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After missing several spring weekends at their country house, a couple found themselves -- and their vegetable and flower gardens -- in the weeds. The remedy? Invite a handful of green-thumbed friends for a productive day of fresh air, weed-pulling, and planting. Their reward? A delicious picnic lunch.
The gardeners, in need of watering, helped themselves to water with fresh lemon and cucumber slices.
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Henrietta and Clementine Dow chipped in to give Dana Gallagher and Steven Miller’s upstate New York garden a makeover.
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Grow, Eat, Repeat
Gallagher and Miller plant nasturtiums next to the sorrel that has thrived ever since Gallagher introduced it to the garden four years ago.
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Ada and Danny
Ada Tolla and Danny Bright work side by side near the garden’s fence.
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A galvanized bucket holds a bunch of garlic, just yanked from the soil.
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Foxgloves, which surround the garden, not only look beautiful but are deer resistant.
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Miller constructed the garden fence from reclaimed wood and other salvaged materials.
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Imogen and Ciro
Imogen Miller and Ciro Bright have the important job of keeping inventory of the garden tools.
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Eat, Plant, Love
Mim Dow plants lettuce.
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Thomasine Dolan Dow pulls up some rhubarb, which was featured in the dessert.
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Ready for Lunch
Gallagher had a stack of plates and a handful of silverware ready and waiting at lunchtime.
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Made in the Shade
The friends take a break during the hottest part of the day to eat lunch.
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