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The Cocktail Garden: More “After” Photos

Following up on last week’s post about the construction of this here cocktail garden, I’ve got a few more pictures to share, along with some lessons learned. But first, this just in!  My bookstore is now taking pre-orders for signed ...
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Does This Mean I Live Here?

I have a really brilliant and beautiful friend in Saratoga Springs, an English professor at Skidmore College, who said the greatest thing about second homes after her own attempt to buy one was foiled: “Having two houses is really a ...
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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 how, at least if it’s just 5 minutes ...
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Kale-a-Rama makes me Wonder: Is Veganism the Next Big Thing?

Veganism has been creeping into my consciousness for a while now, but it was the recent vegan festival in my town that makes me wonder if it’s now mainstream.  The festival, modeled after the successful Garlic Festival  in California (now ...
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Stanford Organic Study Ignores Variety Differences

More nutritious because of the holes? Possibly. Rant readers, please welcome Dr. John Reganold of Washington State University, who has done groundbreaking work demonstrating the value of organic agriculture, including studies that show a correlation between the quality of the ...