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Root Bound Believers

Root Bound Believers

I am thrilled when God takes a piece of a conversation, a quote from a sermon, a word from Scripture or an experience from the garden and rolls it into a lesson that passes straight to my heart. It happened Sunday morning as Dr. David Hogg from Christ Baptist Church here in Raleigh shared a […]

Garden Tags That Last

Garden Tags That Last

Now that birthday #62 is in my rear view mirror I am beginning to understand some of the challenges experienced gardeners face such as a knee (or two) that resists bending or the light-headed feeling that overcomes me as I stand after kneeling. But one development keeps Shawn and me in stitches. Often, when a […]

I Am a Garden Nut

I Am a Garden Nut

My name is John, and I am a garden nut. My immediate and extended families include a bumper crop of garden nuts. I am righteously proud of that fact let me tell you. I know many families lay claim to a heaping harvest of ordinary nuts, but garden nuts are special. One cannot walk many […]

Dishing Good Dirt

Dishing Good Dirt

An avid gardener often reveals his passion through his comments as he tours another’s growing space. For example, observers may see me squat down to retrieve a handful of soil which I will squash and sift and even smell. And then I will voice my expert opinion, “Dude. That’s good dirt!” From the red clay […]

Problem Roots

Problem Roots

We can’t garden without encountering and considering roots. Roots are an essential part of the plants. But what happens when the roots of one plant affect others around it? In the square of concrete formed by the driveway and the sidewalk here at Paths of Hope resides a huge maple tree. It wasn’t huge when […]

The Garden Security System

The Garden Security System

I have a painful bump on my head this morning. Here at Paths of Hope we’ve installed security cameras overlooking the garden. On the first night, at one in the morning, the motion sensor triggered an alarm to my smartphone which in turn triggered me to get out of bed and check the property. I […]