Rosemary Fitzpatrick

  • I have embraced kale. Last growing season I started four plants by directly seeding them into the plot. It was a very long time before I got anything that looked productive. By then I was not all that interested. But this year I set out four strong seedlings, conferred with friends who are believers...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:02pm
  • Slugs? Slugs? What slugs? There aren’t any in this garden. They must be in yours. Or, better yet, the ice sheet of winter past got the best of them.  This is the first time at this site that my garden is not being devoured by these mollusks. I like it. Not only is the garden free of them, but...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:03am
  • Egad! Methinks it has been a whole month since I last talked to you. There is much to be said, put down your gardening tools and have a read. Add a cup to tea to that scenario.  Everything about this gardening season has been interesting. And odd....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:40pm
  • This is proving to be an astounding growing season. The vegetable garden is producing with a single-minded purpose — to fill our freezer.  I have top-dressed (added a thin layer of feeding mulch) once and the plants have responded with gusto. I won’t do this again this season. I am leaving ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:26pm
  • The iris setosa (our native iris) thrives in a very boggy area of the garden. There are even marsh marigolds tucked in among them. Whenever I am mucking around in there I think back to the adult mink that paid a visit to our garden six years ago, and I start to wonder if it, or a relative, is lurkin...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:29pm
  • It is a tad difficult to be upbeat when the majority of the plants in my perennial beds are dead. I will consider this an opportunity. A chance to correct some irksome mistakes. A chance to simplify.  Those gorgeous Black Knight Pacific Giant delphiniums that have been thriving along the railin...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 4:57pm
  • The seedlings have been lingering in the greenhouse longer than intended. Gee, I wonder why ... They are close to root bound and need more space. My Internet connection to Yahoo Weather is overheating (I’m glad something is) and the tentative forecast is for overcast/rain/warmer, just exactly what...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 4:42pm
  • It is cold. Really cold. So as I bundled up and reminded myself that I do indeed live at latitude 59 degrees north and that I have done so for 41 years by choice. Hence, I should not be surprised, or discouraged, or disappointed, or jealous of those gardeners who do not call the Last Frontier home. ...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 2:27pm
  • Editor’s Note: For 20 years Rosemary Fitzpatrick encouraged area gardeners in her column in the Homer News, the Kachemak Gardener. She took a break, but is back this year with one goal in mind: to help you realize your gardening dreams.  ...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:25am

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