Forging Ahead.

This is the forecast for the weekend: Ugh. Another 8-12" of snow? Y'all. I cannot with this. Yes, we live in Wisconsin. No, these Spring snows aren't abnormal. Yes, I am pouting. No, you can't tell me to Buck Up. Since Wednesday and today were reasonably nice (for this year, anyway) I decided to go... Continue Reading →

Treading Water.

Not to grouse about the weather once again, but it was 11 F overnight and there is still a reasonably thick blanket of snow over everything but the driveway. It is cold. It is windy. It is only sometimes this sunny. Its also April for sobbing out loud. Its depressing as hell y'all. In any... Continue Reading →

Again.

It looks the same as the last one, but its different. Why? Because this one has more snow. And OF COURSE I've got a shipment of a half dozen apple trees due for delivery on Friday. When the low will be 7 F (-14 C). All this snow will still be here, the ground still... Continue Reading →

April Fool’s.

Oh I'd love to tell you all this is an April Fool's joke, but alas, there are no jokes, only snow. 6 inches to be exact, with another 6 on the way by Tuesday. And to make matters worse, the overnight temp fell to 9 F, which is like, -13 C? Not even the radiator-style... Continue Reading →

Gardens on your Television.

Here's my list of awesome garden & gardening shows to search out on YouTube or whatever other perfectly legal method you have for watching non-United Sates based television. (I'm not going to provide links since there are a number of ways to find these shows and YouTube channels come and go so quickly.) I've watched... Continue Reading →

Purging the Plastics: Trays

Last week, I sorted out a whole bunch of options for starting seeds that don't involve plastic. But those soil cubes and compostable pots have to sit somewhere and, for most of us, that is a flimsy plastic tray built only to keep the water in and not much more. They certainly aren't built to... Continue Reading →

Right Plant, Right Place.

As I'm mentally getting my lists together of the plants I'll need to buy this season, minding the color schemes and heights needed, the things I ought to replace and new things I want to try, I'm always reminded by the voice in my head telling me to Mind the Gap. No, just kidding, its... Continue Reading →

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 →

Shed-storming.

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 →

Thrifty!

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 →

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