Think Spring

The sign outside a shop said, "Think Spring," and I've been trying, by writing out a seed order and starting a garden to-do list. But my vanity took a hit when this week

March 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Recommended: Doug Green’s garden newsletter

I learned about Doug when I bought a book on cold-climate rose growing, and now I look forward to his very personal and amusing newsletters, which come every Saturday morning (most impressive!) except for a brief hiatus now. If you garden anywhere but at the equator, I'm sure you'll find good ideas in Doug's books and articles, and enjoy his good humor. Here are some articles at that caught my eye this morning: Frugal Gardening

November 23rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Food for body and soul

I was doing a little weeding today and under the cauliflowers found a lot of reddish plants that I realized were young amaranth plants, small because they're shaded by the cauli leaves. I count on the amaranth to reseed itself every year. It grows to six feet and has strange dangling furry red flowers and looks quite weird and wonderful with the sunflowers (which also seed themselves). But when I saw all those small plants massed in the shade it struck me how much like Swiss chard they look. I [...]

July 22nd, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Sea to shining sea

Second day of spring garden clean-up. I found this a surprising activity when I moved to New England: raking in the springtime? But now I am an old-timer and know that the tide of winter recedes here slowly and leaving much debris behind. Branches and leaves, mostly, but also clumps of sod, thrown up by snow plows, and gravel drifts. Tom, home from college for two weeks, has become a gardener, and Rachel is full of enthusiasm for seed planting. We were all out this weekend raking and scraping, filling [...]

March 26th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

First flowers

I followed one of our cats, Jelly, outside this morning. There's almost no snow left, and we've all been talking about spring this week because it's been so warm (it's going to be painful when winter comes back). I bent to pick up a plastic wrapper from my sunny border, which faces east, and saw the first flowers of the year: lovely tiny bright yellow winter aconite. These grow from bulbs and spread profusely in milder climates, even in nearby New York State. But mine survive and bloom every year, [...]

February 18th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |