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Family Time Around the Harvest Table

Writer / Carrie Petty Gathering. Community. Something we all need more of during the holiday, and the family table is the best place to do such a thing. This is where the ancestry storytelling happens. When grandpa shares about growing up in his family home, or how he met grandma. It is like connecting the dots for the younger generations. It is when family recipes are served in great grandmother’s china, and the announcement of a new baby is often made. Gathering. It is an intuitive thing we do to share stories and break bread, and I for one think ...

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Martha Stewart Left Her Mark On My Garden

Writer  /  Carrie Petty I stood impatiently by the book-signing table. Waiting my turn.  Loaded-down with every possible book of hers I owned. It felt surreal. I had devoured every magazine Martha Stewart had ever published, and now I was going to meet her! This was so very long ago, but it feels like yesterday, that a woman from Connecticut would instill a deep love in me for everything gardening and entertaining. My first garden had not even been designed, but my home would soon be my green thumb’s haven. Martha Stewart can be blamed for my poorly manicured hands ...

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Year After Year, Perennials Keep Coming Back!

Writer / Carrie Petty This is the time of year to plant flowers! Flowers bring extra beauty and happiness into our world, and the best kind of flowering plant is the kind that keeps coming back year after year — the perennial. Growing perennials is one of the easiest ways to garden. I have more than 40 varieties of perennials in my yard, I just love them because they give me a great ‘cutting’ selection all growing season long in which to make beautiful floral arrangements. In the summer months, entertaining and gardening life go hand in hand. Purchasing Perennials ...

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Spring Gardening In March Madness

Writer  /  Carrie Petty March madness is the appropriate term this month for any gardener in Indiana! My husband always reminds me it usually snows during bracket season. Don’t you just love the Final Four? Our family does the whole bracket celebration. This is a long cherished Petty tradition full of healthy competition among neighbors and coworkers. Between March 14 and April 3, the NCAA gets into high gear. A Reader’s Digest article noted that, “this year, American companies would lose $1.9 billion in wages paid to unproductive workers spending company time on betting pool priorities.“ Gardeners also gamble on the chance ...

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