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What To Do In Bangkok

I just returned from a long trip in Southeast Asia and have been enjoying sharing my adventures with you here and on social media little by little. Bangkok is a feast for the senses. The colors, the sounds, the smells are inspiring and full of possibility. Unlike the country excursions I went on in Chiang Mai, Bangkok is dense and intense and has everything you could want at your fingertips, […]

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How to Tell If These Tricky Fruits Are Ripe

Nothing is better than fresh, sweet, delicious fruit straight out of the fridge (mmm). But there are some “tricky” fruits that are hard to tell whether or not they are ripe enough, especially without having to cut them open. Here is the ultimate cheat sheet on how to tell if these fruits are ripe and ready to eat. Let us know if you have any of your own #modernpioneering hacks […]

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How to Trellis Your Raised Bed Garden

One of my FAVORITE things about my garden this year is how we trellised the raised bed gardens. Not only is it a great visual, it is very practical and easy to install. We’re going to talk about why trellis systems are a great idea and walk you through how to build one using an existing raised bed as a starting point. Here are a few reasons why you should […]

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How to Make Fruit Vases

One of my favorite things to do in summer is pick flowers and make bouquets. I sometimes find them growing wild in parking strips and random lots and really go to town. You don’t have to have a lot of land around you to make it work. You also don’t even need to have glass vases to put them in! In fact it’s far more fun to turn fruits or […]

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How to Turn a Plastic Bottle into an Irrigation Tool

We’ve talked about the advantages of container gardening, as well as ideas for fabulous and unlikely growing containers. But then of course there’s caring for container plants. I have been traveling a lot during these past few months, as many people do in the summer time. I also happen to have a lot of plants that need love while I’m away, and the hot months are when they need a […]

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How to Save Seeds for the Future, Especially Heirlooms

It’s that time of year, when fruits are being harvested, and I teach you how to save seeds for the future, especially heirlooms. This is especially important as more and more varieties are lost as we continually buy just the few varieties offered to us in the grocery store. In my first book “Food Heroes,” I told the story of a seed saver in Berea, Kentucky who was saving heirloom […]

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Inside 137 Pillars Chiang Mai

As many of you know, I just returned from exploring several countries in Southeast Asia and one of my favorite areas was the north of Thailand in the city of Chiang Mai. The experience was made particularly special by my stay at 137 Pillars Chiang Mai, which many of you have asked me about since I chronicled the experience so thoroughly on my Instagram and Instagram stories. If you missed it, […]

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How to Make a Flower Press and Dry Flowers

As a child I used to love to collect summer flowers, green clover, and fall leaves for my flower press. I would then paste them onto homemade cards or drop them into letters before sending them off so that the reader had a little piece of where I was writing from. Today I’m going to show you how to make a flower press and dry flowers so that you can […]

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How to Be a Fruit Bowl Gardener

One of my favorite things is to get what my dad calls “volunteers” in the garden. Thess are plants that spring up from having their seeds tossed in the compost pile, and later getting transplanted when the compost is added to the soil. This has happened with squash, zucchini and zinnia flowers this year. But this is something you can do intentionally as well. For example, did you know that […]

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A Local’s Guide to Seoul, South Korea

Editor’s Note: Have the travel bug? Today we have a South Korean native sharing her inside scoop on her wonderful homeland. You won’t want to miss this detailed and exciting insider’s guide. Take it away Cheryn! Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, I took many aspects of my hometown for granted. This is my first summer in back after going away to college, and the visit has made me realize how […]

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