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A welcome home


We’ve been out of town for a couple of weeks — more on that soon — and as wonderful a time as folks have…

Dew Abides Garden for Mind Body and Spirit

Whole in the Garden


“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


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…


No Scrubs


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


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


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


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


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


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…