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Glorious Shade

Glorious Shade

Part of the fun in gardening is in designing a solution that overcomes the challenges on the plot. Those with mostly shade may feel frustration over their inability to sustain a crop of veggies or annuals in such a light-deprived location. Remember the old adage that we should brighten the corner where we are? Well, […]

The Backyard Gardener

The Backyard Gardener

Most gardeners work within a money budget, though new plant cultivars and time-saving gadgets present temptations to spend beyond the allowance. And then there are books. What is it about garden-flavored books with their glossy photos, charts, and ideas that disable the financial restraints? How does a gardener know the volume in his hands must […]

The Downsized Veggie Garden

The Downsized Veggie Garden

My ¼ acre lot hosts a house, driveway, sidewalks, and ½ of the paved street in front of the property. Restrictive covenants prohibit “vegetable and fruit plantings” in the front yard so my veggie growing space is reduced to a narrow band inside the full-shade backyard. Kate Copsey’s book, The Downsized Veggie Garden, was written […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garde

The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden

From the opening of The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden as Sally Roth describes gardening with her mother, to the index tucked in the back, this book oozes garden knowledge. I think these lines best set the tone (page 9), “Every year, her flower beds got bigger, and the lawn got smaller. Meanwhile, I […]

Gardening in the South

Gardening in the South

How frustrating is the experience of picking, paying for, and installing a plant only to find out it is not suited to the climate zone or to the garden? Serious gardeners have serious questions, and frugal gardeners have to watch their cash flow so we ask, “Will this plant work in my garden? Do I […]

The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses

The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses

I have made great use of my now worn copy of Black and Decker’s Home Plumbing Projects and Repairs so when The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses showed up in the library’s RSS feed I wanted to take a look. Not that I’m considering a greenhouse any time soon, but I expected to find ideas […]