Friday Favorites

I'm going to use these posts to share stuff I love. It won't all be gardening, but let's be honest: most of it will be. They might not be weekly either, I don't want to drown you all in posts if I don't have something worthwhile to share... Onward!       If you can... Continue Reading →

Who do you trust?

One of the things I found most frustrating when I started gardening is that there was SO MUCH conflicting information out there regarding plants, amendments, methods... everything. I'm a scientist by trade, so I'm used to less folk-lore, less "My Pappy did it this way and it works! I swear!", less bizarre DIY methods (I'm... Continue Reading →

British Gardening on Netflix!

Hey y'all! Just wanted to share the news that both Big Dreams, Small Spaces with Monty Don (Season 1 only) and Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh (Season 1 only) are now on Netflix! Woo hoo! These are both great shows (though not as great as Gardener's World) but still quality gardening programming that puts... Continue Reading →

Putting on a better show.

I'll admit to being the kind of gardener that isn't overly concerned with having chock-a-block blooms all season long. I'm more than happy with the ebb and flow of blooms throughout the season. When you pair that with the natural inclination of plants that are happiest in our soils to bloom more in July and... Continue Reading →

Not Quite Hardy.

I don't know about you, lovely readers, but I really struggle with those half hardy perennials that (seemingly) the rest of the gardening world are all too delighted to repot every spring and dig up every fall. Cannas. Gladiolus. Crocosmia. Dahlias. You know the like- spectacular flowers and foliage. Showy displays. Good in the ground... Continue Reading →

Two Steps Forward…

Happily, we are on the thawing side of the coin for the time being. (What with poor Great Britain and Europe on the holy snowstorm side.) I call this time of year Two Steps Forward, One Step Back. We will get a span of warmish weather (40 degrees F) where everything starts melting (into slushy,... Continue Reading →

Apples & Orchards.

When we moved into this place, we knew we wanted to get some apple trees in straight away. 3 years is a long time to wait for fruit and we didn't want to make the wait any longer. That was 2014, we bought three varieties at a local tree farm- McIntosh, Wealthy, Cortland and planted... Continue Reading →

February Sucks.

Well, I'm looking out the window by my computer as the first flakes of the predicted 18" of snow start falling. You can't possibly expect me to be polite about it. I've done all the planning I can stand. The last seed order I placed was perfunctory and totally lacking the thrill of previous orders.... Continue Reading →


Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of the things I love about winter (there aren't many, it is a very short list!) is that it gives me a full 4 months for research, marinating, and general idea rumination. This is both a blessing and a curse, but at the end of the day I think... Continue Reading →


Follow my blog with Bloglovin Parenthetical note here: My default setting is to start a good deal of sentences with "so". Monty Don- who is a great writer- mentioned that this was an obnoxious writing habit on Twitter and now its all I hear when I type in S, then O at the start of... Continue Reading →

The Herb Potager.

Bet you can't guess which area I'm talking about! Sometimes, I find, it takes a while to come up with a suitable plan for an open space. And by 'a while' I usually mean something close to 15-18 months. At that rate, we should be done in about another 25 years? But in all honesty,... Continue Reading →

My Sources for Plants and Seeds.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Here are the sources I swear by for plants and seeds. We all have our favorites and I would really love to hear about yours in the comments! Local(ish) : Gerten's. Minneapolis, MN. It calls itself a "destination garden center" with good reason. TONS and tons of varieties and sizes... Continue Reading →

Horticultural Snobbery.

Listen, I'm all for putting your judgy pants on and going to town. We all have opinions and we love letting them fly. Maude knows I do- and I like to think I'm rather good at it. I've got really good judgy pants. However. There is a certain brand of Horticultural Snobbery (TM) that just... Continue Reading →

Winter Garden.

I'd love to wax poetic about the many phases of our garden and how uniquely beautiful they are dusted in frost and peeking out from a blanket of snow. But honestly, at this point in the year, I just cannot. Because it just is not true. Everything within 5 feet of the driveway is ass... Continue Reading →

Favorite Tools- 2018.

This isn't Oprah. There is no free swag under your chair. I'm truly sorry about that. But you are going to get a list of the things I can't be without in the garden. That's just as good, right? Anyway. Not a single thing on this list is sponsored or was given to me (other... Continue Reading →


Just a wee not to mention that some of the photo formatting is a bit wonky in the first few posts. They were migrated over from another site to there are a few duplicate photos that just don't want to leave the party. Please excuse these technical mishaps and I promise not to do it... Continue Reading →

The Main Garden.

This garden is honking and huge and it clocks in right around 4600 square feet. This is more than twice the size of my first house. I wish I could blog with emojis because I feel like an emoji would serve us all better right now. The right half in the picture above is the... Continue Reading →

Making Plans for 2018.

So this year was to be the year of no new projects. Which then became the year of no new *big* projects. Which is now the year of a whole bunch of random small-ish projects. Our resolve is astounding, don't you think? Anyway, here's what's on deck for the coming year: The dead space between... Continue Reading →

The Veg Garden

The Veg garden is one space made up of 9 separate beds. There are four 4'x4' beds that are home to our rhubarb, asparagus, blueberries, and garlic. There are four 6'x12' beds that hold the bulk of the veg we grow and three of the four rotate yearly (because I try hard to follow rotational... Continue Reading →

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