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Tom’s Notes on Purple Martins

This is our second spring with our purple martins.  Last year the first birds arrived on February 27th.  It was a thrill this year when our first purple martin was a day earlier on February 26th.  The rich, gurgling call heralds spring even more than the robins, who had been here for weeks.     Our purple… Read More

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Frog Fruit & Yucca rostrata --- 1 year, no irrigation.

Parking Lots Become Parking Gardens

Form might follow function.  But too often in designing parking lots, many important functions get ignored. In parking lots, nothing but parking and getting customers in the door seems to matter.  Whatever happened to the very important functions of pedestrian safety, rainwater run off,  shading cars and providing beauty? And whatever happend to the function… Read More

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Farmer Explains Why He Changed to No-till Tractors

No-till agriculture helps stop our huge, hidden erosion issues.  There are all sorts of advantages (and a few disadvantages).  No-till is a serious change in our food production.   I often tell gardeners that even at home, we need to go no-till too.   Most of our garden design and installation is no-till. Our little organically managed… Read More

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Getting Houses Ready for Purple Martins

Believe it or not, they know us.  Not just that but they get all happy, they come out and sit on their perches, talking and greeting when they see us coming. Nothing animates a quiet day in the garden like a colony of purple martins.  These migratory birds have long lived in association with people. … Read More

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Bulbs for the South & Artist In the Garden

I love when an organization ask me to return for more than one presentation.  There’s so much more to say, do, talk about than can happen in the usual one hour format. These two presentations, with a break for lunch couldn’t be more different.  But the first builds up to the second; the first is… Read More

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Part of packing; the entire plant was swaddled in a soft cloth which was stitched together for protection.

What Lies Within. Why We Planted a Giant Pot of Bamboo.

We’re working with a client who thinks about the big picture in her gardening.  Including unpleasant stuff and what happens in the distance; the production and disposal of plants. We’re a perfect fit.  I often lament that the “green industry”, which should be a part of the solution, is often a part of the environmental… Read More

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Winter Cover Crops for Farm, Yard or City Garden.

On the farm, we do all the work by hand; no tractors, no plows, no till.  Our crew includes interns, volunteer kids from down the dirt road, city cousins and some well trained farm animals.  But we  also use plants to do lots of work. All year long, cover crops do the tilling, pest control,… Read More

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Crinum 'Asian Bell' with Saltbush, asters and mums

Fall Pictures From Beech Island

Gardening is thinking ahead a few minutes, a few months or a few generations.  There’s something about this little spot of red dirt, perched on the wooded hills above the river, with Augusta, Georgia, making noise and light in the distance, that helps people find peace and think in generations. Click here to see a… Read More

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