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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

June 2017

A vegetable gardener’s life changes in June. Even with the garden well planted there is plenty to do, but managing divergent tasks takes on a certain rhythm. Early morning becomes the best time to harvest night-chilled cabbages and beets, and for taking on big projects that make you get behind out your shovel and work. Casual hoeing can be done in spurts, mowing is always best at the right moment (breeze, please), and I like evening for quiet fingertip weeding or setting out seedlings. Sound familiar?

I’ll get a break from weeding to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in Burlington, Vermont, June 10-11, where I will get my first-ever glimpse of Lake Champlain. All my life I have wanted to go to Vermont, and now it is really happening!

Thanks to all of you sweet readers who have given my new book, Homegrown Pantry, such a warm welcome. It’s only been out a month, and the numbers say there are lots of gardeners who want to enjoy garden-grown food every day of the year. 

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.

To keep up with my new work as it comes, follow me on Facebook

To learn more about pretty prayer plants (red marantas), see my Maranta information page for tips and trivia.

Explore My Gardens

Click around to learn more about my books, blogs, lectures, and of course my garden!  By the time you move on, I hope you feel inspired to garden a little more, and have a great time doing it.
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Thank you, Garden Writers!


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.

Blue Ridge mountainsei
My new book, now in stores!


Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

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