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The gardener’s wish list

The gardener’s wish list

If the official start of the Christmas season is the day after Thanksgiving, then the official start of the gardening season is the day after Christmas. Or in my case, Christmas Day. Just a few days ahead of December 25th, the sun begins bathing the northern hemisphere with increasing light. Sure, the coldest days still […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
Grateful

Grateful

The sun dipped beneath the towering pines. My eyes squinted as I cut through the mess of dead tomato stems. My kids kicked a ball back and forth in my periphery, oblivious to the setting sun. I glanced at them and smiled. Returning to my task, I quickened my snips, aiming to find a satisfactory […]

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November 1, 2018 | By More
The planning season

The planning season

Tugging at the root, I shook off the dirt and tossed the scraggly tomato plant in the wheelbarrow. I then gathered up the spent cucumber vines and pulled up a few weeds, the roots letting go with gentle tugs. Finally, untangling the season’s new blackberry canes, I tied them up to the trellis to prepare […]

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October 1, 2018 | By More
Rascally

Rascally

“Mom! I saw a rabbit in the garden!” That’s not possible, I thought. Even though at age 10 my son could recognize a rabbit, I just knew his eyes had betrayed him. After losing every single bean sprout my second year of gardening, my husband built an electric fence to keep the deer and rabbits […]

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September 1, 2018 | By More
Planning the Fall Garden

Planning the Fall Garden

Standing at my kitchen table, I add water to the black, fluffy medium and stir. But I’m not baking a cake (although our family has four birthdays in August). Instead, I’m moistening a half bag of seed starting mix, preparing to plant broccoli, spinach, and cabbage seeds. I admit, a strange feeling sweeps over me […]

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August 1, 2018 | By More
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