Tag: Gardening

Kneel Before Sod

Kneel Before Sod

By on 19 September, 2016 in Gardening, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Let’s be honest: Talking about lawns is not the most exciting thing in the world. Plenty of ink has been spilled about the costs and consequences of America’s obsessions with our yards, ranging from suburbanization and sprawl through the environmental effects of incessant fertilizing and watering. But this is not a polemic about xeriscaping. This […]

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Montgomery’s Tropical Revelation

Montgomery’s Tropical Revelation

By on 12 June, 2013 in Gardening, Outdoors with 0 Comments

In 2001, after I’d just moved to Los Angeles, my brother came out to visit me from New Mexico. Since he loves the zoo, we decided to take a day trip to the San Diego Zoo. I’m not much for zoos, but that place is amazing. After spending the whole day gawking at captive animals […]

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The Casual Midtown Garden

The Casual Midtown Garden

By on 29 April, 2013 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

When we moved to Montgomery almost six years ago, our back yard pretty much put the “wild” in Cloverdale-Idlewild. It was clear that several generations of homeowners had been content to let the beds around the perimeter become overrun with highly invasive plants, massive thistles and a canopy of vines. We’ve been working for years […]

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Tomato Pruning: Apparently Not a New Concept

Tomato Pruning: Apparently Not a New Concept

By on 29 June, 2012 in Gardening, Outdoors, Sarah Churchman with 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: Few things are as prototypically  quite as Southern as growing your own tomatoes. Texas songwriter Guy Clark even wrote a great song about it. As such, we gladly welcome MML’s newest writer, Sarah Churchman. Growing tomatoes was nothing new for me when I officially started doing so last year. I had watched my […]

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Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty

By on 11 April, 2012 in Gardening, Heather Coleman, Outdoors with 0 Comments

There is something about spring that makes even a city girl want to dig in the dirt. I grew up in the country, and we grew most of our own vegetables, freezing and canning them for winter. When my husband and I moved to Midtown, we moved into a house with a ton of beautiful […]

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Know Your Invasive Plants

Know Your Invasive Plants

By on 29 August, 2011 in Gardening, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 3 Comments

It’s the end of August. It’s too hot to garden. That’s an established fact for humans and plants alike. Anything you plant now is probably going to die anyway, and you’ll just get all hot out there in the sun, so why bother? This fatalism doesn’t have to be permanent. In the evenings, you can […]

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Neighborhood Heroes

Neighborhood Heroes

One of my fellow agents on July 4th sent me a copy of the Declaration of Independence, which I had not read in a long, long time. And apparently I had never before read — really read — the final sentence: And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection […]

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Gardening Failure: Could Be Chemical

By on 25 April, 2011 in Gardening, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

A lot of people give up on gardening. Maybe you don’t like the outdoors. Maybe you think it’s hot out there, or are afraid of a few mosquito bites. Or maybe it creeps you out that there are living things crawling around in the dirt. Or maybe you just honestly prefer food that has been […]

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The Drought Continues

The Drought Continues

By on 8 October, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

Yesterday, I visited the home of new clients. The couple moved to Montgomery from Albuquerque, New Mexico a while back and recently decided to construct a swimming pool in their back yard. My father was from New Mexico, and we had much to talk about. The newly excavated pool space and the resulting mounds of […]

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House Plants for the Soul

House Plants for the Soul

By on 10 September, 2010 in Gardening, Mark Montoya, Outdoors with 0 Comments

What a world! What a world!  What a world! In this messed-up world — and this horrible drought we are in, bring yourself some joy with house plants. The green in your home will soothe your soul. Some people feel that they must wait for someone to be ill or die before they can have […]

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