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Steve Asbell
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The Importance of Being Selfish
Writing is easy when you’re honest and happy. I’ve never had a
problem writing about gardening when all I felt was wonder and unbridled
enthusiasm for the natural world, just as it was easy to write about the joys
of becoming a father - or the complex emoti...

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My Guidance Counselor Said That I Was Not College Material
I'm writing this for anyone who has ever been told that they were not good enough to succeed in life, especially those like myself with learning disabilities, social anxiety or an inability to fit in with the others. I know that this is mostly a garden blog...

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Make a Vertical Garden from Cheap Suet Basket Birdfeeders
Whenever I try feeding birds with those cheap suet basket feeders, I either end up with a gooey mess or find that some squirrel has run off with the thing within hours. However, I’ve also found that they make great planters for succulents and epiphytic plan...

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How to Garden with a Baby or Toddler Without Losing your MInd
During my first year as a father, I struggled to adjust to my new life and felt disconnected to the activities that once made me
happy - even gardening. But I eventually got the hang of it and realized that I
was no longer a gardener, but a parent who happe...

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My Elevated Planter and other New Stuff
Big changes are underway in my garden, and over the last month or so I've been hard at work planting new beds, rearranging, laying paths and composing vignettes. You know, gardening stuff. I'll post about all of that soon, but the most exciting development ...

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How to Design a Dry Creek Bed: 10 Tips
Now that I've made some headway on my own dry creek bed, I feel prepared to share a few of my tips for making it look better than an awkward ribbon of rocks. It isn't finished and probably never will, but still wanted to share some pointers. But first you m...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at my New Art Studio
As someone who's spent almost all of the last several years working from his bed or couch, I can't tell you how liberating it is to finally have a devoted workspace where I can draw and write without distraction. Well, other than my son tugging at my pants,...

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How to Care for Frosty Ferns
So-called Frosty Ferns have been popping up at retailers this Christmas and selling like gingerbread hotcakes. The bad news is that they probably came with no care instructions whatsoever, but the good news is that they're exceptional plants that will look ...
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