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gardening

by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The Von Tresslers were not normal members of the small Pennsylvanian community. With their wealth and attitude, they essentially kept themselves separated from the townspeople shunning invitations to join in, participate, or patronize local businesses along with poaching all the contractors in the area to build their mansion on the hill no matter to what projects they had already committed.

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by Kathleen Costa


Poppy’s “slimy” cousin Hubert Leach, a property agent, has been a bittersweet part in her life, but she thought the “quid pro quo” agreement she’d made would turn out to be simple and easy to fulfill. He had given Nell a lucrative cleaning contract, and Poppy promised a return “favor,” and being his date at an invitation-only cocktail party seemed a small price to pay. Until the “quo” was more than her “quid” could handle.

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Five Fun Ways to Volunteer on Earth Day

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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by Dylan Bartlett


On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. It’s a time for appreciation, gratitude and, more importantly, progress. Whether you’ve volunteered in years past or you want to get in on the action now, there’s a ton of ways to give back. Some of these you can do during lockdown, and others you can do when life gets back to normal.

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by Kathleen Costa
& H.Y. Hanna


What would make one quit their job? Demanding boss. Personal rebukes. Docking pay. Poppy Lancaster acquiesces desperately needing her paycheck, but when the last straw comes, quitting is the only solution. A prophetic chance meeting and gift of a papier-mâché, sprig-of-heather pin (Heather symbolizes transformative change—from the mundane to the extraordinary) heralds changes.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Julia Henry


Lilly Jayne is known for her fabulous gardens. It’s a matter of knowing the plants, placing art work in between, and creating an overall layout that brings it all together. Lilly’s been out of contact with many of her friends for a while. First, it was her husband Alan’s illness and then the grief over his death.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


During this time of year we like to feature groups who are making a difference in their community. While looking for such a group this year I found The Community Life Garden, just outside of Reedley. Interested in what exactly they do, I chatted with the Executive Director of Community Life Garden, David Gonzalez.

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by Kathleen Costa


In 2016, Wendy Tyson first published A Muddied Murder, the first book in her Greenhouse Mystery series, introducing Megan Sawyer who started out as a big city lawyer until circumstances made it necessary for Megan to return home and help run Washington Acres, the family’s organic farm, and the farm-to-table cafe.

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by Kathleen Costa


Online streaming is an extremely popular and inexpensive form of entertainment often offering television shows or movies with a specific focus. In the case of BritBox, viewers are given access to a large variety of popular British favorites and current hits.

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by Kathleen Costa



I am very aware of the countless rave reviews for Wendy Tyson’s Greenhouse Mystery series, and am thrilled to finally join in with others to voice my excitement. Although I started with the third most recent release, the synopses and revisiting of key details in the backstory or character connections made sure I never suffered from a newbie handicap.

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by Kathleen Costa


Set in the Cotswolds, Prunella “Pru” Parke, a highly sought after professional gardener, receives a letter from Cora Summersun who reveals that in the near future she expects to inherit a lovely manor house and surrounding gardens known as Glebe House. She hopes to hire Pru as a consultant using her expertise to sort through copious amounts of journals, diagrams, and files, to design a plan to restore the gardens to their original grandeur.

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by Ann Katlyn


Are you wondering how you can ensure that your asparagus will grow healthily? Did you know that you need to water and fertilize them in the right manner? Get to know the tips on watering and fertilizing asparagus for a healthier grow.

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by Cynthia Chow



In the two years since Pru Parke moved from Texas to her mother’s homeland in England, Pru’s life has transformed in ways she could never have imagined. Now married to former London Met detective chief inspector Christopher Pearse and settled in at Hampshire’s Greenoak, Pru receives the offer of a lifetime. The passionate gardener is being asked by the Austin Rock Garden Society to act as a liaison at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show until their arrival.

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Catnip Catastrophe

IN THE June 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMaria Ruiz,
andPets
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by Maria Ruiz




Standing in the backyard, holding the hose at 3 a.m., aiming for the targets, I thought back to how it had happened.
I had a lovely vegetable garden in San Diego. I hauled out rocks, built raised beds, applied lots of manure and compost, love, and time. Finally I had a fertile garden. My family ate the freshest, and pesticide-free tomatoes, lettuce, onions, peppers, chard, and asparagus.

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by J.R. Chabot


I don’t want to come off a snob, but really, what did she expect? Did she honestly think I’d… No, we’ll get to that later. First things first.

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