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TAG : Sherry Smith

And So the New Year Begins…

Here we are in the new year. The winter solstice has passed and the days are getting longer. Gardeners all over the country are dreaming of spring planting season. Here on the coast, we’ve experienced our usual flighty weather patterns, albeit this winter is warmer than usual. Two weeks ago, ...

New Christmas Traditions

Here it is, a week before Christmas. The tree is decorated. The cats are perpetually climbing it. The dogs are nosing all around it. My daughter is continually rearranging the presents underneath it. The whole house smells like Christmas baking. It’s a magical time of year.Every family has ...

Making Gardening a Social Event

We work our gardens every year, toiling in the soil, getting dirty and hot and sweaty. Sometimes our spouses or children help, but we are often alone with our thoughts. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and gives us plenty of time to think about things that we need to think about, it ...

The Winter Garden

As Halloween draws near and nights get cooler, the time to plant our winter garden grows closer. Here on the coast, winter is when we grow the crops that the rest of the country grows in early spring. Snow peas, sugar snaps, brassicas, lettuce and greens…all are winter crops here. We don’t ...

Garden Envy Led to a Thriving Tropical Paradise

I’ve always loved the traditional cottage gardens. Tall, stately hollyhocks surrounded with mounds of sweet Shasta daisies filled with a profusion of flowers, butterflies and hummingbirds flitting among roses and phlox, bees buzzing through lilacs. It all seems so peaceful and relaxing, not ...

Weeds, Celebrities … or Something Else Entirely?

September has begun. The rains are back. Here on the coast, temperatures are still soaring and the humidity is absolutely spirit-crushing. All that said, fall gardening is upon us. My husband and I have planned our fall garden, and have begun work on clearing out the garden beds and building ...

The Fall Garden, Affectionately Known As “Summer Garden, the Sequel”

Here it is, the end of summer. My daughter is back to her college classes, and the tropical storms are moving through. The flooding rains have returned, bringing relief to the poor pepper plants I’ve been nursing through the soul-searing heat of summer. Our vegetable garden consists of 4 ...

“You Can’t Grow That There!”

Living on the Gulf Coast, in the subtropical zone 9, I am constantly told that I can’t grow various things. The horticulture major side of me just nods and smiles, the plant nerd side of me says “but I want to try anyway”, and the redhead side of me says “just watch me!” The fact is, ...

Pickles, Pickles, and More Pickles!

Okay, so I’m that person who goes to garden centers and comes home with a trunk full of “rescue” plants. You know, those half-dead plants that get relegated to the back of the store marked down to 25 cents in the hope that someone will take them away. Rehabilitating rescue plants is ...

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