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Paths of Hope

Paths of Hope

As I worked on the form to register our garden with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I stopped at the question asking for the name of our garden. I’ve read a lot of garden books (well, at least I looked at the pictures) and have encountered some pretentious garden names created by authors who perhaps […]

Wisdom from Weeds

Wisdom from Weeds

Through careful observation I have identified three major classes of horticultural expertise in my neighborhood. This article is not intended as a judgment on the landscape choices of others, and tolerance for differing horticultural tastes remains a respectful gardening practice. I merely draw conclusions from the readily available data. Lawners Lawners pour weed-killing chemicals and […]

Start with the Soil

Start with the Soil

Starting seeds indoors is a possibility for anyone. Some seeds germinate easier than others, and results with proven varieties may vary year to year but experimenting is half the fun! The process takes a suitable space with adequate light and reasonable temperature fluctuations, some water, viable seeds, and good soil. While some gardeners might think […]

Gardeners Often Make Good Neighbors

Gardeners Often Make Good Neighbors

Gardeners are (usually) nice people and often make good neighbors. How does one identify a gardener? Gardeners have no particular uniform or identification badge. Some prefer designer clothes, matching outfits, expensive shoes or goofy hats. Others wear whatever, grab any hat, and get to the gardening. Some prefer kneeling among the plants while others bend […]

Mentoring and Butterflies

Mentoring and Butterflies

Shawn and I chalked up many hours in 2018 traveling from North Carolina through Virginia to West Virginia, and we grew to appreciate our stops at the interstate rest areas in NC and VA. Both NC and VA invest in landscaping at these facilities including some impressive wildflower plantings. Pollinators, including Monarch butterflies, face a […]