It Was Research–I Swear!

  Because my next book involves plants and booze, I am required to spend a lot of money at liquor stores buying unusual spirits.  It's terrible, I know, but this is the ...

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I Must Have This.

I’m totally in love with these DIY kits for making your own bitters. The problem with making your own bitters is that some of the spices are expensive and difficult to track ...

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What’s Native?

What better day than July 4th – our national independence day — to consider the issues surrounding gardening with natives versus gardening with plants of foreign origin? (For the record, I grow ...

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Summer Punches. Now.

So. Summer is here, and that means that you need to break out the punches. Not that dreadful stuff made with Sprite and sherbet and the worst possible vodka, but a nicely-made, ...

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Are You Afraid of Gardens and Nature?

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky. December 2008. Most of us know that gardens and nature are good for us. And good for our children, too. Dirt is healthy for ...

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