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Thinking positively

Argh! Who really wants to think of gardening right now? After a wonderful early spring that made us wish it would just go on and on and on and on for the rest of the year, summer descended on us like a ­vampire, sucking all the life out of us and our plants. Autumn will […]

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To water or not to water

Without water, our plants could stop growing, stop blooming, produce teeny tiny little raspberries and peaches not worth much, go dormant or die. Of course, the latter response tends to be the most noticeable, though as they say, it’s a fine line between dormancy and death. Even the earliest farmers, post-Garden of Eden, learned the […]

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A hair-pulling regulation

Fortunately, good follicular genes have kept most of the hair on my head, though the forehead has been expanding ever so slightly. And Tammy, my hair cutter, does a wonderful job keeping it short. I state this fact because if it weren’t for the genes and Tammy, my hair would be pulled out by government […]

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Embracing a phrase with fervor

Every now and then, buzz words or phrases come along. A current one is “low-input.” It’s an idea of not putting much time and/or money into something, but still enjoying success. It may mean substituting chemical use for a little physical labor, though some will say “low-input” means less labor as well. The two-word phrase […]

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The death of a tree

Let’s say your tree dies. What do you do now? Many will heave a sigh and get out the chainsaw. Some will call a professional to remove the specimen, and depending on the added cost, grind out the stump. Some will swear because the tree is probably located in the worst possible location, usually in […]

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A load of manure

The start of a new year can be pretty exciting for gardeners. We can make all sorts of resolutions and dream of all the things we are going to do in four or five months. When reality creeps in like English Ivy in spring, we can feign a memory lapse or a reality distortion. Whatever, […]

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