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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

March 2018

This time of year I start my day by feeding the cat, the dogs, the chickens, and hundred or so little vegetable seedlings. Cold-hardy kale, spinach and salad greens can be transplanted to glass-covered frames outdoors. It has to be sturdy protection, because we get a couple of heavy, wet snows in March, plus some big blasts of wind!

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 last 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.

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

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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.


Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

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