Rosemary Fitzpatrick

  • W ho would have thought that I would have to spend a chunk of August in Detroit? That’s right, Detroit. Of all places. Detroit. May this never happen to me again. ...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:35am
  • My, but I have been having fun this week. I needed to contact Janice Chumley, the integrated pest management technician at the Cooperative Extension Service office in Soldotna, not once but twice.  And here’s why: I noticed a very white woolly substance on a branch of one of the tatarian hone...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:00am
  • Jade the Dog hunts red-backed voles in the perennial beds. Mayhem. Destruction. Fewer red-backed voles.      What a trade-off.  The vegetable garden is interesting this season. I thought this wonderful weather would be the answer to my ambitions. But “things” are strange. The...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:28am
  • It’s the best: three “grands” old enough to entrust with scissors and willing to go forth and cut slugs in half. This is akin to a dream come true. ...

    Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:25am
  • I met a soon-to-be retired couple this afternoon. They are moving to Homer from Anchorage and building a new house. And one of the big questions is “how much garden?” She has a practical nature and recognizes that regenerating the disturbed soil will be a challenge. The consideration of str...

    Thu, 06/25/2015 - 8:53am
  • Yikes. I was in Bellingham for six days.  I thought that six days wouldn’t be significant. That my garden wouldn’t miss me. Wrong.  People, you need to do mindful watering. You need to look at your plants. You need to assess their needs. You need to THINK. ...

    Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00am
  • I’ve been fussing around with the delphiniums. Now is the time to stake these beauties, now — before they bloom and the wind tears into them and they topple into a soggy heap, all that gorgeousness for naught. Don’t let this happen to yours. ...

    Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:32am
  • Busy. This is the point in the gardening season that so much happens at once. We have had a long spring, very unusual, and the extra days have been a boon to say the least. Nevertheless, there is much to be done. For those of you with a career and/or families now is the time to pick your battles. Pr...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:59am
  • O, the wonder of bulbs. Over the years I have been reluctant to invest in them. There are too many variables that can lead to failure. Voles eating them and rain rotting them are a couple that pop into mind.  Thus, I have avoided them, until recently. Over the past few years I have been incline...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:28pm
  • It WILL snow. Do not fear it. Our environment needs water and snow is one way to get it. However much we get won’t last long. Think of it as adding nitrogen to the soil. Think of it as a plus. Or don’t think about it at all.  The greenhouse is providing sufficient shelter for the tomatoes, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:02pm

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