Greengirl: First-time gardener and jade plant killer is a web designer for a Minnesota newspaper. She has started a blog associated with said newspaper asking for gardening advice. She’s already gotten over a hundred comments from advice givers, some of whom are writing back to exchange information with other commenters. I had a lot of fun reading the comments, especially the one from her mother, which started out, “How come you never tell me when you get published?” Check it out, and give your own advice!
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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