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Your dead leaves are far more valuable for your garden than you think

Your dead leaves are far more valuable for your garden than you think

If your Ring camera caught somebody loading your brown paper bags of yard leaves off the sidewalk and into a hatchback, it might have been me, and I’m not sorry.
Growing coleus in Atlanta

A coleus for all of us: How to grow the colorful plant in Georgia

On the sunniest Deep South day, wisely planted under the dark green backdrop of a shady tree, a clump of coleus will shimmer with most all the pinks and greens and yellows of other flowers—without a single bloom.
Tabletop hydroponics

How to grow easy countertop sprouts

No sun? No rain? No dirt? No problem. Sprouts can do without.
Growing ginger in Georgia

Ginger? Snap! Here’s how to grow it easily in Georgia

As Georgia’s weather starts its spring ascent toward another sweltering summer, it’s time to plant ginger. Here's how to grow it so that it'll be ready for fall pie season.
Why you should grow mint in the winter in Georgia

The kudzu of herbs: Why you should grow mint during the winter in Georgia

Winter has driven most plants to death or dormancy, but no Deep South freeze is bad enough to kill mint, the kudzu of herbs—and the gardening slack season is as good a time as any to start growing.
Copiana

Ponce City Market is growing—but not the way you’re thinking

Vertical aeroponic farm towers from Copiana are growing fresh produce—think rainbow chard, bok choy, basil, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, green onions, celery, and tomatoes—that will be given to restaurants, office workers, and residents in the building.
Pearl Cleage Garden essay

Pearl Cleage’s fantasy garden

"The truth is that I’m more of a fantasy gardener—in much the same way that I clip complicated, multistep recipes I have no intention of ever actually cooking." Atlanta playwright and poet Pearl Cleage pens this essay on gardening dreams.
Gardening pandemic

So, you want to start a garden? You couldn’t have picked a better time.

Days after COVID-19 began canceling Atlanta, I dealt with my own anxiety by spending a full Saturday digging in the dirt: planting shrubs, weeding, top-dressing the soil, potting herbs.
Paper whites amaryllis condo Atlanta

As a farm boy in a glitzy Peachtree condo, bulbs were my saving grace

The thing about living in the sky is that you can lose your grounding. Instead of freeing me, the high-rise life had unmoored me.

Confessions of a yardworkaholic

A few summers ago, as my family pulled into our Kirkwood driveway after a vacation, my yardwork addiction hit a low point. Before unloading a single boogie board or sand-dusted chair, I scurried into our front yard and yanked out a few weeds. I couldn’t stand their presence another second.

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