Garden Journal

Winter greens: September is a fine time to plant lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, chard and radishes. While kale will march on through the winter, the others will do best with row covers as frost sets in. Sow densely and eat the thinnings as plants grow larger. Note that regional garden guru Patryk Battle suggests that you not pick greens on cloudy winter days due to potentially toxic nitrogen levels (whereas on sunny days, nitrogen is utilized for plant growth).

Wildflower workshop: The N.C. Arboretum will co-sponsor a three-day workshop under the direction of the North Carolina Botanical Garden from Sunday, Sept. 24, to Tuesday, Sept. 26. The event will be held at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. The $318 registration fee includes lodging (double occupancy), meals, walks, field trips, lectures and demonstrations. For more information, call 665-2492 or visit

Therapeutic gardening: The Carolinas Chapter of the American Horticulture Therapy Association will present a free workshop on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This program will look at the latest work in horticulture therapy in hospice situations and for those who are physically, emotionally or intellectually challenged. Call 665-2492 or visit for more information.

About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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