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Garden Tour: P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

Reviews

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of a tour of the home and gardens at Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith’s ferme ornée, or ornamented farm, in the Arkansas River Valley near Little Rock, Arkansas. I took an embarrassment of photos and wanted to share some of them with you. At the beginning of the […]

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Guilding the Plum

Garden

In permaculture, fruit tree guilds are a way of creating a miniature sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instead of sticking a fruit tree in the ground in the middle of a field and watering and fertilizing and spraying it conventionally, a guild is humans mimicking nature’s way of doing these things. After all, in natural […]

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Out With The Cold

Garden

Today I collected all the gloves, mittens, wooly caps and scarves into a pile on the floor. There they lay in a mismatched jumble of color, style, and size.  I picked them up as best as I could in one armful and carried them, less a few escapees, to the washing machine. I stuffed them […]

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Surprise Garden Survivors

Garden

Now that we are safely on this side of winter I can make a few observations about the surprise survivors of the coldest winter in our area in 20 years. First up, kiwi. Last year I planted fuzzy kiwi, Actinidia chinensis ‘Vincent.’ Fuzzy kiwi, unlike hardy kiwi, is only expected to survive safely down to […]

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Straw (wo)Man

Beginner Gardens

While I was on a walk yesterday I made the discovery of an intact bale of straw put out for curb collection. Naturally I hurried home to get the station wagon to pick up my new friend. I stopped the car and got out, ready to grab him and run. When I bent down to […]

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Cold Winter vs. Insects

Bugs

Does a hard winter kill off insect pests? Every time there is a particularly cold winter with a lot of below-freezing temperatures, one comment I hear is from folks hoping at least it will kill off the bad bugs. By the same token, when the winter is especially mild, people are heard to say they […]

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Food From Tarryall Ranch: Peppery Pork and Vegetable Roast

Main Dishes

Not to complain, but recipe posts are some of the hardest. If you blog, you may understand. Having to stop multiple times in the middle of cooking to arrange and photograph, wiping messy hands for the camera, trying to stir or pour or slice and shoot at the same time while keeping the camera from […]

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