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Sometimes I think cutting your bangs is a great analogy for pruning in the garden. You know how when your bangs are growing out – maybe a little past your eyebrows – and you think, “I am gonna grow these bangs out. I’m gonna have amazing hair.” Then, they start to go past your nose, and you realize that this was a complete mistake. Then, you don’t have the stamina to make it all the way to having no…Read More
At the cabin, a Mullein has seeded itself in one of my beds, and I’m letting it grow. (I was touring gardens in Washington DC a few years ago, and the garden had a section for Mulleins. It was so pretty.) On more than one occasion, I have had to rescue it – to make sure that no one in the family pulled it or weed-whacked it. Now, there it stands; 6 feet tall, big leaves, soft as lamb’s ears,…Read More
How do you start adding living mulch to your garden? One of the simplest ways is just to look for the spots in your garden that are bare. Look for the open areas and start there. Look under your shrubs. Look along the edges of your beds. Instead of adding another layer of mulch, add plants. Think about planting these living mulches in terms of plant families, or planting en masse. This is what the naturalists and ecologists do naturally;…Read More
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