Category Archives: Gardening

“Not yet,” Spring whispered. “Not just yet. But soon.”

A string of warm, bright days coaxed the jonquils and hyacinths and early tulips from their earthy slumber.  Happily, these sturdy plants are built for early spring because, as luck would have it, the warm weather was quickly followed by … Continue reading

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The Garden Lies Waiting

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When March arrives, our green thumbs start to itch. (Okay, let’s be honest, our green thumbs start to itch in January.) But in March, we can really hear the garden calling. Partly because the days are getting longer. Partly because our … Continue reading

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Break Out the Mittens, Here Comes Winter!

The weather map shows ominous arrows sweeping down from the frozen tundra of the North and pointing straight at our little slice of the Ohio River Valley later this week. This is when we realize (and usually quickly forget) that, … Continue reading

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Wrap Yourself in Daisies

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit…” ~e.e.cummings. Ms. Professor and I grew our first patch of these confident little daisies (actually Chrysanthemum carinatum) this year. They’ll definitely be … Continue reading

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August and Everything After

August surprised us this year in our part of the Ohio River Valley. Mild temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s (F) are unusual during what we usually refer to as the “dog days of summer.” Felt much like late September. … Continue reading

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Summer Betwixt 2 Slices of Bread

Ben’s Southern Summer Tomato Sandwich This sandwich is almost too simple. But also easy to screw up. Ingredients are the key to this southern sandwich’s culinary mysticism. You need: White bread. Soft, white bread. The kind of white bread everyone … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia of Cleome

  A friend gave me a few seeds from her Cleome hassleriana several years ago. We planted the seeds, enjoyed the flowers, saved the seeds and continued burying them in the soil at a couple of different homesteads, spreading the joy … Continue reading

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