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February 15, 2011


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Valerie, I've read your columns for years. Finally -- a top gardener unmasks and shows the reality of winter's grip on a garden bed. I've been hard on myself wondering why my raised beds looked either messy, barren, lumpy, rough or just empty and dumpy. I've made lots of mistakes attempting to interweave for blooming times, but not with much success. By late June and July it will be almost glorious, but sometimes it seems like a lot of effort for such a short growing season. I have not given up. And for your chuckles, I'm the biscuit stop for two neighbor dogs.


Thanks for the inspiration! My garden shares the same messy, lumpy look! We just received notice that we've been selected to be a 'garden to visit' on a classic auto tour this June and I'm petrified about how to get things order. The 'selection committee' came to see us just the other day, and after things at their worst asked if we would be part of the tour. This is definitely not a 'garden tour' worthy; I'm thinking these folks are more interested in the 'classic car' part of the gig. Your post came at just the right moment to jolt me into action, knowing that I'm not alone out there. Now how to get yards of good mulch pushed up my hillside lot....


just what I needed to get my ass in gear...my whole garden is messy and mangy and tattered. Thanks for the PUSH!


What a great panel that will be on Wed. I don't see quite how it will happen, but I'd love to get to that show this year. The raised beds look like they must be amazingly productive. That's funny about Bridget getting treats from neighbors. On my street, that would be me handing out the dog treats!


Ok, Dan...you're making us all look bad here!! :)

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In the News

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    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
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The New Low Maintenance Garden

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    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
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