I've got to tell you, the last episode of Gardener's World we watched had Monty talking about his wildlife pond and how they had just moved it and that everyone ought to be patient when they put one in. Something about giving it a year for animals to move in. Ha! I exclaimed at the… Continue reading Pond Residents & Visitors.
I was reading Margaret Roach's interview with Bill Noble about designing gardens that feel rooted to its particular geographical space. I always find this concept interesting and, frankly, appealing but its been an idea I struggle with recommending. How's that for non-sensical? Let me make it clearer- or at least try! You see about a… Continue reading Garden Design Rules: Necessary or Joy Killers? The Debate Continues…
Apologies for my absence... we've had a lot going on recently and we've been away/busy/otherwise engaged leaving time for gardening, but little time for blogging about it. In any event, while it is only mid-June, there have already been plenty of new lessons to be learned so I'll share them with you. If at first… Continue reading This Year’s Garden Lessons (so far…).
No seriously, instead of just talking about it and sketching ideas, we actually built it. Obviously this idea and plan has been gestating for a long while, we went back and forth on the location, the shape, the depth- all of it. But we settled on the swale as the best location and, in a… Continue reading The Wildlife Pond. We did it!
So, you are off to the nursery to buy yourself some veggies and/or flowers. Huzzah! Support that local nursery if you can (I'm not at all convinced the plants at big box stores get the same sort of love as they do at a nursery, but I've absolutely bought plants there, so you know, go… Continue reading What to Look for at the Nursery.
There have been, in my experience, a number of gardening lessons that I had to learn the hard way. Not that someone didn't mention it somewhere, just that if it was mentioned either my hubris or their lack of emphasis meant it didn't lodge in my brain. I'm going to share those things with you… Continue reading The Things They Don’t Tell You About Growing Vegetables.
It’s been a bit of an off week here. Our bebe cat Frodo got injured/sick on Sunday and that kicked off a week of worry, trips to the vet, coddling, more worrying, and ultimately a heartbreaking goodbye. Everyone in the house, from human to cat to dog is feeling the loss and adjusting to the… Continue reading Of Loss and Love.
I have a soft spot for heritage and lost (and obscure) apples. I also find the stories of these long-forgotten plants and varieties to be impossibly romantic. The folks who seek them out, scour the history books, and put name to apple are poet-pirates, hunting valleys and ancient maps to find trees planted so many… Continue reading Lost & Found Apples.
This past Saturday a package arrived on the doorstep. It was the 27 bare root shrubs I ordered back in December!?!? I knew they were coming, but somehow lost sight of when. I was thankful they at least had the decency to show up on a weekend (with halfway decent weather to boot)! The first… Continue reading Installing the Hedgerow.
Alright Team, time to talk little logistics that make a big difference in the garden. I’m talking about the seemingly insignificant or weird stuff that you need to know to ensure Zen-like energy through the growing season. Ready? 1. Don’t use Sharpies on your plant labels unless they are made of wood. Use pencil or… Continue reading My Best Gardening Tips and Tricks.
A few weeks ago (mid-March) we took advantage of the drier conditions and perfect winds to burn a few sections of our prairie. Its something we'd been planning for and looking forward to since last fall. We knew, once we decided we wanted areas of tall-grass on our property, that we'd have to manage it… Continue reading Burning.
I shall proffer, firstly, my definition of the Midwest for this post's purposes: Wisconsin, Minnesota, both Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, northern Illinois, and... bear with me... Montana, Wyoming, and northern Colorado. Now, if you'll indulge this tangent, I'd never consider (as a lifelong Midwesterner) anything west of the Missouri River to be the Midwest. But as… Continue reading Growing Vegetables in the Midwest.
Oh Mother Nature, you sneaky fiend! I'm not sure how to interpret this latest bit of tomfoolery- it feels rather spiteful what with everything else going on in the world. Then again, maybe it is just a distraction to give our minds something else to fret over for a day or two. Who knows, but… Continue reading Not so fast!
I'm sure most of the world is scraping the bottom of their usual well of content, so I thought I'd toss out some of my favorite content in case it is something that will help y'all pass the time. Sharing is caring! Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com THINGS TO WATCH:A Year at Kew (YouTube)-… Continue reading Quarantine Content
As I live and breathe... I just popped over to Baker Creek Seeds and found 75% (maybe more?) of their stock out. Seed Savers Exchange isn't even taking new orders because demand has been so high. My UK supplier isn't taking orders either. I had heard that people were hoarding seeds, but I didn't really… Continue reading Seed Hoarders?
I'll happily leave this post mostly free from text. The few crocuses we have are starting to bloom, this white one is the first of the year and its presence is more appreciated than it will ever know. Next in line. A visitor, as happy about the sunshine as we are. I've got a few… Continue reading And so it begins.
Oh man you guys. I've written a half dozen blog posts that couldn't bear to publish. Some are anxious, some annoyed, some blithely defiant. None of them felt right and all of them went in the bin. Turns out I don't know what to say or how to say what I'm thinking about all this… Continue reading Forward.
I'll keep this brief as we are, given the considerably damp weather and forecast, undertaking a not-small home reno project in the hours after work (I'm "essential", so no shelter in place or WFH for me during the work week) so time is short for things like writing! I've got a handful of coworkers that… Continue reading Recommendations.
Not the blog! Just daily life. I'm so thankful that Spring is in progress here, for the mental relief and physical tasks that working outside provides is exactly the balm and reset I have needed. I'm sure some of you know that I work in a hospital laboratory. We are not on the front lines… Continue reading Refocusing.
About 3 years ago, when we first started the main garden space and had the limestone slabs put in, we planted a Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn in the center of it. It was the perfect combination of size and features and I was sure, after much research, that it would be perfect for this space. I… Continue reading Rusty Hawthorn.