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Ron Kujawski


Garden Journal columnist Ron Kujawski began gardening at an early age on his family's onion farm in upstate New York. Although now retired, he spent most of his career teaching at the UMass Extension Service.

STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! No, that’s not a message for pedestrians trying to cross Main Street in Great Barrington. Rather, it is a suggestion for folks who spend endless amounts of time tending to their home landscape and gardens. Sometimes we get so involved in the work that we fail to stop and look at the results.

That thought popped into my mind early last week when, after an arduous day, my wife and I decided to sit on the front porch, something we hadn’t done in a long time. It was early evening and in those moments of relaxation, our attention was soon drawn to the mix of flowers and shrubs bordering the front lawn.

“Waste not, want not!” This proverbial phrase has many connotations, including with respect to vegetable gardening. As a case in point, I have been picking peas since late June and have just about picked the last of this spring planted crop. Now what? Well, for one, there is now plenty of open space in the garden which I’d not like to see going to waste. Therefore, I want to use that space.

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