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A Place For Thistles

Once, a viking botched a stealthy attack on a camp of Scots when he stepped onto the sharp thorny leaf of a thistle and howled in pain. In my own garden, this stinging plant attracts small animals with stingers of their own.

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What To Do With Zucchini, Part 2

In July, Jim wrote an article asking what he could do with his zucchini. In my own garden this question has been answered for me by an unknown hungry animal. This garden patch was defended by a fence 8 feet high. My question is: What

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Yes, Honey

A garden is a relationship. In this case, it’s a bumbling one.

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What Do You Do With Your Zucchini?

Zucchini season has started in my garden, and the first fruits have been incorporated into this yummy zucchini bread. I use a recipe from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but add ginger and substitute molasses and brown sugar where the recipe calls for white

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Thistle

Weed, wildflower, free birdfeeder, or something else?

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Doubting Mint

This April, I watched weeds sprout in my mint patch and thought I might have to turn over the soil and start again from seed.  That patch this month, untouched: I shall never doubt my mint again. What does it take to kill off mint?

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Lawn Variety is Not a Curse

If I mow my lawn every week and spray and weed, everything looks short and green and the same. Call it a choice or call it lazy, but I think that if something is growing in my lawn and it isn’t a thistle, it belongs

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The Mystery Of The Sticky Sticks

Yesterday, my daughter, while she was picking spearmint leaves for tea, spotted this bunch of sticks (dry lengths of grass, really) glued on the bottom side of just one leaf. It reminds me of a candidly larva’s protective casing of pebbles glued together, but also

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?