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A Business Model to Avoid

The thrill of publishing one’s first book is joyful, a dream come true, right? Oh, the anticipation of getting my children’s picture book into print and out there in the marketplace! I attended lectures, workshops, and conferences to acquire the … Continue reading

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Habitat Gardening: Tips for Developing a Good Habit

Habitat gardening—until about 15 years ago, that was a term and concept that had eluded me. Now, it’s a way of life. I simply refer to it as gardening for birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs. As a habitat gardener, I’ve learned to … Continue reading

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Writing: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

At the New Year, writers always resolve to write more. That’s a given for me. Other than that, I’m not going to get squishy about all the other resolutions I probably ought to make. In retrospect, 2014 was generally a … Continue reading

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You CAN Have an English Cottage Garden

My article first appeared on the Sonoma County Master Gardener website a few years ago. It’s still relevant today as we enter our fourth year of drought here in Northern California. It’s a long article, but if you love English … Continue reading

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A Gardening Ooops

Anyone can over-plant–by accident or design. In downsizing from a rural six acres to a town one-third acre, I forgot to think small(er) in the garden. After all, we had already taken 13 pickup truckloads’ of yard trimmings and debris … Continue reading

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“Well, of all things, dead butterflies!” a woman huffed at me. “I can’t let my child read that.”  Sheesh! I thought, Like the kid’s never seen a dead butterfly! “It’s a kid’s gardening detective story,” I explained. “Every detective story … Continue reading

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From Bare Root to Fruit

Here in Sonoma County CA, January is the time to plant bare root fruit trees. I didn’t understand that concept at first. OMG, they’re dead, or if they’re not, they will be. Not dead, but dormant. Sleeping. Taking a break, … Continue reading

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