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Barbara Pleasant

                                                                    Garden Writer

January 2016
Ah, a fresh new year, which I like to kick off by restarting my amaryllis bulbs. I know, amaryllis are supposed to be holiday flowers, but I've found that they make better perennials when managed for March bloom. I let the bulbs dry down in September, then move them to the basement for the winter. In January I wake up the resting bulbs with warmth, light and water, and they are on their way. Growing amaryllis on this schedule makes it easier to handle the plants in their awkward green stage, which is best passed outdoors. My potted amaryllis grow in half shade all summer, nestled in among the ground covers. Sometimes they produce little pups, but they never lose their enthusiasm for blooming.   

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.

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Floyd, VA, USA

Near Roanoke on the

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Magnus, who bears a family name from my Swedish ancestors

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