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Chuck Attack!

The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever. My nemesis The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and … Continue reading

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Hey, Baby, What’s Your Zone?

While we wait for the USDA’s new zone map, it’s important to remember that it’s only a guide. I always get a surge of pride when the leaves of this maple (Acer shirasawanum) start to unfurl. It’s zone 5; my … Continue reading

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Food for the Soul

Brighten someone’s day with home-grown flowers. Rembrandt Dahlia Mixture  Who Dun It Dahlia My cutting garden last year, including: Hot Crayon Colors zinnias from Renee’s Garden Seeds; an electric orange gladiolus that I’ve been saving year to year (it first … Continue reading

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Bamboo in the Bathroom

New bamboo towels come in eco-friendly green — and white, too. Bamboo towels (60% bamboo, 40% cotton) are surprisingly plush. They feel cool to the touch because the bamboo fibers are so smooth that there’s little friction on the skin. … Continue reading

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Gardening Resolutions

The start of a new year feels like a chance to take charge and start over with new goals and a new attitude. Vegetables grow more efficiently in raised beds. My garden and I share some shortcomings, so this year … Continue reading

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Aromatherapy for Gardeners

Let the scents of summer take you back to the garden. The rose harvest in a warehouse in Turkey. This time of year is always difficult for gardeners. The days grow short, the garden is covered with snow and winter … Continue reading

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Better Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better for the planet — and less expensive in the long run. Americans throw away 3 billion batteries a year. My parents and grandparents lived by the adage, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, … Continue reading

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