Make It Do

Following a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” philosophy not only protects our planet’s natural resources, but it provides a pause in the consumption cycle allowing for contentment with what we have. In this series I share personal stories of making do.
Weed Barrier and Mulch from Free Materials | the beauty in simple

The weeds got away from me this summer in a disastrous way. I didn’t attack them early in the season and they spread and went to seed. I left them in fear of sending all those seeds afloat, making matters worse. Ultimately, my solution to the problem was a weed barrier.

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Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes and Other Reasons Why this Plant is Magical | the beauty in simple

When I think of spring flowers, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips come to mind, but another early bloomer is the dandelion. I know what you’re thinking, a dandelion is a weed, not a flower, but you’d be mistaken. I’ve never had a hatred for the plant like many do. Likely because every spring, the meadow my childhood home looked down upon was a glorious sea of yellow dandelions. It was (and still is) a sight to behold. Beyond the sunny yellow flower that brings me cheer there are other reasons to embrace the dandelion. Before you arm yourself with a spray bottle of Roundup®, hear me out.

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