Garden

The Drips and Dabs Problem

Garden

There they sat, six or eight of them in a small bowl, wrinkled, bruised and sad. Unusable. “Chickens?” my husband asked, pointing at them. A cloud of fruit flies arose at the disturbance. I sighed heavily, a sense of failure coming over me. “Yes,” I said. “Go ahead. Give ‘em to the chickens.” They were […]

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Yahooo! Oyster Mushrooms!

Beginner Gardens

Again, THRILLED. I went out this morning to see how much the shiitakes had grown overnight and was amazed to see one of the logs of oyster mushrooms had also fruited. I may have done a mushroom dance. Look at those delicate gills, the soft, felty caps, the blush of brownish gray. These are called […]

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I’m Plotzing!

Beginner Gardens

I can barely contain myself. Something I’ve been waiting for years to happen has happened. In fact, it’s something that helped bring about the formation of this blog six years ago. Deanna and I had been friends for ten years at that point, but somehow we never fully realized we shared a certain passion for […]

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Paradox: On Being A Gardener

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Gardeners are a patient sort. We plant what we know will take years before the time it produces the first harvest. Each year after that, we tend and wait a whole year for that small window of time when we reap the fruits of our labors and our time invested. Gardeners are dreamers and hopers. […]

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Make Your Own Cheap and Easy Plant Propagation Box

Free Plans & Printables

When I was going through our local Master Gardener course, we went on a field trip to Memphis Botanic Gardens, where the resident garden manager, Chris Cosby, led a brief course in propagation techniques. One of the methods he described was using a modified styrofoam cooler to make a propagation box for cuttings. I built […]

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