Monday, January 14, 2013

Straw Bale Gardening & Mantis Pods...

I don't know if all of you know, but I'm somewhat addicted to Kale.  I could eat that stuff [literally] for every meal.  
 Sauteed in sesame or roasted peanut oil is my favorite way to cook it ~ yum!:
I will only buy it if I can get it organic, but it gets pretty expensive when you eat as much of it as we do.  So I found out yesterday that a friend of mine actually grows it in straw bales in her greenhouse and I went to check it out ~ pretty impressive:
We are going to try and grow some in bales this Spring...wish us luck!  While I was there, I spotted this beautiful little creation:
Come to find out, it's a "Praying Mantis Egg Pod" and they are used to eat the little bugs that would otherwise prey on your veggies.  I'm in love!  Now I really can't wait until Spring, so I can not only grow my own Kale, but hatch some baby Mantid...thus, my drawing for today:
love it!  I ordered 100 bookmarks featuring some of my little journal drawings and they will be signed and dated by me and then randomly placed into orders from my Etsy Shop!  They are so cute!  
I did get this made and listed for sale today in the shop:
The carved bone roses are gorgeous!  This is a limited edition...only a few will be available.

Happy Monday!  Heading down to my chilly basement to check out my new Yoga DVD and walk on the treadmill...hope I can keep it up...wish me luck!

love & peace always ~ Kathy

"Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them." ~ Russell H. Conwell


  1. I absolutely love Mantis! I have a garden theme tattoo on my leg (from foot to knee) complete with gnomes, faeries, insects , flowers and a huge prominent African Mantis.
    They are so beautiful and you are so lucky!!!!

    1. I'm so excited about them!!! I can't wait to order some and then watch them hatch...of course, I'll post all updates and photos!! Spring can't get here fast enough! Thank you for reading my ramblings, Nichole :)

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