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Garden Gifts to Hint For

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I'm not going to pretend that you have a dozen gardeners in your life that you need to get gifts for. We all know these "gift guides" are to help your non-gardening loved ones know what to get you, and since they're not gardeners they're not reading this blog, are they? So you need to [...]

Should Gardeners Wear Jewelry?

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Should gardeners wear jewelry? Not while they're gardening. Not if they're smart. At least, they shouldn't wear dangly trinkets that could get caught while the gardener is leaning over weeding, pruning, or digging. But of course, there are plenty of other times when wearing jewelry is perfectly acceptable, such as garden club meetings, plant swaps, [...]

Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate: Book Review

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Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate by Brian Bixley

Living in Ontario, Brian Bixley has the well-earned ambivalence of the cold climate gardener, calling winter “the icicle in the soul of the gardener” and yet acknowledging its “shivery perfection.” But the range of his thought and the dry subtlety of his wit in Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate go beyond the confines [...]