Local Fresh, Local Strong, Local Co-op

By |2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00February 19th, 2015|

I have a clear memory of sitting at my kitchen table four years ago and reading a newspaper article about a small group that was forming to discuss a neighborhood grocery store three miles from my home in Brunswick, MD. My memory is probably so clear because something inside nagged at me to save the [...]

Garden Where You Are, Not Where You’re Not

By |2018-02-20T20:41:24+00:00January 15th, 2015|

My first garden, against a wall, in a parking lot next to my tiny apartment. 34 square feet of garden that gave me 34,000 square feet of pleasure. There are problem areas in a garden and then there are problem gardens, period. Poor drainage, terrible views, a neighbor with a security [...]

Deer: It’s What’s For Dinner

By |2018-02-20T20:41:25+00:00January 31st, 2014|

In Montgomery County, Maryland, it is now estimated that the deer population is hovering near 100 head per acre.  It's enough to make decent gardeners tear up their landscaping in despair and put down gravel and plastic flowers. Not that it will work.  A friend of mine in Germantown moved his deciduous hollies [...]

Lighten Up – I’m Trying To Enjoy Myself

By |2018-02-20T20:41:29+00:00March 2nd, 2012|

Listen/Download Article What is the gardener to make of this winter? Shall we rejoice in sweet bursts of sunshine, indulge in temperatures to rival the winter climes of tourist-clogged states? Or shall we crease our foreheads with educated frowns – certain of the impending doom a mild winter will have on flora and fauna conditioned [...]

To Buy or Not to Buy

By |2018-02-20T20:41:29+00:00February 18th, 2012|

Listen/Download Article I was posed an interesting question recently. Said my examiner, "If you had to pick one purchase you have made that cost a good deal of money, but constantly contributed to the joy and fullness of your life what would it be?" I had to think for a minute or two. I am [...]

Winter Warm Up

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00February 4th, 2012|

Listen/Download Article It’s official. It’s February and the garden is dead. Not a respectable flower head to be seen, not a chewing, rasping, sucking insect to be sprayed. It’s over. Finito. The ground has started to heave, the gate has started to stick and even the hard core gardeners such as myself have retreated against [...]

I’m Okay – You’re Okay

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00January 24th, 2012|

Listen/Download Article What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare? - WH Davies, 1871-1940 I will admit it. It is difficult, if well nigh impossible, to think of something profound to write about January's garden.  I simply cannot stand upon my ivory tower and proclaim to the [...]

Face It and Embrace It

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00January 11th, 2012|

Listen/Download Article If you ask the average person bent double under the burden of yet another winter, there can be little beauty found in a season characterized by bitterly cold winds, lifeless gardens and roads speckled with the ashy white of salt residue. There is no doubt that winter toughens us and makes us stronger; [...]

Raking Leaves: A Child’s Primer

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00December 22nd, 2011|

Listen/Download Article We’ve been gone some time visiting family in warmer climes.  While we were chasing the last of the summer sun in California, back home in Maryland fall turned into winter, Halloween turned into Christmas, and my garden turned into a sea of browning, crumbling leaves. I have two children and I know how [...]

Hope Springs Eternal

By |2018-02-20T20:41:34+00:00February 24th, 2011|

Listen/Download Audio Yesterday I went outside in an attempt to initiate the production of Vitamin D by a body wearied with four walls and space heaters. And not a moment too soon. Coleridge’s “Dejection: An Ode” sat open upon my desk, and I was starting to bypass Christopher Lloyd and a glass of red in [...]

Orchis Enchantis

By |2018-02-20T20:41:34+00:00February 17th, 2011|

Listen/Download Audio Just over a year ago at the end of a particularly brutal winter, I made a Scandinurbian sojourn to the holy halls of IKEA to buy some bookcases to line an office wall.  On my way out, weakened by meatballs and lignonberry juice, I fell prey to one of the dirtiest Swedish marketing [...]

What Shall I Do With All My Books

By |2018-02-20T20:41:34+00:00February 9th, 2011|

Listen/Download Audio The winds have been unmercifully harsh this winter. Many nights I have lain in bed wondering how long my maple tree can withstand the onslaught of bitter two AM winds, only to find by morning she is still standing, sometimes her long fingers dipped in layers of brilliant ice. The garden is paralyzed [...]


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