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About Ashley in Open Lotus Garden

Organic and biodynamic gardener, writer/editor, lover of nature, animals, and the world.

Fall Migration: The Beautiful Country of Upstate New York

For the past decade, the end of summer has always meant traveling for me.  At the first hint of autumn, I would head south alongside the geese from my upstate New York homeland to arrive in time for the beginning … Continue reading

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“Gardening is a Subversive Act”

So y’all may have noticed that I haven’t exactly been on a writing binge lately, which will likely be explained in the post coming up next.  But in the meantime, I wanted to share this great video with you.  It’s … Continue reading

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Home-Grown Zesty Tomato Soup

So this month pretty much marks the end of the summer growing season in most places, but I have the suspicion that some of you gardeners out there might still have some tomatoes hanging around that you need to use … Continue reading

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Autumn Harvest: Fresh Sweet Pickled Peppers

Summer is finally winding down, even in the hot, dirty South.  And I’ll admit that it gives me a little ache in my heart to see it go, just the same as every year that came before this one.  I … Continue reading

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Fickle Weather and Tomato Blossom End Rot

It seems like it’s taken forever to get a good supply of tomatoes coming in from the garden.  It’s not that we didn’t start them early enough in the spring.  It’s not because we transplanted them outdoors too late. It’s … Continue reading

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Summer Garden Harvest

Here’s what I picked yesterday in the garden while I was doing some maintenance weeding.  No additional words necessary, really.  Just check out that basket and read the shirt! 🙂 Happy gardening!

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Cherry Tomatoes: A July Garden Taste Test

So it’s finally tomato season in the garden, and I’m officially rejoicing.  The garlic is harvested and ready to be crushed, the genovese basil leaves are there for the taking, and the olive oil is ready in the pantry…just waiting … Continue reading

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