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Welcome. Since 1996 I've designed this site to be a quiet corner, like a neighborhood cafe, where you can sip coffee, munch on a cookie and discover helpful information, recipes and tips. Enjoy yourself and thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Marion Owen, organic gardener
Fearless Weeder for PlanTea and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul


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organic gardening tipsA Little of This, a Little of That

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Chicken Soup for the Gardener's SoulStories from
Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul

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  • A Bedside Story--What makes a great doctor? (Hint: He talks to his veggies)
  • Plant a Row for the Hungry--How the author is inspired by homeless to begin nationwide program where gardeners are encouraged to grow an extra row of vegetables and donate them to food banks.
  • Plum Pretty Sister--Nature and babies have their own schedules!
  • Madeleine's Wheelbarrow--How the author pictures recently deceased friend Madeleine pouring wheelbarrow loads of prayers and love over her to heal her
  • An Angel in Shirtsleeves--Retiree Mickey Weiss started a program that gives hungry people the slightly damaged produce that was being thrown away.
  • The Wedding Gift--A guest at the bride's wedding brings her a special gift -- 20 years later.
  • My Money Tree--A family surprises Mom with her very own "money tree."
  • Planting Day--A 6-year-old girl learns, when another mother dies and leaves a memorial garden for her own children, how precious it is to spend planting day with Mom.
  • Yellow Irises--A mother raises a family in a caring but mentally troubled life. The day she died, the author found something very special...


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