A welcome ban

Drilling image courtesy of Shutterstock Large-scale environmental issues are not always considered appropriate subject matter in the garden blogging world, but I’ve never been able to see the reason.  Going from discussing ...

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Neither an Influencer nor a Follower be

Guest Rant by Marianne Willburn Tesselaar’s Blue Storm Agapanthus is worth growing because it’s a high-impact, no-nonsense plant, not because it typifies the 2016 Color of the Year “Serenity” – photo credit: ...

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I was a Lab Rat for GMO Apples

Site of the Agricultural Research Service’s Food Quality Laboratory How does a gardenblogger find something to write about in December?  By jumping at the chance to taste-test produce for the USDA, that’s ...

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And then—finally—there was one

When we bought our house twenty-three years ago, what I knew about gardening would not have filled a seed packet. I did know early spring flowers were an antidote for winter blahs, ...

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New Views

As part of a home renovation project, I’m having a few windows replaced. It’s a great time to be thinking about windows because my new garden is still in its formative stages. ...

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Hostile or Helpful?

by Marianne Wilburn Recently, C.L. Fornari challenged garden writers to consider the way in which we portray the act of gardening.  She asked us to discuss whether our tendency to proclaim the ...

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A Pill Box Hat and the Jackie O Plant

Today’s Guest Rant by Irvin Etienne takes us down memory lane to a happy rediscovery. I recently got back a plant that I killed several years ago. Not THE same plant. Just ...

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