Happy New Year & Thank You…for Everything!

2013 3-22 Spring Snow (32)Happy New Year everyone!  What an amazing and sustaining year it has been!  The garden was prolific and insects few.  The fruits got fat and juicy and the seeds ripened.  Many rivers were run and lazy days spent in the woods or under the shade of ol’ Granddaddy oak.  Good friends and family gathered, stories were told, many were healed and songs were sung.

I began a new non-profit called Share the Seed, in which members grow out garden seed to give to people in need. In our very first year we grew to over 40 members and a brand new chapter.

And now that the new year finds us circling round once again in our journey of seasons, images of these blessed moments flash through my mind in a whirr of color and emotion.  Thank you to every single on of you who read and appreciated my work – and especially those of you who took the time to leave comments, join in the discussion, and share my articles with others.

In 2014, Show Me Oz published 58 articles featuring a wide array of topics.  From gardening, seed saving and nature, to farm fresh recipes, herbalism, homesteading, and so much more!  In four years, Show Me Oz has had over 370,000 visitors!  And I look forward to bringing each and every one of you another 12 months of new articles in 2015!

As always, if you enjoy what you see at Show Me Oz, please be sure to like, share, comment, and subscribe!  And because I don’t run ads on my site (though Word Press does) I don’t make money writing the articles you love to read.  I do it because I love to!  It’s my passion.

But if you’d like to support this passion and another year of great gardening and seed saving tips and tricks, more wild walks filled with foraging, edible and medicinal plants, herbalism, and yes, even a touch of hillbilly humor – please consider buying a book from the Show Me Oz Bookstore.

For auld lang syne – another year long past – here are just a few of the most popular posts from 2014.  I hope you’ll find something good to read!

Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!  We’ll see you next year! 

Indian Bent Trees: History or Legend

Indian Bent Tree.  Copyright Jill Henderson

Seed Saving Time: Ripe Seeds and the Float Test

Tomato seed float test - Jill Henderson - Show Me Oz at wordpress

Pink Cucumber Beetle? Look again!

Pink Ladybug [Coleomegilla maculata] Image by Jim Conrad [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Propagate Your Garden Plants with Softwood Cuttings

Elderberry cuttings

Wild Walk: Spring Beauties


What Lies Beneath: Karst and the Ozarks

Copyright Jill Henderson 2002

Pokeweed In The Pot – Or Not?

Cooking pokeweed copyright Jill Henderson

Multiply Your Plants the Cheap and Easy Way!

French Sorrel - Jill Henderson - Show Me Oz

The “Right to Farm” in the Ozarks

Animals on our small family farm.

Winterize Your Garden for Spring Success

Rocks make excellent mulch for woody perennials like lavender.

Granddaddy Trees and Old Cisterns – Part I

2007-4 (2) Grandaddy tree

Itching for Summer

By Orrling and Tomer S (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Sound of Nature

Barred Owl in the Rain

Seed Saving Time: Drying and Storing Your Home Grown Seeds

Paper packets work great for storing most types of seed.

Seed Saving Time: Spinach

Garden spinach (Spinacia oleracea). Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Easy Refrigerator Pickles

Easy Refridgerator Pickles

Wild Walk: Goldenrod


Nature Notes: Sinkholes and Springs in the Ozarks

Boze Mill Spring

THPOKH-214x321_thumb7The Healing Power of Kitchen Herbs

Learn how to grow and use the world’s oldest, safest, and most medicinal herbs with this easy step-by-step guide!  From starting seeds to preparing home remedies, The Healing Power of Kitchen Herbs is a treasured resource that you will turn to time and time again.

Available in the Show Me Oz Bookstore.
Look inside!

Jill Henderson is an artist, author, and the editor of Show Me Oz . Her books, The Healing Power of Kitchen Herbs, The Garden Seed Saving Guide and A Journey of Seasons can be found in the Show Me Oz Bookstore.  Jill is a contributing author for Acres USA and Llewellyn’s Herbal Almanac and her work has appeared in The Permaculture Activist and The Essential Herbal.

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7 responses to “Happy New Year & Thank You…for Everything!

  1. Yes it was a good year, even with the 34 day drought we had the freezers and pantry are full, got the 2015 seeds ordered and ready to plant.

    • Those summer droughts can be a bear, Gary! I can’t count the number of years we gardened under those conditions – thankfully, last year wasn’t one of those for us. But like you said, even in the droughty times we somehow always managed to put away a nice bit of food to enjoy all winter long. Have fun planting those seeds and have a great New Year!

  2. I’ve enjoyed your website since I found it earlier this year. Here’s hoping 2015 treats you well!

  3. Forgot to mention that I’m adding your home page to my Reconnect to Nature page over at WildOzark.com: http://www.wildozark.com/reconnect-to-nature/

  4. Thank you, Madison! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. And thanks for the link. I’ll be checking out your blog in more detail – it looks awesome! Have a great new year!

  5. Thank you for your help with squash planting. We are still enjoying the Butternuts from last summer and saving their seeds for the next. As far as reading goes, I have recently discovered Diane Ackerman and her many tomes. Currently reading: Cultivating Delight, A Natural History of My Garden.
    As for next year’s garden, “The worst will surely happen, as well as the best. Some flowers will grow, others die, but the garden will continue, the gardener will plant new dramas and mint new dreams.”

  6. You are so welcome, Bob! I love it when I can pass on information that helps others. And thank you for your comments and support. I checked out the book and it looks like something I should read! I’ll have to put it on my list! Wishing you a fantastic New Year and a prosperous garden season!

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