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May 22, 2019 A Gardener’s Bedtime Ritual, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Florence Meier Chase, Victor Hugo, Gardentopia, Jan Johnsen, Living Mulch, and the death of Conan Doyle

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Here’s a gardener’s bedtime ritual for this time of year: Take sandpaper or a nail file and nick those nasturtium seeds before you soak them overnight; then sow them outside. They grow well in poor soil. The leaves and flowers are edible and are great in salads.       Brevities #OTD It’s the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – born in 1859. Ten years ago, in 2009, a violin made from a dying sycamore tree in Conan Doyle’s garden was played to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. The violin was a nod to Conan Doyle’s creation, Sherlock Holmes, who played the violin while solving cases. If...

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