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Holding Our Breath…..A Tree of Winter Flowers

   Fat buds of Prunus mume wait for the warmer days of winter. Starting around the turn of the year, I eagerly wait for both buds and warmth. Every cold gray day, the bulging buds stand out, puffed up like they’re holding their breath along with me. We’re all waiting.     Then one lovely day the sun… Read More

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A New Years Resoilution

In this year, when we walk let’s walk walk with big, amazing steps. Considering every every cell and bone and where each foot falls. Connect to the life below each step. Feel the the tiny creatures in their universe below ground. When we garden this year, let’s weed, kneel, dig, spray in ways that make… Read More

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Etioliated Sweet Potato

You’re making me Blanch…Etioliation

Etiolation: You know when you leave a bucket on the grass and all the grass under it goes sort of pale green and white?  That is etioliation.  It’s a plant response to trying to grow in low light intensity. When it finally reaches the sun, it starts to turn green (that is de-etiloation). We eat… Read More

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Just a day after completion, friends gathered for Thanksgiving Pizza!

Kitchen And Pantry In The Yard — A Cooking and Gathering Garden.

Patrick, the client, turned this garden design upside down. The original plan was for a spiffy lap pool. But Patrick loves to cook and he really wanted an outdoor kitchen; not the kind with stainless steel appliances and an keg-erator. But a real outdoor kitchen complete with a pantry full of fruits and veggies. We… Read More

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Elephant Garlic; Buy it in the grocery store, plant it in the garden, eat it every year.

Trends in Foodscaping

“Over the past decades, our plant pallet changed in ways other than you might expect. Plant explorers and breeders bring new plants into nurseries. They, as well as garden designers, decorators and all sorts of cultural leaders, become the tastemakers, slowly changing which plants we can get hold of…..One slow, huge change, tracks our shift… Read More

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Left to Right: Justina Bieber, Jenks, Buck.

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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Tom Writes About Hay Day

Beech Island, South Carolina. The City of two untruths. There’s no beach, and there’s no island. There is a third untruth, but I’m ahead of myself. Jenks and I went to see our friend and neighbor Mark, on Friday morning. His Thanksgiving was as perfect as ours. Mark grows and bales a beautiful, healthy hay,… 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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