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"I Was Black, and I Told Her So"
spacious, with young dogwood trees blooming all over the yard, the wraparound porch sporting a swing just outside the front window boxes , which were full of geraniums. Inside, Oriental rugs lay under every constellation of furniture in the living room, and
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Our Secret Selves: The Joy of Barking Alone
t resist a little dogness. Worse, it was me policing myself. Back when I younger and didn't have kids and bills and window boxes with no flowers in them, and didn't feel that I should be doing something useful and constructive at all times, I used
Excerpt from The Imperfectionists
fingers, damp from peeled potatoes, dishwashing liquid, diced onions, scented from mothballed blankets, soil from the window boxes -Eileen is a woman who touches everything, tastes all, digs in. She slips on her reading glasses. "What are you hunting
Excerpt from In Spite of Myself
Austria having submitted to a major face-lift. No matter how modest, every schlöss had been freshly painted, their window boxes by the thousands overflowing with fresh multicolored flowers. The restaurants had made giant steps towards improvement and
Getting Rid of Your Mental Lint
to my husband about vacationing in West Virginia (nurturing my spouse). Not geraniums, which I could still put in the window boxes ...or could just forget about since it is July and people who really love gardening—as opposed to people who feel
Grow Anything: 18 Ways to Plant the Seeds for a Happier Life
How to Plant Grass for Your Indoor Cat Did the cat chew up your fresh-cut tulips? Take out a whole row of herbs in your window box ? That nibbling isn't just a nuisance—it can actually make your pet sick. A safer alternative: cat grass. A mix of
Your Midweek Treat
Glass Garden Art Stakes, $10. Fade-resistant, handmade garden markers will help identify all the plants in your yard or window box . They’re customizable, too (our picks: fire-engine red for tomatoes and hot pink for French lavender).
June's Must-Try Food Guide
them at farmers' markets now or grow your own; within two or three weeks of planting pea seeds (which you can even do in a window box ), you'll have edible shoots. Iced Tea. Although it seems every summer brings a new crop of bottled teas, there's
Embracing All Things Green
Grow something. If you don't have room to create an orchard or a vegetable patch, even a little plot on your lawn or a window box will give you the satisfaction of using foods that you planted yourself. Some cities and towns have community garden projects
Grow Your Own Greens
these five simple steps to get your garden growing: Pick Your Spot You can plant seeds in the ground, in a pot or in a sunny window box . No matter where you're planting, it's always important to start with good, healthy soil. If you're planting in