A Green Tomato Year

Here it is, mid-September in Oregon, and I have a dandy crop of green tomatoes. At this point, they’re not likely to ripen much more. What to do? Well, I…

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The Ad-Libbers Guide to Soup

Soup has many admirable qualities – it’s nutritious, inexpensive, unpretentious, comforting, and very flexible. That last one – flexibility — is what I want to talk about today.  Some of…

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A Garden in Blue

When my mother died, back in 2005, I asked the young couple who bought her house if I could take a cutting from the beautiful blue hydrangea in her backyard…

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Lessons I learned in my garden.

In recent weeks I’ve had occasion to think seriously about the big issues of life, and found myself drawn more and more to my garden. Not only because it’s a…

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