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Denise Thornton

GIVING OUR ANNIVERSARY THE RASPBERRY

Yesterday was Doug’s and my 32nd anniversary.  It is serendipitous that our anniversary is also Earth Day, but it makes a fantastic reminder of the values that drew us together in the first place.  This year we celebrated by planting our raspberry patch. According to Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin,  “with […]

GREENHOUSE GROWING STRONG

Things are getting exciting in our mostly-finished greenhouse! Last year we raced to get the growing beds built and filled before the ground froze. This March we raced again to finish the top edge of the boxes so we could plant. By then the temperatures in the greenhouse were staying […]

CAN ANTS SAVE THE WORLD?

Today I’m posting a link to an article I wrote for Isthmus, the weekly newspaper in Madison WI. This was their lead story for the Earth Day issue, and I’m quite proud of it. The long, windowless room is uncomfortably warm and humid. The counters and shelves are filled with […]

BECOMING A MASTER GARDENER

I garden like I cook – using a mix of intuition, inspiration, opportunity and random readings.  This system works better for cooking, where any totally “out there” idea produces just a single adventure for the taste buds rather than a failed crop for the year. This spring I finally enrolled […]

A NEW LAPTOP DESK FROM SCRAPS

Green guidelines urge us to recycle and even better reuse.  I did just that this week.  Doug never throws out a nice piece of wood, and so he kept the old shelf when we redid our coat closet.  It was stained that dark color so popular 90 years ago, then […]

SPRING CLEANING CLUTTER

April 2.   The temperature floated up into the 70s in Madison Wisconsin yesterday.  Time to think about spring cleaning.  For me its time for more.  We are planning the house we will build on our land. It will be a lot smaller than our current house. It’s time to declutter.  […]

KWIK TRIP POND

We call it The Pond, but that term probably evokes a much grander water body than it actually is. The previous owner built a little dam across the end of a ravine and lined the basin with clay from the neighboring field.  He never actually found the spring he expected, […]

CITIZENS SEARCHING FOR SALAMANDERS

Let’s here it for Volunteer Environmental Monitoring! Volunteers are our eyes and ears into what is happening in the natural world.  With dramatic cuts in government-funded monitoring programs, volunteers have stepped up to the plate.  Grassroots environmental groups continue the monitoring that would have to be abandoned if it depended […]