach (and a bit more lettuce) to hopefully keep up with our latest “addiction”.

A month later, we’re just beginning to enjoy the first baby leaves of spinach and lettuce. Yum!

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Meg adores the chicks!

See that BUSH of oregano behind Meg? It isn’t called creeping oregano for nothing. That stuff is crazy. It survived the winter just fine and is threatening to take over. Thankfully, oregano is one of the best herbs for chicken health, according to Fresh Eggs Daily, and the chicks gobble up any we feed them like candy.

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Raspberry multiplication

Only one raspberry cane survived the winter, but as spring warmed up dozens of new canes sprung up! Here’s to hoping the birds and bugs let us enjoy some.

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My sweet little helper

I’ve wanted to plant strawberries for over a decade. This spring, I finally got to.


See that? Now we just have to wait three years to enjoy it. 

Since I was ordering strawberries anyway, it just made sense to add some asparagus too since it’s another family favorite. Right?

Garden Musings

Despite visits from aphids, stink bugs, leaf hoppers, earwigs, slugs, cucumber beetles, and squash vine borers, last year we had our very first “successful” garden since getting married. (Not moving, living out of state and/or having serious medical issues all summer definitely helped!)

The snow has melted (at least the latest round), leaving the bare mulch-covered garden plots beckoning for me to come play in them. Months of severe winter cold have intensified my spring planting fever.

As I cozy up with seed catalogs, here are a few tips from one budding gardener to another.

Petunias-a lovely companion plant (photo credit)

Plant beautiful things, not just practical- a dear friend of mine and I were pouring over the Baker Creek seed magazine last spring while we day-dreamed about our gardens. Hers was going to be lovely, with dahlias and zinnias stealing the limelight and vegetables conveniently tucked in between them. My garden? It was going to be as practical as could be.

“Anna! Look at these beautiful flowers!” my friend said, “You CAN’T just plant vegetables! Make it beautiful, not just practical.”

I did. Sort of. I lined the garden with marigolds, petunias and zinnias (all of which are supposed to be highly beneficial for the vegetables in the garden, making them practical and beautiful choices.)

The flowers did more than just attract good bugs to fight the myriad of bad bugs attacking our garden though. Each time I looked down at the garden from my bedroom window, it was the brilliant yellow marigolds and soft pink petunias that made me want to pull out the gardening tools and play in the dirt. Beauty attracted me and encouraged me to care for the more practical things, like tomatoes or squash.

Finish what you start

Normally spring finds me dreaming of gardens and drawing and redrawing garden plans. As spring gives way to the heat of summer and bugs and heat battle for control of the garden, it’s harder to keep motivated.

Plan from the beginning to finish strong. Usually, at the end of season I let the garden debris sit for at least a month before tackling it. Sometimes it sits until springtime. This time I cleaned up the garden the day after our first hard frost. The experience was amazing. Every time I looked out the window on the nicely mulched beds it made me excited for spring to come again.

Dead-head your flowers

Much like in life, leaving a spent flower on the plant saps nutrients from going to form fresh flowers. I had no idea the difference that dead-heading flowers makes until this past year! Regularly snipping off the dead flowers kept the plants blooming beautifully all summer long. (If you’ve got littles, dead-heading is a great job for them to do supervised. They get to learn about gardening *and* use scissors. Total win.)

Surround yourself with experienced gardeners

Wise gardener friends, beautiful blogs like Deep Roots at Home, and inspiring books like “One Magic Square” (read my review here) make gardening an even more delightful experience.

Don’t Expect Perfection

Unless you have a really green thumb, use loads of pesticides and/or have a full-time gardener in your employ, don’t expect perfection. In One Magic Square, Lolo says to expect at least one crop to fail, others to do so-so and a few to do splendidly.

Even if you follow all the right steps, some years you just might not get calendula to grow. Even if you plant it four times. Supposedly it’s one of the hardiest fail-proof plants in the garden. Not my garden. At least not last year. Maybe this year I’ll have better success.

