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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 […]

Garden Tags That Last

Garden Tags That Last

Now that birthday #62 is in my rear view mirror I am beginning to understand some of the challenges experienced gardeners face such as a knee (or two) that resists bending or the light-headed feeling that overcomes me as I stand after kneeling. But one development keeps Shawn and me in stitches. Often, when a […]

I Am a Garden Nut

I Am a Garden Nut

My name is John, and I am a garden nut. My immediate and extended families include a bumper crop of garden nuts. I am righteously proud of that fact let me tell you. I know many families lay claim to a heaping harvest of ordinary nuts, but garden nuts are special. One cannot walk many […]

Dishing Good Dirt

Dishing Good Dirt

An avid gardener often reveals his passion through his comments as he tours another’s growing space. For example, observers may see me squat down to retrieve a handful of soil which I will squash and sift and even smell. And then I will voice my expert opinion, “Dude. That’s good dirt!” From the red clay […]