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Behnke’s Would Like to Welcome Jessica Crawford to our Garden Blog

We are excited about some new writers for our Garden Blog since our wonderful Susan Harris has semi-retired (no worries, you will still hear from Susan from time to time).  I have known Jessica since she was a little girl, and her mother would bring her to our wholesale nursery while she shopped for her landscape company. I think everyone will enjoy Jessica’s fun-loving out look on gardening.  We will also have  postings coming soon from our favorite florist, Evelyn Kinville. 

Enjoy! Stephanie Fleming

Jessica-CrawfordHello All!  Thank you for welcoming me to the Behnke’s Garden Blog.  My name is Jessica Crawford and I have long since come to terms with the fact that I am addicted to my garden.  Mostly my fruits and vegetables but I am also serious about my flower gardens.

This addiction has also lead me to many other mini and not-so-mini addictions; jamming, canning and preserving, cooking and  experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen, foraging, crafting with things found in my own back yard or nature, re-purposing and up-cycling, bargain hunting, scouring yard sales for hidden gems, and simplicity and frugality in my everyday life.

It all started as far back as my memory can retrieve.  Born to two horticulturists, I think it was just destined to be in my blood.  I have vivid memories of trucking around my parent’s yard and gardens in a pair of garden wellies and coveralls, sweaty and covered in dirt, helping to water the plants, check on the veggie patch or plant annuals.  In terms of the canning, my maternal grandmother started that fire for me.  We started canning together when I was very young.


My grandparents own a 60 acre farm in Southern England where I would spend every Summer as a child.  I remember picking gooseberries and currants with my Grammie, cleaning them up, boiling them down and straining them through a pillowcase suspended from the ceiling, specially reserved for jelly making.  Then waking up early in the morning to finish the jelly.  We still exchange canning recipes.


Now, my husband and I live in an 1880’s farmhouse which we have committed ourselves to renovating for the next 20 years.  We have a vivacious and adventurous two-year-old son named Grayson who already thrives outside in the fresh air.  Our hopes for the future are to have a mini homestead where we can focus on self-sufficiency, teaching our son about growing your own food, have a little plot of land and a handful of animals.

Currently I work part time as a Landscape Design Assistant.  I’ve always felt that my passions have been a contribution to our family by putting a little money back in our pockets by putting our own food on the table. As we grow and evolve in our adventure, I hope you enjoy the journey right alongside us.  I am greatly looking forward to sharing snapshots of our lives with you!

Posted by: Behnke’s Guest Blogger – Jessica Crawford

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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  1. Hi Jessica
    What a super blog, – Margaret (Grammie) told me about it
    so I had a peep – really proud of you – you are a star
    What super ideas and crafts, –
    lots of love and hugs as always
    Aunty Evelyn and Uncle Billy

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