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Introducing Tammy Mayrend, Gardening Contributor

As a new blogger for the site, I wanted to introduce myself a bit more. My interests are pretty broad and always include my children, however here on the Prime Parents Club, I’ll be blogging about being outdoors in the garden!

Gardening has always been a passion. I have very early memories of the grandparents taking me into the garden and teaching me about preparing, planting and harvesting all of nature’s bounty. They even taught us that you (shhh!) don’t need to wash the fruit or veggies first so long as you wipe of most of the dirt! Somewhere there is a photo of me in the my diaper, covered in dirt from head-to-toe, munching on a carrot just pulled from the ground. Both sets of grandparents had huge multi-acre gardens, and both of my grandmothers were fantastic cooks, bakers and preservation experts. I consider myself lucky to have been taught by the best.

Now, as a parent, I love the garden even more. Every home I have lived in had a garden, even if it had to be in patio pots. My criteria for growing plants is that it has to be tasty or a favorite, interesting, or serve a specific purpose. Recently, I have started foraging from nature too, augmenting our plates with tasty, new ideas.

I’ve taught my children, now 6 and 8, about baking, canning, gardening and foraging. We enjoy making our own maple syrup, picking whatever wild fruits we find, looking for spring ramps and spring and fall mushrooms, and gardening!

I have several “types” of gardens around the house. A shade garden, butterfly garden, fruit/veggie garden, weed garden (oh wait, that’s our lawn that I am slowing changing to more gardens), landscaping out front and what I like to call “my-husband-wouldn’t-mow-so-I-dropped-drought-tolerant-plants-there-to-prevent-a-nasty-lawn” garden. I suppose it’s better called “a rain garden.” I also live on a retention pond and have started to beautify the edges of it as best I can. Otherwise, I have to look directly out my doorway at the large drainage tube protruding from the water. This year I am considering adding fruit trees somewhere, possibly utilizing my deck space for planters full of food, and also having the kids plant a “pizza” garden.

Content that you can also expect is planting tips, garden preparation ideas, interesting thoughts on how to use what you’ve harvested, and some foraging ideas to get you out there. Anything goes for me, and I look forward to getting to know all of you better.

If you have a gardening question you’d like seen answered I’d love to help too, just send me your question with specifics on your scenario!

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[author_info]About the Author

Tammy is an avid gardener and novice forager who likes to preserve her efforts the way God intended. When at all possible she enjoys finding new things while tromping around in the woods or garden and loves to include her children in her gardening endeavors. [/author_info][/author]

Tammy Jex Mayrend has been blogging since 2008 for clients and started several of her own blogs in 2009 including the Michigan Backyard Gardener ( and the Ann Arbor Mom ( blog. She can also be found throughout the web as a contributor on many sites since her employer, PWB Marketing Communications ( keeps her busy as the director of search and social media. . Growing up, Tammy has many memories of spending time with grandparents in the garden, learning how to plant, grow and preserve food. Camping and spending time outdoors has always been a big part of her life. Now as a parent herself, she has filled her children's lives with spending time walking in the woods, fishing, gardening and preserving all of summer's natural bounty. She isn't happy unless she can get her hands dirty! Some of the favorite things the family does together is to do nature crafts, cook, make real maple syrup and hunt for the elusive morel mushroom!


  1. Tammy Jex Mayrend

    January 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks Jackie!

  2. Prime Parents' Club

    January 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I canNOT wait to read more about your foraging and making your own maple syrup!



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