Category Archives: Gardening

Resurrecting the Dead

The strip between the parking lots of the post office and the warehouse was barren. It constited of a long lump of dry beige soil and a few struggling sweet gum trees. A landscaping company came by once a month … Continue reading

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The Little Red Hen – Coyote Approved Version

I used to love the this story as a child but it always seemed to be missing a little something. In honor of coyote energy I have updated this tale for my own satisfaction. Once upon a time, a little … Continue reading

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My Scary, Giant Purse

The trunk of my minivan tells strange stories. Most people treat their vehicles like a big purse or backpack. I am no exception. As a healthcare advocate and middle-aged housewife, the mishmash of the radical and the domestic aspects of … Continue reading

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Hungry for Natives

Every week I try to sneak away from the city. I live in Eugene, Oregon which is a considered a small city by most standards but it is a city none-the-less. Eugene is rife with parks and bike paths but … Continue reading

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The Medicine of Flowers

I call myself the practical herbalist. Pragmatism is a value that I hold in high regard. I dress in clothing that fits comfortably. I strive to cook food that is flavorful and nutritious. I recycle. I can. I save paper … Continue reading

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Life of Pie

I love pie. I was raised with the scent of pie cooking in the oven just before a holiday or birthday. My family was poor so cake was a luxury that we could rarely afford. Pie is made of fruit … Continue reading

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Elderberry to the Rescue

I am an unabashed elderberry fan. It is not a one-size-fits-all herb like garlic. It doesn’t grow neatly on a kitchen window like sage. It isn’t easy to pick without a ladder like cayenne. It doesn’t wander into the front … Continue reading

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Garlic Day in Sierralupeland

The garlic was ripe and ready to harvest. The leaves were drying and flowers were fading. It was garlic harvest time. I bundled up the garlic that I had pulled and laid it on on the lawn by the deck … Continue reading

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Teenagers and the Backyard Chicken

Backyard chicken coops are all the rage now. There is even a name for women who raise urban chickens: femivore. This term doesn’t fit my lifestyle. I am not a suburban housewife with a high income hippie agenda. I work … Continue reading

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War of the Roses

I planted an aggressive climbing rose on purpose. There is a 3/4″ space between our circa 1940s chain link fence and the back of our neighbor’s shed. In this space lives an arrogant English Ivy. It knows that I won’t … Continue reading

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