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Finding new treasure

Finding new treasure

My gloved hand scratched the soil in a zig-zag pattern. Sweat dripped, irrigating the treasure I sought. My back strained from working in a hunched position for so long, but finally, my fingers caught on something. Scraping the soil around my discovery, I increased my pace like an archaeologist unearthing a piece of history. A […]

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November 1, 2019 | By More
Yard remedies

Yard remedies

“What are you doing?” My 11-year-old nephew appeared behind my shoulder. Kneeling to the ground, my attention alternated between my task and my daughter and niece’s softball practice. I turned and looked up at his inquisitive eyes and held out my hand to reveal the contents in my palm. “I’m picking plantain. You want to […]

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October 1, 2019 | By More
The best-kept secret garden

The best-kept secret garden

  Seed packets adorn my countertop. The grow light clicks on at 6 a.m. and off at 10 p.m. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it’s typical February day in my house. But no, it’s September. In my first garden, seven years ago, I couldn’t wait to put the garden to bed. The research, […]

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September 1, 2019 | By More
It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

I almost didn’t share it. But before I could talk myself out of it, I posted a photo of a brand new crop I planted this year. I had seen other gardeners from around the world grow this unique, prolific bean and I couldn’t wait to test it in my garden for fun. Also known […]

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August 1, 2019 | By More
The power of respect

The power of respect

His warm voice on the other end of the call immediately eased my clenched stomach. Both excitement and nervous energy pulsed through my body as I prepared for the biggest interview of my life. I am a new-ish gardener from Pottsville teaching other beginners how to garden through my blog and on my fledgling podcast, […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
There’s no taste like homegrown

There’s no taste like homegrown

I had waited two long years for this moment. My husband and children sat next to me at the dinner table, oblivious to my anticipation. Two years ago, I planted my first asparagus crowns in a newly built raised bed garden. Unlike other vegetables in the garden, the first harvest wouldn’t come for a few […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
The new next door neighbor

The new next door neighbor

I called him “Pop.” While twirling and hanging from my blue and yellow metal swing set, I would look over our fence to see his towering frame hunched over his rows of vegetables. Worn-in overalls covered his bulging belly, and thick black-rimmed glasses only slightly obscured his gentle eyes. Many a summer night I found […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Don’t be a sucker

Don’t be a sucker

“Be sure you pinch those suckers off.” It seemed everyone who visited my garden in the early years pointed out these shoots growing between the main stem and the side stems of my tomato plants. As a new gardener who soaked in every piece of wisdom I could get, I started pinching off every sucker […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
The perfect companion

The perfect companion

I mingled among the women, waiting to begin my “How to Start a Garden” workshop. On the cusp of spring, I delighted to hear of garden dreams for the upcoming year. The early arrivals peppered me with basic questions: “When should I plant tomatoes outside?” “Should I plant squash from seed or buy a plant?” […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
The off-season harvest

The off-season harvest

The towering pines on the horizon began to hide late afternoon sun. It was December 20th, one of the three shortest days of the year. While most people scurried to buy last minute gifts or squeeze in a quick grocery run for Christmas dinner, I slipped my feet into my boots and headed to the […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More