Plant Herbs

If you have time for nothing else, buy a few herbs and stick them in the ground. With the exception of calendula, the herbs I planted could hardly have been simpler to grow and it was so rewarding to step out and pick fresh parsley or basil to garnish a meal or add a few sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary to a sauce.

Track Your Harvest

When we harvested our first ripe cucumber, we marked a tally on an empty “Produce From Our Garden” list. As the garden grew and we brought in a basket bursting with produce, we’d make tallies on the sheet: five tomatoes, two cucumbers, two squash, etc.

Real gardeners feel free to laugh, but it was such a fun way to see just how the garden did. The only problem was that when we showed Joshua our list, he realized just how little of the produce lasted till dinner time for him to enjoy with us. (Really, I’m grateful the kids love vegetables, but they’d gladly eat a basketful of vegetables each day!)

Around the time Edmund joined our family we lost track, but the tally marks had already proved the garden a smashing success. (Not that there’s really such a thing as a failed garden.)

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Fruitfulness Trumps Efficiency

We live in an age that pushes productivity. Maximize efficiency, cross things off the to-do list, and realize your full potential: these are all are key goals of modern life.

Productivity is a good thing. The Proverbs 31 woman accomplished an incredible amount (though I believe her portrait is of a lifetime, not a single day.)

Sometimes though, productivity is so much in the spotlight, that we forget that God desires fruitfulness much, much more than a checked off to-do list.

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Sometimes fruitfulness and efficiency walk hand-in-hand. Sometimes though, the fruitfulness God is working into our lives demands that we set the to-do list aside for a while.

That we love our children by letting them “help” make cookies in the freshly mopped kitchen. (Not that mine’s been freshly mopped in a while.)

That we choose joy when little people demand attention just as we gain momentum on a project.

That we practice patience when the one simple thing we really, really want done on the to-do list gets trumped day after day by our calling as wives or moms.

It may not be orderly anymore, but at least there’s lots of green, right? 

Before Edmund came, the kids and I attempted to tame the garden jungle and I had to laugh at my planning. Only two of the eight cucumber seedlings survived, but they had way outgrown the cages that were supposed to contain them. You could hardly even find the cages beneath the dense cover of green. The tomatoes hit the top of their trellis and didn’t get the memo that it was time to stop growing. Their tops curved down and around and are in danger of toppling over completely.

It was such a striking example of life: our efficient pretty plans get completely overrun and we have to choose between embracing the fruitfulness or trying to push everything back into the neat little boxes we’ve assigned for them.

Efficiency is often a good thing, but sometimes we need to set it aside and embrace the mess of fruitfulness.

Review: One Magic Square

This spring I checked out stacks of gardening books from the library. One Magic Square quickly became my favorite. After several “failed” gardens the past few yearsLolo Houbein’s spunky and encouraging style helped rekindle my dream of a successful garden. 

Lolo doesn’t encourage her readers to aim for a garden that could be featured in Better Homes and Gardens. In fact, she encourages gardeners to expect some of their crops to be utter failures, especially if they choose the organic route.

If you look closely at pictures, you’ll see that some of the leaves in her garden have holes in them and she freely admits that she hasn’t been able to grow melons (though that doesn’t keep her from trying!)

That’s one of the things I love so much about her book.

She insists that a good gardener doesn’t give up after a few failed attempts. The good gardener keeps learning, keeps trying, and keeps hoping.

One Magic Square is organized in a gardener-friendly format. The first portion is full of helpful information about setting up a garden, keeping the pests at bay, weeding, watering, etc.

Since one of my main goals for gardening is to grow pesticide-free produce for my family to enjoy, her organic ideas and don’t-stress-about-a-few-bugs attitude were particularly useful.

In the second portion of One Magic Square, Lolo offers 30 plot designs. She starts with simple “salad plots” and moves on to more complicated plots like curry vegetables or root crops. Built into the plans is important crop rotation information and companion planting ideas.

