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continued on page 40 what works and what doesn't is as uncomplicated as her garden. She keeps a large three-ring binder flled with tags, taped to the pages, of plants, fowers and vegetables she grows. She makes notes next to each tag about when the item was planted and how it fared in her garden. A lifelong gardener, she earned the designation of master gardener in 2011 through the Extension Master Gardeners of Union County. To earn the designation, participants complete 10 classes on a range of gardening topics and pass a fnal exam. In her garden, she easily mixes fowers, shrubs, vegetable plants and herbs in raised beds and wooded areas of her backyard. Her fower gardens include ginger lilies, zinnias, oakleaf hydrangeas, conefowers, Shasta daisies, lantana, drift roses, morning glories, Russian sage, wisteria, pineapple lilies, sunfowers, creeping jasmine and black-eyed Susans, interspersed with herbs such as tarragon, oregano, thyme, sage and basil. She grows vegetables such as green beans, butternut squash, okra and fennel in raised beds, which reside near beds of strawberries and several blueberry and blackberry bushes. Last spring, she grew tomato plants indoors from seed, which involved planting organic seeds in a seed-starting mix and placing them under fuorescent grow lights to maintain a consistent temperature of 75 to 85 degrees. Seeds need 12 hours of light per day to germinate. "The main The backyard garden in Providence Downs refects a wide variety of plants. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 37 SPRING 2016