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Gardening is for the birds

Nature delights the soul.  One of my most memorable moments in gardening was watching 500 or more cedar waxwings landing in my yard to strip mountain ash berries from my tree.  Obviously the tree couldn’t handle all 500; they took turns…
Raised Garden Beds
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Saving time With Raised Garden Beds

What is a Raised Garden Bed? A raised bed contains soil that is higher than the original ground level.  I prefer a raised bed enclosed by a frame of two-inch-thick untreated lumber.  Ideally, there should be at least a depth of 16 to 18 inches…
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Starting Again – 2020

Austin Kleon in his book, Steal Like an Artist, stated: “Plagiarism is copying from one source.  Research is copying from many.”  In the past one could research four or five sources and get good information. Now, with all the fake news…
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The Omega of the Gardening Year

Diogenes, a famous Greek philosopher, chose a life of poverty, living on the streets of Athens.  One night as he was eating his supper of cabbage, a friend from the king’s court said, “If you would cozy up to the King you wouldn’t have…
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Gardening and the Environment

There’s an old Middle Eastern story about a little bird who, when she heard the sky was falling, lay down on the trail on her back with her feet up.  A horseman came thundering down the trail, stopped, and asked what the little bird was doing. …
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Gardening: a subversive activity, a step to reduce global warming and a step to nutritional food

Gardening is a small step in combatting global warming Plagiarism is copying; research is using information from many sources. In my case, I buy gardening books, gardening magazines, cruise the Internet, and then try out some of their recommendations. One…
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Gardening – Harvesting and Storing

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And so, after all the work in preparing, sowing, weeding, watering, and gentle encouraging, it is time to pick, eat, and save. July is berry picking time for raspberries, honey berries, blueberries,…
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Gardening – Sowing and Growing

Spring is for sowing, summer is for growing. I find that most planting guides are for an open garden.  However, with raised beds, I place my rows closer, carrot rows eight inches apart, potatoes 12 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart, beans…
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Gardening – Composting and Planning

In my first article, I talked about raised beds and methods of preparing the soil.  I this article I will talk about composting and planning for the spring. And about gardening my way. My method of composting starts with two large composting…
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Gardening – Getting Started

Gardening is my passion, and, as Frank Sinatra sang, I do it “My Way.”  Gardening is a labor of love, and a lifetime challenge, intellectually and physically.  I learn from other gardeners, books, magazines, the internet, and above all…