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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

October 2015

The stink bugs are back! You forget how big and ugly they are because they are out of sight, out of mind from April to September. Then they swarm your house on warm fall days, and you do your best. 

For the past two falls, I have been mortified when stink bugs crawled out of my briefcase in multiple airports as I traveled to the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, Kansas. Not this year! The briefcase is wrapped in a plastic bag, but I have several habitat traps set up to give them tempting places to gather. On a sunny day, I gather and kill at least 100 stink bugs a day by drowning them in jars of soapy water. 


Looking for something I’ve written, but can’t remember where? I know the feeling! In attempt to bring order to the chaos of hundreds of articles and blogs, I’ve set up Pinterest boards of my work. The categories range from permaculture and pollinators to growing onions and garlic. I hope you find my Pinterest guide easy to use and more enjoyable than reading through long lists.

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Recently I received word that both my long-running Gardening Know How column in Mother Earth News and my GrowVeg Blog won Silver Awards of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association. I must be doing something right, among them working with the great creative teams. I am especially grateful to Cheryl Long, editor-in-chief at Mother Earth News, whose gardening passions run as deep as mine, and to Jeremy Dore at GrowVeg, who never runs out of great new ideas.

Barbara Pleasant
Blue Ridge mountainsei


Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

cat with hollyhocks
Magnus, who bears a family name from my Swedish ancestors

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