Spring 2018

At The Gate

I don’t know about where you live, but around here the weather’s been just a wee bit loony lately. The seasons aren’t fitting into their four—Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter—boxes quite as neatly as they used to.  READ MORE

Contributors

Typing on a laptop in a garden
Laurel Radomski: Plover, WI’s Laurel is “an avid—well, rabid—gardener” who’s had stories in Issues 95, 96, 100, 103, 104, 108, and 112! Dave Salch: Southern OR’s Dave is a retired high-tech executive, father of 11, and now head of a ten-acre farm with a one-acre garden. Chawada Dioka: Botswana, Africa’s Chawada retired from education to…  READ MORE

Stories

Good Morning!

I open my eyes to discover Bodie, the smaller of my two dogs, with his head on my pillow. I don’t move quickly enough to avoid his good-morning kiss, so I get puppy tongue up my nose.  READ MORE

The Vole Truth

My wife and I have nine children living at our rural Oregon homestead. For us, teaching the ways of nature to the next generation is just as important as raising produce—small wonder we call the place Little Sprouts Farm.  READ MORE

Second to None!

Approximately 13 years ago, I was the school principal in the village of Serowe in Botswana, Africa. It was a day in September when my personal secretary, Mary, knocked on the door of my office. I asked her to come in.  READ MORE

The Little Girl with the Hose

Last spring, a group of gardeners here in our rural North Carolina town wanted to do a spring service project for our community. We decided to create a small garden at a local school, with six-year old children.  READ MORE

Charles Wells

All last year I wrote how much we missed our garden. Finally, after ten months, Spring and Summer having passed, we were able to move back home. Sadly, it was too late for my darling husband and companion of 53 years.  READ MORE

Brick by Brick

Imagine a backyard full of blueberry bushes, plum trees, wild grass, and a profusion of flowers, with a curving brick walkway that carries you along a path half hidden from view.  READ MORE

Time in the Garden

I volunteer with children after school, cultivating the love of knitting. One afternoon I asked a 12-year-old, “What time is it?” The young person looked at a watch and said, “It is 3:57.”  READ MORE

A Slow Bloomer

I was born and raised in the dry country of Northern California. When we moved into our new home in Sharpsburg, Georgia, I was completely ignorant of Southern flora. I was mesmerized by the tall pines and thick woods that surrounded our yard.  READ MORE

“Rabbit, Rabbit!”

In our family, it’s always been the custom on the first day of every month—before speaking a single word, not even “Good morning” or “Coffee, please”—to lean out the window and yell, “Rabbit Rabbit!”  READ MORE

These Days, Too, Have Passed

McKenzie was the first to grace and bless my garden. As soon as I could, I brought this baby girl to my garden of refuge: refuge from anything, anything at all.  READ MORE

Food, Fire, and Community

Farming has shown me that when surrounded by the absolute worst of conditions, both people and plants will work hard to survive. When our part of California was struck by the disastrous firestorms in October, the lesson took on a whole new meaning.  READ MORE

The Miracle of the Ladybug

As I was sewing in my room the other night, I heard an insect repeatedly flying into the overhead light. I was trying, unsuccessfully, to ignore the annoying tapping—when the tink-tink of bug on glass abruptly stopped.  READ MORE

Growing Gardeners

I've worked in the nursery business here in Napa, California for 15 years. During that time I’ve learned that my job is to help grow gardeners just as much as plants. Especially in spring.  READ MORE

The Power of One Pepper Clapping

I must needs be pounding out these wascally words in the barely-of-Spring, whence I am (or should that be was? Or even will be, if you consider I’ll probably be equally—if somewhat differently—horticulturally foolish again next season...  READ MORE

Where Did You Go?

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet and Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University. Her husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, was a native of Eritrea, Africa who became a refugee, emigrated to Europe then America, and became a gourmet chef and abstract artist.  READ MORE

Elsie’s Daffodils

Just down the hill from where I work in Glasgow, Scotland, there is a ruined garden in an abandoned churchyard. Graffiti is scrawled over the locked front door, rubble and trash are scattered all over the premises, and weeds flourish in every corner.  READ MORE

My Part for Monarchs

Last spring, I attended a lecture at my local library entitled, “How To Create a Pollinator Garden.” The speaker impressed upon us the importance of including milkweed, the sole host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars, when planning our gardens.  READ MORE

Buds

It Sustains You

Clocks of the Seasons

Plant Trees

Poems

Shelling Peas

Cuttings

A Whole Bunch of Fishies!

Road Song of a 13th-Century Page

My Mother’s Day Present

Broken Trowel

Too Many Golden Kisses

Letters to GreenPrints

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