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Why yes, this is a selfie in a bathroom. Humble beginnings. . .
Why yes, this is a selfie in a bathroom. Humble beginnings. . .

Hello!  I’m Kristen, a musician who is tired of the nomadic lifestyle.  All I’ve ever wanted to be was a singer, but once I achieved my goal I realized that the lifestyle is one that I can’t sustain.  This blog is about my journey towards a simpler life.  Less busyness, less guilt, less excess, and more family, more community, more fun.  I’m getting back to my prairie roots and embracing my love of DIY and gardening.  I love making things beautiful and I hope to share that with you.  I also want to encourage those of you who have a degree in fine arts or music that there is life after, even if its what you never imagined it to be.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

P.S. First time gardener? You'll want to download the quick start gardening guide below!