Browsing category: Reader Questions

How To Grow Jack-in-the-Pulpit From Seeds

Fall is the perfect time of year for harvesting jack-in-the-pulpit seeds. The berries will be a bright red and have a very soft and fragile skin. Inside each berry is a large amount of juicy pulp and one or more seeds.


Learning To Say No

Reader question… “I have been working hard to bring more simplicity into my life but in one area I am struggling big time. I am on countless committees, in groups and organizations. I’m always being asked to make or donate something for all the various events.”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”


What Do Bleeding Hearts Look Like When They First Come Up in the Spring?

Reader question… “Last summer I planted bleeding heart roots in one end of my patio garden. I need to clean away the dead leaves and debris but I’m nervous about accidentally pulling the plants up.”


What Do Hostas Look Like When They First Come Up in the Spring?

Reader question… “Last year was the first time I have ever grown hostas and I’m afraid they might have died over the winter. I haven’t been able to find any of the three plants I had.”


What Has Happened to My Rhododendron?

Reader question… “Help! I just noticed that the leaves on my rhododendron bush have changed to a purplish color and are curled into tight little cylinders. This rhododendron was here when we moved to this house and it has always bloomed profusely.”


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


When Christmas Isn’t So Merry

Reader question… “I’m dreading Christmas. With everything we buy costing more, financially we’re just barely getting by now and I know there isn’t going to be much money for buying gifts. Our kids aren’t the problem. The problem is my relatives…”


The Biggest Obstacle to a Simpler, Truly Fulfilling Life

“From your experience, what would you say is the biggest obstacle that people have to living a simpler, truly fulfilling life?” A reader asked me this question a few days ago, and I think my answer would have to be one word… “inertia…”


How To Make Sweet Pickles One Jar At A Time

Reader question… “I am wondering if you have a recipe for sweet pickles that I can make and keep in the refrigerator like with your dill pickle recipe.”