Garden

  • 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
  • I  have given March the lions share of my thinking this winter. March does not agree with me. Not ever. But I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could make it work in my favor.  I could find a way to burn through it. So I looked up from the end of my nose to see what I could see and lo, the...

    Thu, 03/26/2015 - 8:27am
  • “... and o, the winds do blow. ...” Cold winds. Single digits for the next five days or so. Who knows?  I have been coaching my plants: “Don’t listen to the varied thrush. They’re early. Don’t you follow suit. Hang on. Wait. Patience. Survive. Pleasepleaseplease ...” ...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:20am
  • The very best aspect of procreation are the ensuing grandchildren. Cecilia, our 9-year-old granddaughter, has recently moved from Hidden Hills to part way up East Hill. She has been studying the lay of the land at their new house. Plotting a vegetable garden. Thinking about hanging baskets and conta...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:10pm
  • Update: This article has been updated with a note at the end of the article noting that tilapia fish are illegal to grow in Alaska. In midwinter when Homer seems gray and gloomy, the prospect of fresh vegetables at the Homer Farmers Market can’t come soon enough. Two growers experimenting with aq...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:55pm
  • So there I am, fussing around in the west garden and I get buzzed by a hummingbird. This is October. Granted, we had a family of four in residence all summer. I think there may be a nest to be seen when the leaves are gone.  Little is known about the migratory habits of hummingbirds, but Alaska...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:24am
  • I just finished a charming book: “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life” by Marta McDowell. The second half gave me food for thought. It went into detail about her garden, the quintessential cottage garden that England is known for and many of us strive to achieve. With the moon near full, I found m...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:23pm
  • The strawberries are setting fruit — again. I really am impressed by the quantity of berries that John harvested from our two beds. We haven’t had strawberries the likes of this in many years. So I had to ask him the obvious: “Are you man enough to keep picking berries?” ...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:54pm
  • Yet another oddly gorgeous day. Who needs any more studies on climate change — just ask a gardener.  It started to drizzle while I was wrapping up the gardening this afternoon and it was WARM drizzle, not cold. I did not seek shelter, I just carried on. Interesting. ...

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:12pm
  • Hold this growing season close to your heart. Treat it like a treasure to be taken from its cache in the depths of January and lovingly remembered. This is truly a glorious summer.  That said, the slugs are here. I have long resisted the wholesale killing of these mollusks; after all I have cre...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:49pm

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