The plots are designed for a square yard, but we  Joshua built beds that were 4×8 for me instead. (Not only because I wanted a bit more room, but it made much more sense from a lumber standpoint.) Even though my garden doesn’t mimic hers exactly, having beautiful, well-organized plans to work from was very useful.

The plans highlight her practice of intensive gardening, which basically means lots of vegetables packed into a small space. As my little garden beds have grown and matured, this intensive gardening (and the use of wood chip mulch, like recommended in the Back to Eden gardening video) have cut way down on the need to weed and water. Occasionally, the plans seemed a little too intense, but that’s the beauty of a gardening guide: you don’t have to follow it exactly.

The final major section is a planting guide for the dozens of vegetables, herbs, and fruits mentioned in the garden plans. It includes helpful planting, watering/fertilizing, and harvesting information. When questions arise out in the garden, it’s the first spot I look for an answer. 

Eventually, I want my gardening “library” to include half a dozen highly helpful gardening books, but One Magic Square was my first pick. The publishers graciously sent me a review copy that I have already turned to multiple times. By the time I’m done with it, I’m sure the crisp pages will be well-loved and soil-stained. 

If you want just one book to motivate and guide you to a successful garden, let me recommend One Magic Square.

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A Peek into our Summer

The first half of summer has simply flown by. With a new baby on the way and Rose starting school in earnest this fall, one of my main goals for the summer was simply to savor the moments with my children.

Blogging has been on the back burner (as you can tell!), so I thought I’d give you a peek at what we’ve been up to. 

Joshua’s family–just think how big it will be in ten years! (photo credit)

The summer got off to a lovely start with Joshua’s little sister Becca’s beautiful wedding. Outdoor weddings are risky, but her dream was to get married in her parents’ backyard. The dream turned out practically perfect.

Rose with the kids’ favorite pony, Sackett

June began with two events the kids had been highly-anticipating: Rose’s sixth birthday and the children’s very first horse “show” (thanks Elissa!)Those who warned me that time flies by much faster once you become a mom were right. It’s hard to believe that Rose is already six and little Meg can sit on a horse (almost) by herself. 

Rose’s favorite part of turning six was getting to stop laying down for a quiet time. We bought her a beautifully illustrated copy of The Secret Garden (thanks Candace for the recommendation!) and have had lots of fun reading it together while the other two nap.

Joshua had to go to Texas for training mid-June. My mom and sisters helped speed the time till he got home by painting our bedrooms. I still wake up each morning and smile when the sun peeks through the white curtains (which I still haven’t taken time to iron) and lights up the relaxing warm-gray walls.

Most of my lengthy before-the-baby-arrives to-do list probably won’t get done [maybe, just maybe, I’ll get those curtains ironed], but it’s so much fun to be able to “nest” in my own home. With Will and Meg we spent the summers leading up to their births with family (which was awesome), but I almost drove myself crazy trying to “nest” away from home. 

 Despite the grimace, Will couldn’t stop talking about how fun their fishing “trip” was. It helped that he caught his first little fish almost instantly. 

Earlier this year while reading through the Gospels with the children, I read the verse “if your son asks you for a fish, will you give him a snake?” Later that day Will announced that Joshua was taking him fishing. He hadn’t talked to Joshua, but was fully convinced that Jesus’ words meant that if a son asks for a fish, his father will take him fishing. (How could Joshua say “no” to that?!)

We joined my family at the lake for the day, Joshua and Will finally got to go on their fishing trip. 

Will’s fish was too small to keep, but we did get to have dried fish (a traditional Faroese treat) for lunch. 
When it came right down to it, sleeping in a tent seven months pregnant with wiggly little ones didn’t seem like quite as much fun as I’d originally thought, but we let Rose spend the night. Even though I knew I was entrusting her into good hands and that she and my baby sis (who’s only five months older than she is!) would have a marvelous time, letting go was harder than I thought.
Fears of her drowning or getting abducted flooded my mind, until I finally entrusted her into God’s hands. All my fears proved unnecessary. She survived the weekend with nothing worse than a few chigger bites.
What has your summer been like?
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Garden with Attitude

“Garden with attitude,” Lolo Houbein urges in her lovely gardening book “One Magic Square.”

