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potato harvest

One of the joys of gardening is that it sends you back to childlike thrills: buried treasure, mud pits, Easter Egg hunts. Potato harvesting combines all of these.

Our backyard garden is currently fallow, but last year we had a potato-harvesting bonanza. I tell you this now, in February, because here in California planting season has nearly arrived. And despite the recent blizzard throughout the Northeast, spring will be whispering wildflowers and blooming magnolias before you know it. It’s prime time to plan your garden.

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samples at the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival

I went to the Heirloom Tomato Festival at the Kendall-Jackson vineyards this Saturday, courtesy of our generous landlords who had spare tickets. The catch is I went solo. As a residency widow, I confess this happens from time to time. But I tell you, traveling alone can be more entertaining than you think.

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bowl of green beans

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

Do you think plants ever have existential questions? You know: Why am I here? What am I good at? From my vantage point, it sure doesn’t look like it.

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Green globe artichoke

I live 60 miles away from Castroville, California, the self-proclaimed artichoke center of the world. Yet on Wednesday I walked into a room full of eaters who had never tasted one. I was flabbergasted. Never eaten an artichoke?

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Sweet potato fries

I like words. I get a rise out of buying two bottles of wine named with antonyms, and I relish my daily Word of the Day e-mail from Merriam-Webster. But stringing words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into complex ideas with nuances and logical organization—sometimes that just exhausts me to the bone.

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