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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

Tarkio Rain Garden

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This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather you see it, you just might not realize it's anything other than an...

Farmstand Facelift

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Farmstands in Southern Ontario range from eye catching abundance to others that are simply sunflower bunches waiting at the end of a driveway, a sign reading $5.00 resting against the buckets. Fruits, veggies and...

Plant a Tree With Dame Judi Dench

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http://youtu.be/voLCGG-pC1Q The Woodland Trust is a British organization aiming to save and restore forest lands of the UK. Only 2% of Britain's ancient woodlands remain. Their latest project, under Queen Elizabeth's guidance, is to plant...

Deckening: How to Transform a Watering Trough into a Raised Garden Bed

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The opportunity for "deckening*" is at hand, right out my door. However I've never loved growing plants in pots, at least not as a sole point of interest. In fact, when I get to...

Sprouting Seeds

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Sometimes I like to test the common school of thought, such as the first time I grew scarlet runner beans. Conventional wisdom says, "Start beans in a wet paper towel...." So, of course, I popped a...

Frenzied Foraging

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The poppies have bloomed.  I have to say that they are suspiciously beautiful, in a way reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland character.  Strangely fascinating.  The honeybees are particularly amazed. I'm already anticipating their day-after-Christmas blues when...

Small Packages

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  These compact lettuces are a bold mixture of nutty, sun-kissed flavors finishing with unexpected hints of freshly picked celery and crushed pepper.  Maybe not fine wine but definitely varieties worth growing. Whether faced with the...

You Are What You Eat

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Methyl bromide has been the fumigant of choice for conventional, US strawberry growers.  Plastic row covers are installed and methyl bromide gas injected, sterilizing the soil, killing fungi, weed seeds, and every other living...

Serendipitous Gardening

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The oddest thing happened. I was on a perfectly lovely trail run near the headlands when bits of partially eaten plants and plant parts began littering the path in front of me. Roots, fibers...

Grow More Flowers

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  I started my New Year’s resolution early, direct seeding these poppies, Papaver somniferum, in October.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but they've been on "my must" plant list for over 20 years.  Pathetic, maybe. ...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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