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Unusual Greens & Workplace Gardens

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You may be wondering why this blog is called "Bullets and Butterflies." Simple, really. While my fiction tends to be on the dark side, primarily horror and suspense (bullets), I also write a good deal of nonfiction, particularly on the subject of gardening (butterflies). Although I focus more on fiction writing in this blog, I will often discuss garden writing as well.

I've enjoyed writing for Gardening How-To for many years now, and fully appreciate Amy Sitze and her editorial staff. My latest article, "Unusual Salad Greens," is in the current issue. "Fresh garden salad means much more than just lettuce or spinach these days. Why limit yourself, especially when less-familiar greens such as claytonia, orach, corn salad, and cress are so easy to grow in your home garden?" I also described other greens such as purslane, mustard greens, arugula, upland cress, watercress, endive, escarole, and a few others. The graphics staff at Gardening How-To provided excellent photos to illustrate the article content. Bravo!

When I write articles like this, my intent is to teach gardeners to experiment with different varieties, different techniques, and new strategies to improve their gardening experience. I especially love to teach folks how to grow crops they generally can't find at the local produce market.

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Starting a Company Community Garden

For the past year or so, my employer, Independent School Management, has supported wellness initiatives for employees. With this in mind, I proposed starting a small but highly productive vegetable garden that ISM employees would maintain and harvest, an ISM "community garden" on the company's grounds. Here is a synopsis of my proposal to the company CEO.
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Edible Landscaping

I attended a two-hour workshop about edible landscaping last week, sponsored by the Delaware Cooperative Extension. Although I'm fairly knowledgeable on the topic and have read many of Rosalind Creasy's books (including the hugely resourceful The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping), I was hoping for specific info concerning native plants and "edibles" suitable for my home state of Delaware. I wasn't disappointed! After hearing about the Paw Paw, a unique and native fruit, I'd love to plant it if only I had the space!
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The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk

I just received my 2010 copy of The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk. I've been writing for the annual publication for the past five years, and I'm pleased that the Editor, Lucas McFadden, and the Executive Editor, Thomas Alexander, selected six of my articles for this edition:

  • Garden Huckleberries
  • India Rubber Plant
  • Succulent Swiss Chard
  • Vertical Cukes
  • Crotons: Brash and Bold
  • Ornamental Bananas



Of course, the issue includes 14-month weather forecasts, fishing and planting tables, nostalgia, cooking tips, the zodiac, bizarre stories--the usual fun stuff you find in almanacs!

Keep an eye out for a copy at newsstands and book stores in the coming month or so! You can also order a copy hereRead More 

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