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The How Not The Why

The How Not The Why

Gardening requires a great deal of learning. Here’s a list of some of the resources that impart knowledge to my gardening portfolio. Books These vary from the “Ahh!” of the glossy compilation of perfect pictures of even more perfect gardens to the encyclopedia style of tips and techniques. My book collection has spread to a […]

Celebrating Hosta Diversity

Celebrating Hosta Diversity

Many gardeners have a favorite (or maybe three or four), and for me that would be hostas…and of course coneflowers…and don’t forget salvia…oh, and the milkweed varieties that attract Monarch butterflies. OK, it is hard to pick a favorite. In my deeply shaded back gardens I experimented to find plants that might thrive with minimal […]

Our New Potting Bench

Our New Potting Bench

After many seasons of faithful service our potting bench needed replacing. Most of the wood used to construct this gardening necessity was recycled from the playhouse I built for my daughters years ago. Now after seasons of rot, insect damage and wear from the elements little of the wood could continue to serve. I rescued […]

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 […]