Local Fresh, Local Strong, Local Co-op

By | February 19th, 2015|Community, Winter|

I have a clear memory of sitting at my kitchen table four years ago and reading a newspaper article about a small group that was forming to discuss a neighborhood grocery store three miles from my home in Brunswick, MD. My memory is probably so clear because something inside nagged at me to save the [...]

Nature Wants It Back

By | February 6th, 2015|In The Woods, The Garden, Winter|

Brush clearing has been the order of the day for the last few weeks, spurred on by the annual exchange of power tools at Christmas, and a desire for a bit of exercise that doesn't involve a perky Zumba instructor with thighs like a nutcracker. It is an exhilarating job once the blood [...]

Garden Where You Are, Not Where You’re Not

By | January 15th, 2015|Community, Digging Deeply, Spring, Winter|

My first garden, against a wall, in a parking lot next to my tiny apartment. 34 square feet of garden that gave me 34,000 square feet of pleasure. There are problem areas in a garden and then there are problem gardens, period. Poor drainage, terrible views, a neighbor with a security [...]

Barn Coat: Zhivago-style

By | December 4th, 2014|Barnyard, Winter|

Tragic lovers - but at least they were warm tragic lovers. There is nothing attractive about a woman who has utilized every piece of warm clothing in her closet to keep Jack Frost as far as possible from a square inch of bare flesh. Hipster jeans and loose weave sweaters that [...]

Friendly Freeloaders

By | March 1st, 2014|Barnyard, Winter|

Pepper the house cat on a rare foray in the garden. A barn cat is a feral thing. A spitting, skittish ball of fur, happy to lay in the sun but happier when you resist the urge to bend down and pet it. Or at least that's what I imagined. Someone forgot to [...]

Deer: It’s What’s For Dinner

By | January 31st, 2014|Community, Digging Deeply, Edibles, In The Woods, Ornamentals, Winter|

In Montgomery County, Maryland, it is now estimated that the deer population is hovering near 100 head per acre.  It's enough to make decent gardeners tear up their landscaping in despair and put down gravel and plastic flowers. Not that it will work.  A friend of mine in Germantown moved his deciduous hollies [...]

Christmas [Rose] Frenzy

By | December 20th, 2013|Community, Digging Deeply, Ornamentals, Winter|

The little guy who started it all: H. niger 'HGC Jacob' - Photo courtesy of John Willis Photography Three seasons in a garden and we all need a rest, but no sooner had I written the words, "It is finished" in a recent article than I was sent an e-mail from [...]

Stealing a Little Spring

By | January 24th, 2013|Edibles, Ornamentals, Winter|

I'd have a difficult time taking care of my garden if I didn't get out there during the winter months. For the most part, the garden is in a state of suspended animation. There are exceptions of course, but whether they're growing, blooming or trying to set up new headquarters for neighborhood domination, [...]

Let Us Go Then, You and I

By | January 8th, 2013|Ornamentals, Winter|

There is much to be enjoyed right now in the gardening year.  Most of it involves my fireplace and an early Pamela Harper volume, but when I finish my coffee in the mornings and glance outside, I am reminded that it's time to get my boots on and see what's sparkling. [...]

Lighten Up – I’m Trying To Enjoy Myself

By | March 2nd, 2012|Winter|

Listen/Download Article What is the gardener to make of this winter? Shall we rejoice in sweet bursts of sunshine, indulge in temperatures to rival the winter climes of tourist-clogged states? Or shall we crease our foreheads with educated frowns – certain of the impending doom a mild winter will have on flora and fauna conditioned [...]