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Gardening through  the decades

Gardening through the decades

“How is the tomato plant doing?” I asked my dad, having given him a Roma tomato plant a few weeks prior. “It looks great!” He replied. “No tomatoes yet but it’s full of flowers. Do I need to spray or dust the leaves to prevent bugs?” I couldn’t object quickly enough. Our exchange reminded me […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
Kids in the garden

Kids in the garden

The kindergarten teacher leaned into her group of lively 5 year olds and asked, “What color are carrots?” My daughter’s hand shot up with a grin reaching to her ears. “Red!” “No…” the teacher replied and gently repeated the question. But the spunky redhead who most definitely knew her colors didn’t let it go. “Yes, […]

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June 1, 2018 | By More
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