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Gardening when you’re gone

Gardening when you’re gone

I lay my kindle in my lap and stretched, digging my toes into the warm sand. Scanning the blue horizon where only a thin line delineated between sea and sky, I drank in the sights and sounds. My eyes landed on a dark man with a wide-brimmed hat. He wielded a long knife and sliced […]

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May 1, 2018 | By More
Four questions

Four questions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yellow particles coat our cars, flip-flops emerge from the cobwebs in our closets, and daylight pushes our kids’ bedtimes later and later. And lots of people decide they want to start a garden, perhaps for the first time. But like a child tiptoeing to the edge of […]

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April 1, 2018 | By More
Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

I was as green as I hoped my thumb would be someday, but nothing could stop my determination. Having not even planted a single vegetable in my very first garden, I made plans to grow blueberries. In the same way I approached everything in my first garden, I researched. Following advice of those who had […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More
Good things grow for those who wait

Good things grow for those who wait

I stepped down from the truck’s passenger side onto the parking lot at Lowe’s. Unseasonably warm February air greeted me, stoking my longing for spring. But whatever we had come for flitted from my mind the instant I saw the vibrant green signs. I mumbled something to my husband about meeting him later, though I […]

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February 1, 2018 | By More
Hanging out with my girls

Hanging out with my girls

I slipped on my Slogger boots and walked through the dew-soaked grass toward my garden. Opening the gate, my white hen trotted to greet me. “Good morning, Lucky Duck!” My daughter named this hen when we brought our first flock home four years ago. With her snowy feathers, she reminded my then 3-year-old of a […]

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November 1, 2017 | By More
Symbol of a simpler time

Symbol of a simpler time

Holding my phone at eye level, I added one more snapshot to the multitudes who have taken the same picturesque photo. As iconic as the Grand Teton Mountain in its background, the historic T.A. Moulton barn boasts the title, “Most Photographed Barn in America.” Since taking up gardening, I have developed an affinity for barns. […]

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September 1, 2017 | By More
Persistence

Persistence

Rounding a curve near my home, I glanced at a garden I pass every day. Tassels from the corn stalks reached to the heavens. My eyes lingered a moment longer than usual, captivated at the sight. Wasn’t it just a few days ago I tapped my brakes and narrowed my eyes, playing “name that plant” […]

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July 1, 2017 | By More
Full house & fulfilled life

Full house & fulfilled life

Lori Johnson surveyed the concerned eyes of doctors seated around her. An intimidating experience to be certain, this midwife with a high school education knew she could not give up. Her six-month-old daughter’s life lay in the balance. She knew when she started the process of adopting this Chinese baby that something was terribly wrong. […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
My global gardening community

My global gardening community

The notification caught my eye. You have a new follower. I clicked over to my Instagram feed – the account I had created specifically for gardening. I hoped to connect with other gardeners and inspire beginning gardeners with my experiences. I peeked at my new follower’s Instagram profile. She’s from Russia? My own gardening journey […]

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May 1, 2017 | By More
As creation awakens

As creation awakens

Geese honk in the distance. The morning fog barely burned off, the sun slowly warms the earth. Birds sing their gentle melody, and one perches on the tree in front of me. The winter-bare branches swell with tiny nodules, telltale signs of a creation readying to awake from slumber. Wrapped in a blanket, I survey […]

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March 1, 2017 | By More