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Drink This.

Gin.  (vodka if you must, but really–gin.  Hendrick's would be a fine choice.) Basil and cucumber, muddled. Squeeze of lime juice. Splash of Dry Cucumber Soda Happy Wednesday! Posted by Amy Stewart ...

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A Barren Year

More successful in 2010 I’ve had hens for 5 or 6 years now, and don’t plan on ever living without them again. They’re fluffy and pretty. Their scratch-and-peck is mesmerizing and tranquilizing. ...

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Turning a City Corner into a Garden

I got really tired of looking at this weedy corner, just a block from my home. A city-owned spot, it was filled with poison ivy, English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, and volunteer shrubs ...

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What’s a “Relentlessly Gay” yard?

To a self-described Christian in the Baltimore area, it’s having colorful candles. Rainbow-colored candles. They’re what moved a “Concerned Home Owner” to complain in this note to the offending neighbor. Homeowner Julie ...

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The Winnowing

Plants I’ll be repeating through my dry meadow area: assorted bearded iris, moody dark meadow sage (Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’), and bright red penstemon (P. cardinalis). Because I moved across the country and ...

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The Power of Naming

In my last column, I admitted I prefer my own garden to Garden Shows, though it does depend on how far under the snow my garden is buried at the time the ...

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