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A Master Gardener and Horticultural Therapist’s co-dependent tales of plants and insect adoration and loathing, garden successes and failures, and epic battles: Jules vs. Armadillo, Deer vs. Jules, Cat vs. Chipmunks, Male Urine vs. Deer and Japanese Beetles vs. Dawn.

Countless gardeners say they’re anal or have Type A personalities. Gardeners are a bit dysfunctional due to their desire to control—nature among other things—but I’ve known gardeners who believe their super-power methodology bestows life to every plant in their garden. … Continue reading

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There were crucial issues to worry about during my absence. Did RJ remember to water? Did he purchase a steel trap or a .22? Was there a dead armadillo behind the woodpile—dead plants, beer cans—anything? Did the deer that jump … Continue reading

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I drove to Cedar Creek Gardens hoping to find a shade tolerant “spiller” for the large ceramic pots on my back deck. A spiller is a plant that trails or tumbles out of the pot and it’s the last to … Continue reading

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For every person who shrieks when they see a bee or a spider like the Brown Recluse featured in Insect Ethics Part I, there’s a person or civilization enamored with insects. Scarab beetles were sacred to Egyptians because the beetle’s … Continue reading

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Cuatro was the biggest Brown Recluse spider I’d caught. He was lucky; I let him go after five days of captivity in the pickle jar. Uno lived a month and the longer he survived, the harder it was for me … Continue reading

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