My Summer in a Garden, 1870–Week 2

This summer I’m comparing Charles Dudley Warner’s gardening journal, My Summer in a Garden, to my own garden. I’m finding that I can relate to many of his perspectives, and as he describes the second week of his garden’s progress,  his thoughts are centered on weeds. Hardly is the garden planted, when he must begin…

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The Gardening Season, the Annual Test of Character

The last frost date is upon us here in southern Wisconsin, and I have officially begun another garden season. Every spring I can’t wait to get out in the garden and by August, I’m wondering what I did with all that spare time I had all winter. A few months ago, I discovered a free…

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“Knees” (with apologies to poet Joyce Kilmer)

Are you familiar with the poem Trees, by Joyce Kilmer?  “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree…”?  It’s a classic poem teachers have long assigned to their students for memorization. In case you didn’t know that the poem had been set to music, here is an unforgettable version,…

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