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Moving the No Dig Garden

Moving the No Dig Garden

Recently I shared our design for a No Dig Garden using a cedar raised bed outer shell with ten one cubic foot growing sections inside. The sections can be removed for planting or maintenance, and the entire garden is easily transported to a new location should such a move become necessary. Well, now that Shawn […]

Coleuses from Cuttings

Coleuses from Cuttings

Most of the gardeners I’ve met are people of vision and faith, people with a future-facing disposition. Certainly setbacks and adversities are encountered in the garden, but gardeners learn, adjust, and hope for a better outcome in the next go around. No wonder I like being around such optimists who lower my blood pressure, reduce […]

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

Japanese maples bring an elegance and beauty to the garden. My late brother, Jeff, and now my son-in-law, Daniel, have influenced my feelings toward these trees. The foliage is beautiful, and the growth is easily controlled for most varieties. Some trees sport bark in vibrant colors while others grow limbs in patterns that force the […]

Woody’s Stone Wall

Woody’s Stone Wall

In the mid 1960’s my parents bought a tiny place along Angel Fork outside Saint Albans, West Virginia. That place, with the impressive address of 2222 Main Drive, became my home. Life there had its challenges. For example, the hill behind the house stopped its decent two feet from the foundation. Those who have lived […]

Blue Spring Flowers

Blue Spring Flowers

I have no problem finding space in my garden for a wildflower. Most of them bloom in early spring before the trees leaf out and searching for wildflowers in the chilly sunshine is a great reason to get outdoors. The native plants perform well with little maintenance although some need thinning from time to time. […]

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 […]