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Your garden: Work with what you have, and appreciate it

Bobbi Junod built raised beds and a hoop-house greenhouse in her front yard on Bassett Avenue because that's where the sunshine is.
Bobbi Junod built raised beds and a hoop-house greenhouse in her front yard on Bassett Avenue because that's where the sunshine is.

Bobbi Junod has a hoop-house greenhouse in her front yard on Bassett Avenue, and it extends the growing season for her vegetable garden from late February to December.

"We are vegan and eat lots of veggies, so it is wonderful," she said.

Junod likes to combine gardening with art and spirituality. She has a blog, Creating a Scared Garden, at Bobbijunod.wordpress.com, and she published a book last year about this passion, Do You Doubt the Daffodil? (Gadfly LLC, $24.95)

Here are her five gardening tips:

1. Don't fight the site. Accept the limitations and gifts of your site, and work with it. If your soil is clay, think about raised beds.

2. Experiment. "I love working in the garden because I can be creative as I want or I can just be a mad scientist. I graciously allow failure in my garden because sometimes you just have to try and see what happens."

3. Communicate with the plants. The plant kingdom is here to assist us. We work in collaboration, so communication is the key. Listen with ears and imagination. Talk to the plants to let them know what your ideas are.

4. Create a sacred garden. To consciously enter the garden as sacred is a work of the divine. Awareness, being present, gratitude and reverence create an energy of love.

5. Share the bounty. Give what you reap, reap what you sow, sow what you want.

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