What does she mean? Be spunky. Keep trying. Keep learning. Don’t expect perfection (especially if you choose the organic route!)

Gardening isn’t like baking a cake. You can’t just follow a good recipe and expect perfect results every single time.

The gardener contends with soil-borne diseases, pests, floods in springtime, and drought in the summer with the hope of a bountiful harvest. It’s worth every bit of sweat, but gardening takes attitude.

I thought marigolds were fool-proof. Apparently not. This article about dead-heading saved the day for our marigolds. 

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Keep trying

Not every seed is going to germinate. Not every seedling will survive.

Don’t let failure get you down. If your seeds don’t sprout, try again. If slugs decimate your just-sprouted seedlings, try starting them inside. Once your seedlings are well-established, try again.

If your bean plants just won’t grow this year, at least you got to enjoy time in the sun and fresh air. Plant something else and try beans again next season.

Perseverance is as big a part of gardening as planting and weeding. Sure, some things you planted may not pay off, but other might be crazily successful.

Transplant lesson 101: Check transplants for bug infestations before planting. Thankfully we caught the aphids in time to rescue most of the plants!

Keep learning

There’s SO much to learn about gardening: about what plants do best together, about how to make your petunias (a great companion plant!) keep blooming, about which bugs you should encourage, not squash, on sight.

If you find something that works great, store it away for next year. If an idea fails, well, you’ll know what not to do next year.

Someday, after years of gardening, maybe you’ll be able to see a suspicious spot on a pepper leaf and know instantly what to do. For now, just keep consulting great gardening books, looking up pictures on the internet, and asking gardeners for advice.

Rose in her garden spot. The poor zinnia on the right and the seeds we planted in the back are barely surviving a bug attack. Hopefully they survive!  

Don’t expect perfection

Slugs made holes in my zinnias, I can’t find a single spinach plant I planted, and some of my tomato leaves are curled. It’s okay. I refuse to coat them in chemicals so will just keep trying to see what works.

I’m not gardening because I want to submit pictures of my gorgeous beds to Better Homes & Garden. I garden because I want to grow fresh organic food for my family, because I want to be just a little less dependent on the grocery store, and because it’s fun to soak up the fresh air and sunshine in God’s beautiful world while marveling at the beauty of green life.

The many imperfections are a good reminder that we can’t control everything. Gardening may not be as easy as making a cake, but fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables are well-worth the extra effort.

Like most things in life that are worthwhile, gardening requires “attitude.”

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Stop! Don’t Squash! (Encourage Good Bugs to Keep Bad Bugs at Bay)

Rose and I were planting peas last week when she suddenly stopped and said, “Mama look!” Beside her on a tulip sat three scary-looking bugs with spines on their backs.

My first instinct was to squash immediately, but sometimes the scariest-looking bugs are garden heroes. So I resisted the urge, grabbed Good Bug, Bad Bug and flipped quickly through the pages. There on the ladybug page was a picture of the ladybug larva.

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These larva are ferocious… at least if you’re an aphid, mealybug, or other garden pest.

Part of me really likes the sanitariness of pesticides. Just spray and kill all the bugs. Good as well as bad. Then you don’t have to worry whether that bug you see is eating your tomatoes or eating the bugs that want your tomatoes. Then you don’t have to risk seeing a spider busily at work in your garden or risk having a ladybug larva land on your arm.

Doesn’t that sound a bit appealing?

The problem is it would defeat one of my main purposes (and that of most home gardeners) of having a garden: growing fresh healthy food that isn’t covered in pesticide residue. Plus, it completely messes with the beautiful and intricate natural controls that God created to help our gardens.

