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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 […]