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A Satisfying Stack of Stones

Fresh from a class on dry (mortarless) stacked stone wall building, I am appreciating anew the many contributions of stone to a garden. Of course, I’ve already incorporated two stone patios and a couple of stepping stone paths into my ...
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The Payoff

The tree form of serviceberry (likely Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’) lines a path. It has a graceful habit, early bloom, delicious edible berries that birds also love, and it’s drought-tolerant and can thrive in a range of conditions. For wildlife gardeners ...
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Favorite evergreen natives – Ragwort and Bignonia

Today I’m showing off two plants that are not only native to me in Maryland but share two traits I wish were more common among native – they’re evergreen AND vigorous growers in the garden. First up, the unfortunately named ...
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Who needs leaf peeping when you have your own arboretum?

Draves arboretum (very partial) “I’m not an environmentalist.” That’s one of the statements I remember from my morning visit to one of Western New York’s foremost tree experts, Thomas Draves, who’s also a certified nursery and landscape professional and attends ...
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Olfactory Overload

‘Michael Lindsey’ I’ve been spending more time of late wandering our eight-acre landscape both because after 42 years here I keep finding old plants I too often overlook, and, more important, the chances are very slim I’ll find an aircraft ...
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Strategies for a new age

It’s not just what’s happening “out west.” Water management of every kind is a huge issue for everybody, so I have been listening and reading with great interest to all that’s happening around water. On Thursday, as I was driving ...
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Home-Canned Tomatoes: A Tantalizing Taste of Nature in Winter

Yellow pear and Black Krim varieties grew well in my garden last year. Both were delicious eaten fresh and also contributed their flavors to this winter’s stewed tomatoes. You may remember I’m an ultra-beginner at canning. Luckily, I am learning ...
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#TBT: Gardenlytics Takes Over the World

Dear readers: We’re fast approaching the 10th anniversary of Gardenlytics’s arrival on the web – June 13, 2016. So to start the celebrations, we’re posting oldies but goodies – for Throwback Thursday. Gardenlytics wasn’t announced here, though – no one would ...
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Quit throwing out the scary stuff: compost it instead!

As I emptied buckets of human waste into a bin filled with red wigglers, the realization hit me: I had reached peak compost. This was it. Eggshells and hair were just gateway drugs. Later I got into the hard stuff: ...
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The Garden and Nursery Boat

Photo from the 1924 film: The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln. I stared out my elementary school window for years, bored out of my skull, determined to forsake fractions for adventure. The Ohio River, my escape route, was a few ...