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Hostas on a dark, wet morning

My old dependables: that’s what I would call them if I gave them names. They all came from just one plant, which I bought when I moved into this house some fifteen years ago. I did nothing to earn them. They … Continue reading

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Hoof prints in my soggy yard

We’ve had a lor of rain here, and this morning I went out to check my garden. Well, I’d say from the ripped up sod I’d had deer in the yard. They’re heavy and their hooves sink into the turf when … Continue reading

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Container Gardening: first, grab a pot.

It seems there are an increasing number of people presently turning to container gardening. In fact, I wonder how many people today are gardening who wouldn’t be without this new craze in gardening? Certainly I wouldn’t be growing the vegetables … Continue reading

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Making hay while . . .

We’ve had pleasant weather here in central Illinois this week, and today I got outside and got some badly needed work done. Weeded several beds, including one in which I thought I’d found a discarded snake-skin. (Honest, it looked flat to … Continue reading

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So many wonderful recipes and only 365 nights a year to cook them

I’m revved. My chard is coming up. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Chard probably should have been planted earlier, but I’m new to veggie gardening, and I got mixed up. Anyway, it’s coming up now, and as I’ve … Continue reading

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They’re at it again . . .

He flew that low and close to me, skimming past me just inches beyond my left ear. Somehow, I suspected him of making a statement, and a threatening message it seemed.
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A night to remember?

 Here I am with young, vigorously growing tomatoes and a brief, overnight freeze on the way. No! That’s not what I wanted. Not now. I have five tomato plants growing in tubs. Three of them are doing very well. Two of them … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

While I’ve been focused on my new containers, my old garden standbys have been doing their thing, bursting into bloom and rewarding me with colorful sights and fine scents. The lilac bush at the back of my yard is ancient and yet lives on! … Continue reading

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