Gardens/Gardeners

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How to Know When It’s Time for a Fresh Start in the Garden

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Making a fresh start or coming full circle? When my son, Leo, left for college, I restored my backyard pond. Suddenly, I had the time to focus on landscaping. More than that, replacing the 20-year-old pond was a not-so-subtle way of expressing that in some respects I was back to where I’d been before the birth of my only child. Maybe it was both a fresh start and coming full circle. 

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Why It Helps to Have a Plan B in the Garden

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Despite our best-laid plans, each season’s garden seems to have a mind of its own, so it’s good to have a Plan B. Even given our best efforts, the weather plays a part, and the insects—both good and bad. This season has been a series of subtle, and some not-so-subtle, reminders that I’m not the boss of the Bettman Gardens; the gardens are the boss. 

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John Scheepers Garden Seeds Giveaway!

Enter to win 2 complete sets of seeds from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds! Both seed sets are direct sow—no grow lights needed! You’ll love how easy these are to grow, and kids love these gardens, too. You can pass along your love of gardening to the next generation. 

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Expert Tips on How to Create a Low-Maintenance Hillside Garden

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The little hillside was perfectly content with its wildness once, proud of its brazen disarray. It was delightfully unkempt and blissfully uncultivated, dynamic and self-regulating, chaotic and biotic. It maintained a thicket of crisscrossing branches, a stockpile of leaf litter and a healthy collection of decaying detritus, just like the woodlands around it. It was one with the forest, a picture of nature. It was beautifully disorganized, untidily alive.

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What Happens When Veggies Are in the Spotlight

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has created a three-and-a-half-acre garden where veggies are in the spotlight. Eight years in planning and creation, A Tasteful Place opened in October 2017. Complete with a lagoon and a view of the downtown Dallas skyline, the edibles garden welcomes visitors into delightful displays of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A Tasteful Place’s mission is to expose guests to the ideas and practices of growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally grown food.

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Healing Gardens: How Tikkun Farm is Helping Refugees

Tikkun Farm

Pastor Mary Laymon and her husband, Greg York, are the owners and spiritual force behind Tikkun Farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. They’ve welcomed Bhutanese refugees onto the land to farm, and there’s far more than food growing. There is a growing community and the refugees experience a kind of healing as they tend the land.

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