Gardening

March Madness and Signs of Spring

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It’s gray and rainy again this morning—not much of a day for gardening. Maybe I’m getting a little soft, but I’d rather stay inside the cottage and make something delicious to slow-roast in the oven. It is the first of March, and everyone is tired of winter. People get itchy at this time of
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Season of Change

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It is a Sunday like any other, but change is in the wind. It’s in the trees and grass and soil. I smell it. I feel it, the sun hot on the back of my neck, my throat a little dry. I don’t care what the groundhog said, spring is just around the
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A Taste of Spring in January at Just Fruits and Exotics

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I was not the only being that enjoyed a January visit and a taste of spring at my favorite nursery, Just Fruits & Exotics, today. There were a few other humans and a lot of bees. The plant geeks were loading up on fruit and nut trees. The bees were loading up on nectar.
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Rethinking My Garden: Press Play

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You can’t stop the future You can’t rewind the past The only way to learn the secret …is to press play. ~Jay Asher

For the last couple of years, the weather has thrown us the Polar Vortex, torrential spring rains, and unbearable heat during the summer months. What grew effortlessly a few years ago
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Grow Wildflowers for a Better Vegetable Garden

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Spring is in full swing here in the southeast, as evidenced by the dusting of pollen covering every surface. We have been planting and mulching for several weeks. The potatoes are tucked under layers of organic hay, and their deep green leaves are already peeking through. The shallots and garlic that I planted
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Early Spring at Cowlick Cottage Farm

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If you’re a gardener like me, now is about the time you start inspecting every plant for signs of new life. And every little sign of spring is a delight, isn’t it? Here are a few of the beauties that I found this morning on the farm.


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Raising Cane

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Cane syrup runs through Bill Outlaw’s veins right along with the blood of his ancestors. It’s a part of his story, and like many good stories, it began generations ago, in the fields of his daddy and grandfather and great-grandfather, on a Georgia farm that is still in the Outlaw family. Bill can’t talk
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Fall and Winter Gardening in the South

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I have a confession to make. It’s been quite some time since my garden thrilled me. Spring and summer can be unkind to the garden (and the gardener) in the deep south. Honestly, it’s so hot and humid in August and September that I hide in the cottage with a good book or experiment
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