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A Pig in a Poke

Pig in a Poke

My grandparents were hillbillies. In our sensitive world, where folks find offense in the most unbelievable sources, the term “hillbilly” might be misconstrued. My grandparents took care of their families and their neighbors. Their knowledge of growing and harvesting carried them through the Great Depression and set them up for lives of self-sufficiency. Read that […]

Labeling That Lasts

Grand Tiara Garden Tag

I know a Japanese maple enthusiast who quotes the names and characteristics of each of the trees in his impressive collection. That proficiency does not apply to me. With twenty-five or so hosta varieties and more than a dozen types of salvia I need help to recall names. If I am completely honest I often […]

Worthless or Valuable in the Garden?

Sweet Gum Balls (2)

I’ve begun waking the garden beds for spring. That includes raking any leaves that blew in over the winter months and pulling the weeds which sprouted through the mulch. I added two wheelbarrow loads of compost to the vegetable garden, and this year I will not till it in. I will disturb only as much […]

Cultivate and Keep the Garden

August in Garden

Imagine landing a job tending the world’s most famous garden. The portfolio of authority includes a free hand to move, swap, and shift any plant to add personal flavor to the displays. And did I mention this garden is exempt from the blight of weeds and harmful pests? Are you ready to give up your […]

Gus the Garden Gnome

Gus the Garden Gnome

My two sons-in-law have been repeatedly coerced by their wives to sit through an annual Christmas tradition, the watching of The Little Troll Prince. The movie, a 1987 animated Christmas television special produced by Hanna-Barbera is a classic in many households though I believe sales and distribution have ended. I won’t spoil the plot, but […]

Garden Lessons for 2020

Garden Lessons for 2020

As I rested in the shade after a morning of hard work I considered some of the lessons my garden has taught me during the upheaval we call 2020. I gave thanks for the privilege of having a piece of soil and the health to till and plant it. I reminded myself that I must […]