• Those of you who grow apples have scoffed at my columnar apple tree. It has been said that it isn’t a “real” apple tree. But, in my defense, it has served a purpose: I have been able to say, yes, I have an apple tree. The fact is that I don’t want an apple tree. The only thing I like about ...

    Wed, 10/12/2016 - 2:06pm
  • A magnolia in bloom right here at latitude 59 degrees 39 minutes north. Now that’s something to write home about. Well-known Homer gardener Shirley Forquer can do just that. She acquired her plant 12 or 15 years ago in Port Townsend, Wash., gave it a home and then forgot about it, more or less. Th...

    Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:24pm
  • I went to a friends garden this week because she is frustrated with what she has going on. I truly think being overwhelmed by your garden is one of the main reasons people give up.   But this friend is ready to dig in (literally) and get things under control. She has very specific needs from he...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 1:41pm
  • Where to start? The last two weeks have been so full, so interesting, so busy. And all of this in the garden. I can’t imagine life without it. So this column will be a bit disjointed, stick with it and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting and, hopefully, useful....

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Warm temperatures and just enough rain. What gardener could ask for more? The garden has resoundingly responded. Lush. Productive. Gorgeous. In the 44 years I’ve lived in Alaska I’ve never had a garden like this. I will hold the memory of this growing season close to my heart because who knows w...

    Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:53pm
  • Just when I think the entire world is going to hell I make an excellent discovery: a neighbor with a vegetable garden that is exactly four feet square. Think about that for a moment, go ahead, take two. Here is a semi-retired couple who have never gardened and buy the book on square foot gardening ...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:47pm
  • We all think about how we can make the most of our time. So there I was, considering the seed pods rapidly developing on the multitudes of columbine (which are having an excellent season), knowing in my heart of hearts that I really really needed to go out there and deadhead. Want more blooms? Deadh...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:55pm
  • I talk too much. Three times this past week I have invited interested gardeners over to look at this creation. Now, I said “interested” and they are but when I start going into way too much detail and their eyes glaze over I should take the hint. Live and learn. Plus, I don’t have time to go i...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 9:36am
  • T here is more than meets the eye in a garden. Liz Johnson and I shared many a pot of tea on dark winter days as we poured over seed catalogs. We shared responsibility for the Garden Clubs’ “Car Wash Garden” for eons. That was an effort that sucked up more of our time and effort than a hanging...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 8:51am
  • Please, don’t let Al Gore know how much I’m loving this March and April. I feel like I should be wearing a hair shirt and walking on my knees to atone for my delight. I’ve often said that if you don’t want nine months of winter/almost winter than you shouldn’t live here. You want fruit tre...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:41am

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