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Dew Abides Garden for Mind Body and Spirit

Whole in the Garden

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“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” Words from Sigmund Freud, unlikely patron of horticulture, set the tone for…

Game of Thorns

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To the novice gardener (e.g., Brad), blackberry bushes can be intimidating. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Brad, how the hell are you making…

Loofah

No Scrubs

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Am I the only person who didn’t know loofahs are cucumbers? It’s true. Not only are the young fruits edible, but these fibrous sponges are versatile,…

blueberries, The Dew Abides

Petals from the Past

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When the Columbus Botanical Garden offered an urban agriculture workshop, Brad and I knew it would be insightful, but we had no idea we’d…

Decoy gardens for rabbits

Diversionary tactics

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If you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em? That’s the idea behind decoy gardens, or trap gardens. These are where growers plant edible crops to…

Upcycled pallet planter

More palletable

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Remember when we took that pact to avoid buying new stuff? Well, there are some issues from time to time. I’m not talking about…

Jerusalem artichoke_sunchoke_harvest

Choke Hold

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It’s easy to understand why Native Americans cultivated Jerusalem artichokes* for centuries. These sunflowers are perennial, drought-tolerant, neglect-loving, and storage-friendly. The real puzzle is…

Berry Bonds

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For Brad’s birthday one year, I surprised him with a blackberry bush, wanting to give something that would bring happiness long after the day…

My name is loofah

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This little guy germinated forever before suddenly bursting to life this week. Good friends gave us a loofah sponge and it had a handful…