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Pay it Forward with Radical Acts of Kindness

It's not a typo. I did in fact use the word radical instead of random. Radical acts of kindness are a real thing. Radical Acts Of Kindness Are Random Acts Of Kindness With Intention What...

Tips for Selecting Soil at Your Garden Center

  Selecting compost or planting mix can feel like gambling. You know soil is the heart of your garden, that what you grow and how it grows is directly linked to the quality of what...

10 Tips to Conquer Your Fear of Gardening

  Think of yourself as a plant killer? As if anything you attempt to grow dies? If it helps you're not alone. There are cities and towns full of people just like yourself, waiting for inspiration...

Room for a Garden

  How much space do you need to garden? What counts? It's one of the latest questions buzzing around the garden world since NPR covered a study on urban gardening in Chicago. Researchers from the University of...

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

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

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...

Keep it Simple

  Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated subject) he taught us that the phylogenetic tree with the fewest evolutionary changes...

How to Choose The Right Plant

Let's get it straight.  Choosing plants at the nursery, even with experience, can be daunting.  Not only do you need to try to stick to your list (if you came with one), but then...

Shooting From the Hip

"Shit or get off the pot."  This is a phrase my mother commanded on a regular basis while I was growing up and continues to utter to this day.  She has never needed to...
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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