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It’s sweet pea time! Sweet peas are amazing things. They were, according to Wikipedia, “the floral sensation of the late Victorian era” and they have the names to prove it; enchanting names like Bronze Prince, Black Knight, Mrs. Bernard Jones, and Lady Grisel Harrington. And the scented ones smell heavenly. But despite how carefully they’ve […]

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Snarfing means getting something for less – pouncing when you find something fabulous and outsmarting the market in the bargain. It is a hobby of mine and has been for a long time, starting back when I was totally broke, which I was for years, and shopped exclusively at Capwell’s basement and the Macy’s Clearance […]

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In addition to the cast iron bathtub that we turned into a planter for horsetail ferns, we also found ourselves with a double concrete laundry sink. It spent a year overturned in the yard, creating shelter for black widows and centipedes, but I’ve always had my eye on it for a planter. This week I […]

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When you buy a 120-year old building that’s in disrepair, chances are you’ll inherit some junk. Among the things we inherited were ancient single-paned windows. There’s not a lot you can do with these when it comes to construction. The ones in our shed were fragile, with failing glazing and broken panes. Even if you […]

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This is what the retaining walls looked like at the beginning of last week. As you can see there is quite a bit of what I call the “lunar landscape” still hanging on in the center of the yard  - the hard, clay packed expanse covered desultorily with wood chips that was left after the […]

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