Author Archives: Joanne Toft

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!

What is in a name? Peppers

It’s a cool rainy morning and not one to be out in the garden unless you want to get really wet. It is also almost mid July and the summer harvest in not far away. At least I hope! It … Continue reading

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Walking the Line

This is a phrase that might bring the likes of Johnny Cash to some peoples minds. Others may be thinking cowboys out riding their horses along the fence line but for me a city gardener, a want to be farmer, … Continue reading

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Chlorophyll, plants, art and 3rd graders

Sometime you just need to be outdoors and in the real world to make connections. When sitting with trees, and plants all around you it is easier to take in how much we are the same as the plant world … Continue reading

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Signs of spring – outside in the snow

Minnesota is fighting to find spring. We are 65 degrees one day and snowing the next. It is now officially May and yes it snowed again today. ┬áIt did not snow enough to stay on the brilliant green grass but … Continue reading

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The Winter winds – February 1

The wind that we do not see is still here – we just feel the sharp cold seeping into our skin as we move down the path. It pushes us back to where we started. The wind we do not … Continue reading

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Peppers – learning history from my garden

This spring while planning the garden my daughter asked me to start some hot pepper seeds. I am not a person who loves hot food but why not. I also have not had the best of luck with peppers. They … Continue reading

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Mid Summer Garden or following your cell phone screen

It is now the middle of July and we are approaching the hottest days of the year. I am hearing 100 with heat index of 110 degrees. There will be no gardening during the heat wave. I am hoping for … Continue reading

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Spring begins with a chill – April’s First Blooms

It is April first, chilly (35 degrees), sunny, clear blue skies and super wet ground. It has been raining on and off for the last few days but the ground and the plants seem very happy to drink it all … Continue reading

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Fresh Start – learning about my garden in the winter

It is December 28th and we are just days away from a new year. The ground in my garden here in Minnesota is frozen solid and there is a few inches of snow covering all of the yard. It is … Continue reading

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Winter has begun but we are still growing

It is December 22 – we have had a light covering of snow although the temperature is hovering around 32 degrees. The garden is officially asleep and it is officially winter. The ground is frozen and leaves have fallen leaving … Continue reading

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