For over 30 years, Habitat for Humanity has worked in the Mississippi Delta as a program to unite local people and outside volunteers in partnership to address the issues of substandard housing.
Time to ‘fess up about 2018’s garden foibles and failures. I’ve had ‘em.
Some garden experts opine that it’s best to always be positive. But as much as I’d like to gloss over how gardening isn’t always rosy, I’d rather maintain credibility with folks who know better. So here are some highlights of the low points.
I love a nice lawn. I studied turf management at Mississippi State University and consult with professional turf and home lawn lovers regularly. I even wrote the forward to the popular “Perfect Mississippi Lawn” book.
I appreciate all seasons, but the relaxed Mississippi autumn brings out a joyous if wistful rush in me.
Gardening isn’t all how-to advice (which isn’t universally accepted anyway – such is the fate of all garden experts); sometimes it’s more stop-and-smell-the-roses.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 55 years ago last Thursday on Nov. 22, 1963, and many Americans are more confused than ever about what took place on that fateful day in Dallas.
That is especially true for those of us — like me — who were born long after JFK’s life was taken prematurely.
Is everything in order in your garden? Wait – my real question is, does your garden look any different this month than last?
After this year’s early freeze, my garden went down pretty hard; my once-lush garden is suddenly half-naked.
I love rain, to a point. I love how it cascades in rivulets from my back deck’s corrugated tin top, how it refreshes the birds’ baths.
And overall it’s a good thing. Makes our trees grow so well, saving us from having to decide between a cactus-filled xeriscape landscape or dragging hoses to keep thirstier plants alive.
Every fall, most gardeners feel little pangs of guilt over how they handle garden debris, knowing full well most can be mowed, mulched or composted and added back to the garden to improve soil and recycle nutrients.
But it’s easier to rake and bag, right? Not really.