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Guidance in the Garden

JC Raulston 10_7_2021 Entry Way

Left to themselves my plants often create a tangled mess. A stem weighed down with blossoms or fruit may not be strong enough to support the load, and I may find the entire structure lying on the ground especially after a heavy rain. A torrential downpour can leave the garden looking like someone with a […]

The Mystery of Garden Sprouts

Spring Sprouts (4)

Here at Paths of Hope the sun’s arc has shifted northward so that it shines into the vegetable section of the back gardens for six or more hours per day. That opportunity will stay with us until late-August when we will begin the return to predominately shade. Three whole months to grow stuff we can […]

The Cure for Springtime Garden Busyness

Flowering Almond Spring 2022 (2)

Spring! Warmer temperatures. Liberating sunshine. Buds waiting off stage to burst forth in elegance. Sprouts determined to push through the winter’s debris to make their entrance. Colors overwhelming our vision. Of course we have pollen showers from surrounding trees covering the porch and patio with a yellow haze. Garden cleanup awaits. Tools require sharpening. The […]

From Trouble Spot to Hidden Gem

Closed Gate

Most gardeners face the challenge of an area where, despite extensive efforts, little will grow. And gardeners refuse to give up on that trouble spot as we see it as an empty canvas waiting for a garden painting. We determine to turn that sliver of land into a hidden gem if at all possible. We […]

Book Review: Apartment Kitchen Gardening

Book Review: Apartment Kitchen Gardening

In his book, Apartment Kitchen Gardening, James Jacques has written a practical guide for those who desire to grow edibles in small spaces. Why should the restrictive gardening space of an apartment or townhome prevent us from growing some of our food? Jacques presents helpful suggestions for planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables, fruits, herbs and […]

Keep the Black-Eyed Susans

Keep the Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed susans try to conquer our zone 7 garden with volunteer plants popping up in other beds. An invasive root system branches in all directions to expand the colony in that way. We attempted, several seasons back, to eradicate the plant, but black-eyed susans find a way to grow. After witnessing the number of pollinators […]