As I’ve been reading about the bugs that make their homes in our gardens and the beautiful flowers and herbs we can plant to attract the good bugs and scare away the bad, I’ve been struck once again with wonder at God’s amazing creation.

For example, the beneficial hover fly won’t lay eggs on a non-infested plant. If the plant is infested, how many eggs a hover fly lays depends on the pest population. Isn’t that amazing? Beneficial bugs even communicate with one another by leaving a chemical mark on pests that have already been dealt with! (from Good Bug, Bad Bug)

One of my gardening goals is to create an environment that fosters all the beautiful (and ferocious) beneficial bugs.

I still have lots and lots to learn, but here are the steps I’m taking this year.

Learn to distinguish between good and bad bugs: 

If spending an hour playing with bugs wasn’t exactly your idea of fun as a kid (it sure wasn’t mine) then this can be a bit more of a challenge, but it’s proved to be quite exciting. When the kids or I come across a new bug, we’ll look it up in Good Bug, Bad Bug or The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control (two new favorites!) before we decide whether to encourage its presence or squash on sight from now on.

Grow flowers and herbs that attract good and discourage bad bugs: 

Marigolds, of course, are renowned for their ability to deter aphids and other bugs from around your vegetables (plus marigold roots clear the ground of microscopic nematodes that can reek havoc and the good effect lingers for up to three years!)

There are so many other amazing flowers and herbs to plant too, like nasturtium which “trap” bad bugs (and are edible), pungent herbs whose scent both confuses and deters bad bugs, and a vast variety of flowering plants that provide food and shelter for the good bugs if the pest population drops.

Create an environment that fosters good garden creatures: 

Previous owners of our home planted lilirope as a border around the little front gardens. The lilirope filled out into a big bushy mess that I really don’t like. I started clearing it away to replace with a rock border when I noticed beautiful blue-streaked skinks darting into the lilirope for cover. I was clearing away the home of the cute little lizards who feed on snails, slugs, grasshoppers, roaches and even small mice.

Before I clear away the other half of the lilirope, I want to be sure the skinks have another home by planting perennials they can overwinter in and hide from predators.

Many herbicides for treating weeds are toxic to lizards, frogs, and other small garden guests. Avoid using them if possible or seek a child and “pet”-safe natural alternative.

What are your favorite ways to make your garden a haven for good bugs? 

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Garden Beginnings

After four years of renting (and being gone for 1-3 months each summer) I am garden obsessed this spring. While I’m waiting for the weather to make up it’s mind that spring is really here, I’ve been busy reading, planning and gathering supplies.

Gardening books from the library–One Magic Square is my favorite so far! 

Start small and keep it manageable, I keep having to remind myself (especially since we’re expecting a baby this summer). I’d gladly dig up half the yard right now, but probably wouldn’t have the energy or desire to weed and water it all come summer’s 100 degree weather.

This year I’m focusing on growing on our top favorite vegetables that are high on the dirty dozen list and/or are fairly expensive. Plus, we’re putting in a few berry bushes. (Happy squeal!)


Tomatoes, mini bell peppers, and herbs

I’ve never started my own tomato or pepper seeds before, but when I opened a copy of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog, how could I resist? You get a greater variety to choose from, ensure they’re heirloom seeds, save money, and get to play in the dirt sooner.

We made cute little newspaper pots that you can plant straight in the garden following Jacquline’s, from Deep Roots at Home’s, easy tutorial. They were fun to make and even Rose and Will were able to help.

Once the seeds germinated, I needed a mount for the grow light that was adjustable. Duplos were the perfect solution.

 Lettuce and spinach peaking up behind the rose bush

The backyard garden plot isn’t ready yet, so my little sis and I dug up part of the existing bed in the front and tucked spinach and lettuce seeds behind the rose bushes.

A removable screen door (perfect for cute toddlers who can’t remember to close the door–and their mamas!) 

If you have busy little garden helpers and no screen door, a removable screen “door” is amazing! I found this one at a yard sale, but you could order one from Amazon or easily make your own too from a tension rod, netting and magnets.

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