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A Better Black Friday

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Whether we have fully accepted it or not, the holiday season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. You may reject the idea of Big Box lines at 2am for unnecessary gadgets and must-have technology (I do), but – completely against your will – you may also find yourself getting just a little excited at [...]

Order Bulbs for The Spring Garden (Before Everyone Else Has)

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Few things motivate a gardener the way that getting a plant ahead of another gardener does;  and by the end of August we need motivation more than we need food and water. To that end, I would like to draw your attention to the random assortment of bulb catalogs that started showing up two months [...]

Work or Pleasure? Well, that’s complicated.

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Last week, an audience member at a lecture asked me how I take time to enjoy my garden.  She liked to sit down, she said, and had benches everywhere to that end, but the minute she actually relaxed into one of them, her eyes would see a weed, or a wilting flower, or one of [...]

Don’t Break Your Back at The Beginning

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We launch right in, don’t we?  Even before the stores have had a chance to discretely remove the de-icing supplies and replace them with citronella buckets, we have moved mountains out there. Some of us, quite literally. The chores in the spring garden are too numerous to list and we wouldn’t have time to refer [...]

Making a Lot Out of a Little, Holiday Style.

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At this time of year there is much advice floating about to “use natural materials” to create amazing holiday decorations cheaply. Indeed I’ve floated much of it myself. When it comes to making holiday gifts and decorations, 'rustic' is the name of the game these days. However it did occur to me this [...]

April’s Garden

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The signs of spring right now are real, but can feel like an illusion when the wind is gusting.  But, assuming that the earth has not fundamentally changed its course, we should standing now at the beginning of something wonderful. April is traditionally the month when non-gardeners start thinking about the garden.  Tomatoes go in [...]

October’s Garden

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Gardeners or not, human beings scuttle around during the month of October crossing their 't's and dotting their 'i's before winter. Thankfully we've got an extraordinary backdrop to reflect upon in between jobs. Wood must be stacked or fuel tanks filled. The outside spigots must be turned off, and many a home owner starts to [...]

December’s Garden

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December is a month of transition in the gardener’s mind. The growing season is well and truly over, yet we are not quite ready to begin the daydreaming which will eventually lead to spring.  We're still thinking about this year's successes and failures and needing a small mental break before a new year brings new [...]