The Gardening Mistakes Often Made By People Who Think They’re Doing It Right

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a color photograph of a garden journal with a pen beside it

The only thing we have learned from experience is that we learn nothing from experience.

Chinua Achebe

Problem #1: Most of us start doing things without a way of keeping it organized.

Thomas Jefferson kept a garden journal and so should you . . . or a folder or a 3-ring binder or something!

Ever had this experience? Where did I plant the . . . Read more

Learn the Lesson of the Season: Rest and Practice Dormancy

a wintry forest scene from early 20th Century Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin
Father Frost and the Stepdaughter (1932)
Ivan Bilibin

Of all the seasons, winter is the most conducive to the great art of dormancy. This art requires an appreciation of semi-consciousness: the beautiful and necessary prelude to sleep – a special pleasure in itself that is all too often neglected, under-valued or looked down upon.

Michael Leunig (b 1945)


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