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Growing on the High Plains: Down the Primrose Path

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Any High Plains gardener who tends an ever-shifting landscape and seasonal plots is intimately acquainted with the cycle of new life, harvest, and rebirth. Among the flora and vegetation, many like to adorn the space with stone structures, weatherproof trinkets, assorted doo-dads, and treasured tchotchkes that make it our own. Today on Growing on the High Plains, we’ll delve into a more functional embellishment: garden paths. Whether it’s for function or fashion, having a paved, mulched, gravel, or cobblestone path can be a charming addition to your growing site.  (However, beware of primrose, as it’s not quite what it seems.)

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.