growing food

Park Place

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Picture a dead-end street in a quiet neighborhood. Flowering pear trees line the sidewalk for the length of the street, which is one city…

A welcome home

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

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…

Cruisin’ for Brews In…

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Omaha, Georgia? As carefully as we’re choosing our entertainment-dollar-spend this year — because, stupid — it took some cypherin’ when we had friends pitch…

Fine Point

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“Know your farmer,” is what the kids are all saying these days, right?* When it comes to Pecan Point Farm in Hurtsboro, Alabama, we’ve…

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…

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,…

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…

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…