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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

February 2018

The little bulbs are starting to show and the blueberry buds are getting big, so spring is definitely coming! I have cabbage, onions, salad greens and other cool-season crops started indoors under lights --a reassuring sight on cold, dark mornings. Next month, when I need space to start tomatoes and peppers, the cold-tolerant seedlings can start moving to protected spaces outdoors.  


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


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.

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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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My new book, now in stores!

Wouldn’t it be great to eat from your garden every day of the year? That’s the idea behind my newest book, Homegrown Pantry. Over 50 food crops are covered from both gardening and kitchen angles, the start of many great adventures in homegrown food. 

Thank you, Garden Writers!

 

Wow! 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, recently retired 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.

Location:

Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Magnus, who bears a family name from my Swedish ancestors