Garden

  • 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
  • The mere mention of Impressionist painter Claude Monet brings forth, in many minds, stunningly beautiful pieces of art that capture the colors, textures, emotions, even the fragrances, which emanated from his exquisite gardens. “My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” he said. ...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 9:25am
  • 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
  • T his gardening season is off and running. Here at elevation 396 feet, I have the entire vegetable garden planted; all of the annuals have found homes; perennials are divided; and everything is looking hale and hardy. There, whew....

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:39am
  • 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

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