A Gardener’s Guide to a Weed-Free Narrative

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The new fence, with a purple gate! The new fence, with a purple gate!

Last year, I worked a small garden in small pieces and wrote about how that was a good metaphor for writing a novel – or tackling any long project, for that matter: a little bit at a time. [Six Writing Lessons From the Garden]. Because my garden was so small, I protected it with a

Wire & Ski-pole fence, 2013 Wire & Ski-pole fence, 2013

makeshift fence of wire held upright by ski poles.

My small plot was highly successful, yielding leeks, shallots, lettuce, fennel, endive, cherry and heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers both sweet and hot, green beans, Brussels sprouts and assorted herbs. It gave me confidence to expand, but to do so would require more than a makeshift fence. I needed a sturdy and reliable fence to keep our grazing chickens out.

Other years, my gardens have sprawled across the landscape, often resulting in more…

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