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It’s January. Are you in planning mode?   Of course, you are! Me too. This year, I’m planning windbreaks and natural barriers, berry gardens, possibly some new trees, and the completion of the patio and arbor. Plus, every year, there is a new container garden scheme that is always a fun, creative challenge. You might […]

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Woman sitting in a garden chair by a house with colorful circular wall decorations.

I love a bit of repurposed and recycled art. Do you see what these charming circles were in a former incarnation? What I would normally consider a blight on the landscape and a wrecker of perfectly nice architecture (I am thinking of European apartment buildings with antennas and dishes hanging off every balcony), has been […]

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Five ticks associated with Lyme resources, crawling on a white surface with visible fine strands of hair.

It’s a slow rainy Saturday here in New England.  Besides kicking off the farmers market this morning, I have spent the bulk of the day glued to the TV, watching the sad farewell to our well-loved Senator Kennedy.  While I am the type of person who would watch this type of thing from beginning to […]

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A knitted chair cover with cable patterns and buttons displayed outdoors.

Does this garden chair look familiar? I am referring to the ubiquitous plastic seat that is an icon of backyard comfort and practicality. Do you know the kind of chair I am talking about? They mostly come in white, but sometimes they are green or brown. The plastic garden chair is affordable, durable, and tends […]

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Architectural evolution of a small house from foundation to completed structure with landscaping.

This is an exciting option for an extra room at your home, particularly if the budget is tight and you need some dedicated and quiet workspace.  I imagine this affordable garden shed as a perfect place to write, or perhaps if you are a garden designer needing an inspiring office in the landscape. There are many […]

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What is Shinrin-Yoku? A guide to forest breathing and a mini meditation guide

I am lucky to live near Walden Pond; I walk or swim there almost every day. Taking myself offline gives me a chance to reset. I go to the forest to breathe with the intention of reinvention, and because I realize by slowing down, I’m not doing less; I’m doing more. Forest bathing, popularly called […]

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