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Trouble in paradise

Have you ever lived in a place that’s often the punchline of a joke? I have, for most of my life. It never bothered...

Kentucky Hemp and The Great American Weed Rush

  I have a history of occasional, informal, peer-reviewed, THC trials of psychoactive marijuana. The trial was simple: I smoked marijuana with friends. I try to...

The Grand Gardens of Baltimore

Baltimore may be best known nationally for its murder rate and The Wire on HBO, but in horticulture circles it's known for plants and...

How about a wall of flowers?

Recently, several Facebook friends have issued pleas for “palate cleansing” posts, preferably containing puppies and other cute animals or anything innocently funny or endearing....

Native Plants in Containers

I visited a fascinating native plants garden this past week, the Mount Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware.  A botanical garden devoted to the native...

Back on Campus, Figuring out Park(ing) Day

Walking across the University of Maryland campus last week*, I happened upon the school's National Park(ing) Day exhibit. I've never quite gotten National Park(ing) Day,...

It’s Over: Ending 19 Wonderful Years in the Nursery Business

As anyone who has ever opened a small, home-grown retail nursery can tell you, the economic reality for such is straight out of the...

On the Dissing of “Ornamental Plants”

Anyone else bothered by the term "ornamental" to distinguish certain plants from those that are considered useful, usually edibles? For example,Wikipedia uses this petunia to illustrate...

Thoughts on water, living with water, and storms

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The Iconoclastic Gardener – Breaking May’s Stranglehold

Way back in 1914, an awful calamity happened that would ruin gardening in America forever. With the seemingly benevolent stroke of his pen, Woodrow...

“Invasive” Ground Covers and the Case for Allowing Periwinkle

  I have a beef with the inclusion of Periwinkle (Vinca minor) on my coop's list of banned plants - banned because they're considered invasive...

This is why I don’t grow my own vegetables

Normally, we try not to repeat recent topics, but I, too, have been thinking about small family farms, which Allen posted about yesterday. Like...

How Do We Raise More Farmers?

I may have come across the future of American farming. Mind you, what I found was small-scale farming, but if farming and rural communities...

Lots of Raves in my 53-Minute Podcast Interview

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Eleanor Perenyi: an Appreciation and Reconsideration

Guest Post by Constance Casey Meeting Eleanor Perenyi in print was like having someone understand and appreciate my toil, and relieving me of guilt for...
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