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Weeding, Writing and Arithmetic

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I love to weed. Once I carve out a bit of time and surrender myself to the job, it is a peaceful mediation. Not only a time for contemplation, […]

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I have customers that come into the garden center looking for the perfect shrub. “It should only get three or four feet high, and it has to grow in […]

A Busman’s Holiday

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Recently, a friend asked to see pictures from our trip to Europe. I got my laptop, and we started clicking through the photographs.

“Wait….” my friend says, “these […]

Color, Color, Color

In August, gardeners become drunk on color. There are flowers everywhere and the abundance of shades can lift spirits, stop us in our tracks, and make all the work worthwhile.

When I was a child my mother read me a poem by A.A. Milne called The Dormouse and the Doctor. It’s a rather sad poem, […]

Satisfaction

I began the day by reading Michael Pollan’s article, No One Cooks Here Anymore, in the New York Times Magazine. It’s a rather discouraging report about how most Americans would rather buy prepared food instead of cooking meals themselves. Sigh.

My afternoon was spent freezing and pickling the beans from my garden. I separated the […]