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Friday Musings: Tap Root

Friday Musings: Tap Root

I have always found gardening to be one of life’s most rewarding pursuits. I was introduced to it at a very young age, growing up first in the city of Camden where everyone had gardens in the open area that led to the Delaware River behind our row homes, and then later in the suburban town we moved to when I was six. My parents were fortunate to again have an empty field at the back of their property that my father quickly transformed into a huge garden. My own gardens that I grew as an adult were much smaller in scale, but they still seemed to produce a bumper crop every year. My dad and I differed in our ways of doing things. I like raised beds, and he preferred gardens that stepped down. He saw no use for flowers among the vegetables, and I liked to intermix the two, sometimes even according to color. He’d reach for the strongest spray in his lean-to behind the garage at the first sign of pests or fungus, and I preferred organic methods that made him laugh. I felt very close to him when we talked about ideas for planting, or when I consulted him for help. By the time I was growing things of my own, he’d given up his own garden and enjoyed spending time in mine as a result. HIs parents were gardeners too, as were my mom’s parents, so there was also the feeling that we were continuing a tradition that had started many years ago. I share that same sense of connection with my son, Zachary, who also loves to garden, and I’m pleased to say that my daughter, Wendy, has also taken up the practice in the last few years. It definitely feels like something that runs in the family in a very deep way.

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #3: Al Fresco

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #3: Al Fresco

Is there really anything better than eating outside on a beautiful night in the summer? I can’t think of very much. There’s just something magical about sitting under the stars, with twinkling lights and candles, and your significant person, or a really close group of friends. And cocktails, of course. It can be at a restaurant that has outdoor seating, which I happen to love, especially when you find a place in the city that has courtyard seating in the back that you didn’t even know about. Or it can be in someone’s

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