Category Archives: E to H

A sweet, simple, inexpensive greenhouse

It’s 8-by-14 feet in size, covered with five-year poly, cost about $250, is rugged, and I think pretty sweet looking. Here’s how. I started with salvaged 2-by-8 redwood sills anchored into bedrock with expansion bolts. This part is key because … Continue reading

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Enemies

One of the most time-consuming things to have is an enemy, wrote E.B. White. It is also the dumbest, costliest, and hardest thing to walk away from – as with garden pests. But my worst enemy once was Lena, our Nubian … Continue reading

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Good earth

I love to smell the earth in my gardens. On a spring day, a good planting day,  I like to scoop both hands into the soil I tend, lift it up to my face and inhale its fragrance. Rich, fertile … Continue reading

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Garden design

With gardening so much in vogue again, much of the nation has decided to seek  its fortune publishing books and articles on garden design, detailing every step with great precision and authority. They describe proper borders, paths, layouts, color schemes, … Continue reading

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Experts

An expert is nothing but a damn fool a long ways from home.

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The farmstand

One winter we decided it was finally time for our own farm stand. (You can decide anything in January while dreaming through garden catalogs.) Not having saved enough seed to sustain such an enterprise, we ordered wildly. Squash of course, … Continue reading

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Affirmation

Back in Tennessee, when bride and I made a living temporarily selling produce and preserves (you didn’t need a certified kitchen for preserves then) at the Franklin Farmer’s Market, she made a pesto that was to die for.  She’d ask for … Continue reading

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