Beginner Gardens

Dirt Cheap Date

Beginner Gardens

I don’t know if this would have been true of me as a young single, but nowadays all it takes to make my heart go pitter patter is to say the words compost + sifter.  Actually, just compost will do. Especially finished compost. Smelling salts, please, and a fan. This weekend I got together with […]

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Got To Be Starting Something

Beginner Gardens

When I was growing up in the country we had pit bull dogs. They were good dogs and they loved to play tug o’ war. I would get a stout piece of rope with a knot on each end and the pup would take one knot and I’d take the other and he would nearly […]

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Olive’s First Winter

Beginner Gardens

  After seeing an olive tree at the local botanic garden, I bought a small tree of my own and gave her a place of honor at the center of the main garden. I picked an Arbequina olive tree, a Spanish variety that is self-fertile, fruits early (2-4 years), and is considered cold-hardy. It has […]

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Backyard Orchard Culture

Beginner Gardens

This year, like every year, I caved in to the desire to buy more plants, edible plants. I believed that between the time I ordered them and the time they arrived for their dormant season planting, new sunny places in my yard would appear to welcome them. There would be a special dimension, a wrinkle […]

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I May Have Grown & Eaten a Parsnip

Beginner Gardens

It’s also possible I grew and ate something else, in which case it has been great knowing all of you. You may ask how I could do such a thing? How could I grow something and not know what it is AND how could I eat something without knowing what it was? The answer to […]

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