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Hornworm Heebie Jeebies

Something was eating my tomato plant. At first, I thought it was deer. So I moved the potted tomato onto the back terrace where I hoped they wouldn’t find it. Still, leaves disappeared and there were black castings on the ground that made me suspect something...

Summer by the Yard

A new deck is going up on our house as I write this. And I can hardly wait to sit out there in the cool of the evening. At our last house, my husband and I would often sit on the front porch steps, chatting lazily, watching Thistle poke around, and waving at passing...

A Poem for March – False Spring

Spring is often a bit of a tease in the mountains. Early, warm days will trick you into putting out flowers and bedding plants only to see an April frost literally nip them in the bud. I have a spot all picked out for my tomatoes (maybe they won’t get blight in...