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Richard Sidy

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During World War II there were nearly 20,000,000 Victory Gardens across the U.S. producing about 40 percent of all the vegetables consumed during the war years. Of all the home front contributions to the war effort, these gardens were a staple of what average Americans could do at home to provide a dependable and fresh food supply. Many farm workers had enlisted, and farms had to get by without their normal workforce.

By Richard Sidy September 1, 2022
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Recently I visited the garden at Verde Valley School, and was walking through it with a young man who is very concerned about the environment and the risks to our climate and planet. He asked if it would be better if people just left Nature alone since it had survived for so many years on its own.

By Richard Sidy August 7, 2022
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Recently I visited the garden at Verde Valley School, and was walking through it with a young man who is very concerned about the environment and the risks to our climate and planet.

By Richard Sidy August 1, 2022
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After nursing young plants through the hot dry months of May and June, the onset of the monsoon season is a great relief for gardener and garden alike. Monsoon rains bring a burst of growth to plants that were always on the edge of dehydration unless we watered, watered, watered.

By Richard Sidy July 1, 2022
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May and June are the hottest and driest months before we welcome the first rumbles of thunder and fragrance of monsoon season at the beginning of July. It is so painful to watch plants struggling and dehydrating under relentless, rainless skies.

By Richard Sidy June 1, 2022
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Last month I was invited to teach students from Sedona Charter School about sustainability at the Sedona Heritage Museum.

By Richard Sidy May 1, 2022
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Last month I was invited to teach students from Sedona Charter School about sustainability at the Sedona Heritage Museum.

By Richard Sidy April 27, 2022
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An image that has stuck with me since I was very young is that of a pebble tossed into a pond. I learned that day that even a small pebble could send out circles of waves that will eventually reach a far shore.

By Richard Sidy April 1, 2022
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Our garden is another chapter in the story of our life at home. When I see birds building nests in our garden, pollinators feeding at our flowers, lizards raising their young, or a toad hibernating beneath damp soil, they become part of our family. They affirm that our garden is a welcoming habitat and a safe home.

By Richard Sidy March 30, 2022
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Our garden is another chapter in the story of our life at home. When I see birds building nests in our garden, pollinators feeding at our flowers, lizards raising their young, or a toad hibernating beneath damp soil, they become part of our family. They affirm that our garden is a welcoming habitat and a safe home.

By Richard Sidy March 1, 2022
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When I want to write about the garden, the first thing I do is go outside and walk in it. After so many years we have an intimate relationship.

By Richard Sidy February 1, 2022
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When we think of a colorful garden we mostly think of sunny bursts of flowers, fresh buds and ripening fruit. The winter garden has a somber and textured mood like the low angle of light of shorter days, glowing silhouettes of plants, longer shadows, golden, rust, and brown litter of leaves.

By Richard Sidy January 1, 2022
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When our grandchildren visit us they love to work and play in the garden. Actually, what we call “work” will likely turn into “play” in their world!

By Richard Sidy November 30, 2021
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A gardener’s sense of time is governed by the seasons, and by the life cycles of plants and other garden residents. There is a rhythm to life that a gardener experiences that is a contrast to the strict lock step of days, weeks, and months.

By Richard Sidy November 2, 2021
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In the month of October we are between the harvest moon of September, and the Thanksgiving celebrations of November. This is a transition time between seasons, when all of our senses are kindled by change.

By Richard Sidy September 30, 2021
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