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Are You a Chlorophyll Clod?

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An annual enabler

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Quick, Year-Round Color in the Garden – with Paint!

Taking me away from the horrors of my newsfeed this week has been transforming the look of my Greenbelt, Maryland rowhouse from its dull,...

The Curse of the Plant Lust List

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Experts Expose the Deadliest Garden Writing Tools! And Five Fabulous Coneflowers that Defy News...

July 15, 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Marianne, Thank you so much for your letter dated June 26th. During this chaotic, busy time, it reminded me that I’m...

Remembrance of sanity past

Marcel Proust did not overestimate the power of the senses to recall the past. As soon as the first wave of fragrance from my...

Can people really love urban weeds? Birds are a much easier sell.

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It’s Our Big Rock. So What If It’s Not the Biggest Rock in the...

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A Home-Grown Alternative

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Win “The Earth in Her Hands” by Jennifer Jewell

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A Gentle Plea for Chaos

Is there any reason to welcome chaos? It is the inevitable balance to stagnant order. In the Grand Garden, chaos is vitally necessary for...
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The SEO Garden: A Letter to the Midwest

June 26, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, as your letter writing skills are obviously taking second place to your Facebook overshares, I thought I would pick...

Groundhogs in my Garden!

I suppose most suburban gardeners have some mammals to deal with in their garden - squirrels, rabbits and deer being the top nuisances in...
 

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