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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

June 2016

What's your pleasure, blueberries or raspberries in red, black or purple? These are the star crops in my garden right now, and it takes daily picking to get these super-nutritious fruits harvested and stored. To save room in the freezer, I juice some of the black raspberries and make a syrup to use in salad dressings and frozen desserts. When the next hot spell comes, it will be my excuse to make black raspberry gelato!

Morning is a noisy time these days, starting with the songs of several hundred birds with the added buzz of bees later. The honeybees are happy because the poppies are in bloom, the hummingbirds have found the nasturtiums, and soon the staghorn sumac will flower, luring in butterflies with its sweet nectar. 

These wonders are happening in your yard, too. Don't let them pass you by.

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.

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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