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5 Favorite Flowers to Seed-In Now for Spring Flowers

As with fall leaf veggies, seeding in spring annuals now, gives you green ground cover and texture over winter and then flowers come in the spring time.  There’s just no better value — in Deep Rooted Wisdom, I tell the story of a mentor who bought a pack of red poppy seeds in 1959 and… Read More

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Fall Planting Series

Stay Tuned! Over the next few weeks, as we are doing fall seed in and bulb planting in several different  places, I’ll post a series of blogs on my favorite fall veggies, fall flowers to seed and fall bulbs to plant. We do this stuff in all sorts of situations, Historic Columbia gardens, little private… Read More

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Curly Parsley in the fall

5 Favorite Salad Greens to Seed-In for Fall

Easy-to-germinate cool season leaf crops yield beauty as well as nutrients.  There may be lots of choices in seed catalogs, but over decades of gardening, I’ve weeded out the the ones that take too much work.  With these easy fall and winter greens,  scatter the seeds then make sure the little seedlings stay moist. Then… Read More

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Florence Bench & Bus Stop

Andy Adams, Jenn Summers and I get to make a 60 foot long, question mark shaped, poured concrete bench.  It’s a project in honor of Mrs. Nancy Bratton, whom I’m told was a great gardener and a generous soul.  We’re ask to  include some impressions of plants in the vertical surface of the bench.  Some… Read More

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Hedge after 6 years of growth.

Old Skills Make a Really Thick Hedge

Hedges can be just privacy screens.  But they often have big gaps.  Trained properly, they can be thick; thick enough to be more than a visual barrier.  In old days (and in other countries today), hedges are living fences so they must be impenetrable thickets. Even though we’re not trying to keep the cows in… Read More

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Isaac’s Garden Design

(Isaac is our summer intern.  He’s finished one year of a horticulture program at Spartanburg Technical College) Just before I set off for this wonderful internship, my mom told me that her friend Peggy would like for me to do a design for her. I was nearing the end of my design class, and I… Read More

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How Do You Clean the Fuzz of Young Gourds?

Our friend Sue Ban taught us how to cook with gourds.  I love this because yellow squash are so hard to grow without synthetic chemicals.  And this is a more tasty but similar thing. One complication is that the young, tender gourds are fuzzy.  And unlike peach fuzz, this fuzz is difficult to get off.  … Read More

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Phlox for Parking Lots

Over the past few decades slow changes in the hort industry left old fashioned, home gardening in the shadows. Today, landscapers, growers and customers aim for new, lush and sexy plants, patios, turf and tools.   As a friend once told me, “You garden designer types just like to tart things up. Don’tcha?” I was more… Read More

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