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Spring will come - www.pithandvigor.com
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I launched a new format for the PITH + VIGOR newsletter this morning.  I'm feeling much better about what it is (I've never liked it...

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reducing mulch and replacing with ground cover by joanne neale www.pithandvigor.com
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Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that...

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Butterfly tattoo easter eggs in collected nests by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
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I had a hunch that my kid's temporary tattoos might be my easy trick for making interesting eggs this year.  I love how they are...

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Have you ever 'weeded' out a plant - sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended? I...

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Street Wisdom Boston - www.pithandvigor.com
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I've been really frustrated with myself for the past few days.  I had a revelation; an idea I was really excited to write about - it...

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Learning about and Experiments with Torasampe - Aegagropila linnaei - also called Marimo Japanese moss balls by rochellegreayer www.pithandvigor.com
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A couple of weeks ago, when I was speaking at the Philadelphia Flower show, I picked up some Aegagropila linnaei - also known as Torasampe...

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Easter Tree designed by Roanne Robbins photographed by Kelly Fitzsommons for www.pithandvigor.com
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The old Germanic tradition of the Easter tree has made its way into modern American custom. These trees have not achieved the popularity of that...

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Spring Planting herbs (rosemay, sage) and spices (turmeric and ginger) in self watering containers www.pithandvigor.com
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Are you an early spring indoor seed starter? I am not. Not that I wouldn't like to be, but frankly I just don't have the...

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The story of fertilizer via www.pithandvigor.com
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It was with overwhelming excitement on my part that I chose to include the first installment of Thistle & Fig - a cartoon series created...

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Office Makeover with Modernica Planter by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
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Slowly but surely my new office is taking shape. The hardest part for me is always the finishing touches. I still need to find, load-up and...

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How to grow sustainable modern roses (easy-care) by Pat Leuctman with Peter Kukielski
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In 2008 the state of New York imposed new regulations on all government-owned properties - no longer would pesticide usage be allowed.  Peter Kukielski, the rosarian-curator...

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Pat Leuchtmanat www.pithandvigor.com
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Pat Leuchtman had barely begun her own garden in Heath, Massachusetts in 1980 when she began writing Between the Rows, a weekly garden column for...

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How to build a better deck - tips on style and materials.
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Decks do not have to be boring and the living space they create can and should be imbued with a sense of style that looks...

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Camellias in full bloom at Middleton Place gardens. March 2015. by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
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Last week, the old south - specifically Charleston, South Carolina welcomed me for a few days while I got to know some new people.  I'll get...

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How to make an attractive city by alain de Botton
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I've been serving on a committee with my little town to try to sort out some design guidelines for our 'commercial district'. If you've ever...

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Everything you ever wanted (and didn't want) to know about moss - at www.pithandvigor.com - image by Sascha Wenninger - Moss near the Yarra River
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I'm always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I will learn and what will...

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a shamrock (oxalis) rainbow www.pithandvigor.com
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I'm finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In the last decade (or so)...

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illustration of flowers by Kim Piper Werker
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I thought these answers, given by school children at Tower Hill Botanic Garden over the recent winter break, were too charming and (sometimes) thoughtful not...

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Cutting garden shrubs
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I'm finally starting to believe that eventually these piles of snow will recede - we have a long way to go here in New England, but...

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 My name is Bridget Beth Collins. I live in a little corner of Seattle called Ravenna with my coder husband and three wild boys. We...

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All subscribers can download a digital .pdf copy of issue #2 here: PITH+VIGOR_ISSUE_SPRING_2015.compressed   (page images coming soon)

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