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Shopping lists are overrated (until they’re not)

When I arrived at the garden center, I had two jobs: Buy pots, and buy dirt. This should seem pretty simple. Three plants, so three pots. Right? And enough dirt for said pots. Indeed. But here’s the thing: I didn’t make a list, and I was trying to get home to my husband and baby, [...]

Shopping trip

On my way home from a quick trip over the holiday weekend, I made a quick detour for some supplies. Yes, friends, you see what you think you see. Game on.

Green Thumb Sunday: Bonsai and lights

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

The adventure of the hipster narcissus

Before Christmas, The Unicorn came home with a narcissus bulb in a lovely pottery dish. “You know that hipster coffee shop over near the barber?” he asked. “They had a pop-up flower stand there today. The woman said this bulb will flower by Christmas.” “I’m sorry,” I replied. “Did you say…pop-up flower stand?” What can [...]

A return to story-telling in 2015

For the past couple years, for one reason or another, I couldn’t garden. I didn’t have the space, or when I did have some space, I didn’t have the time, and then, for a good portion of this year, I wasn’t allowed to work in the dirt. As it turns out, gardening is not recommended [...]

Wanted: Three new winter tenants

Things did not stay as right as I would have liked with my little herbs in front of our house. The mint grew wildly, as expected, but developed a scaly quality to its leaves that was neither delicious nor attractive. Then the scaliness hopped over to both the lemon balm and the rosemary, and, well, [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Farmers market bunch

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Green Thumb Sunday: As if lit by a flash

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Soleil, dimmed

I was cooking dinner when I heard Soleil Banguid had died. I stepped away from the stove for a moment to gather myself. The pinto beans I was making could wait, and if there’s one thing I learned from watching Soleil cook, it’s that food should only be cooked from a place of love and [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: City cluster

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.