Summer

Nursery Spotlight: Brews and Blooms at Thanksgiving Farms

By | 2018-06-15T15:15:37+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Shopping for plants is good.  Shopping for heirloom vegetables is even better.  But when you combine those plants and veggies with a hand-crafted beer, then add a band, a food truck and a lot of loungeable patio furniture on a weekend in the summer, you have the makings of Heaven on earth. That’s the vibe [...]

Portrait of a Weed: Japanese Stilt Grass

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 October 4th, 2017|

Usually, a couple of hours outside on my hands and knees is all it takes to get the wheels of the mind careening toward a publishable, if highly editable, product.  This week, it took ten minutes.     Ten minutes of repetitive grasping, pulling and tossing massive wads of reddening Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) [...]

Should You Plan (and Plant) a Cutting Garden?

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 September 29th, 2017|

I have a friend who has always considered a weekly bouquet of fresh flowers a necessity.  She is French however, and they are presumably taught such things at their chic mothers’ beautifully sculpted knees. For years I have secretly admired her resolute stance on the subject, but as the daughter of an English father and [...]

Preserving the Harvest or Preserving My Sanity?

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

I have been in and out of canning jars for three days now, trying in turns to preserve the harvest, fulfil my writing deadlines, manage my family’s outrageous expectations of motherhood, and to do all of this without losing my ever-living mind. Oh, and there’s something else…What was it?….Ah yes.  The garden.  I actually have [...]

Order Bulbs for The Spring Garden (Before Everyone Else Has)

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

Few things motivate a gardener the way that getting a plant ahead of another gardener does;  and by the end of August we need motivation more than we need food and water. To that end, I would like to draw your attention to the random assortment of bulb catalogs that started showing up two months [...]

Facing, and Enjoying, The Garden in August

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Where do you and your garden stand right now?  Let me take a wild guess. The spring flush of puppy love is gone, obviously.  That was so yesterday. I’m betting your excitement over a summer romance is also over. These things never last. In fact, with the first volunteer pumpkins ripening on the compost pile, [...]

Every Garden Has Its Weakness: Here’s Mine.

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 18th, 2017|

For all the successes I have had with our new garden at Oldmeadow, there are parts of this space that defy any attempts to create beauty.  They are so awkward, so large, so weedy and so uninspiring that had I ten times the budget I am not certain I could solve them, unless that budget [...]

Gardens Bring Buffalo Back to Life: A Story of Urban Renewal

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

Are you struggling with the neighborhood in which you live?  Are the 'cons' besting the 'pros' no matter how long you make that list?  Are promises of 'urban renewal' by elected officials merely promises, or worse, unsophisticated attempts lacking vision and funding?  Most importantly, are you unable or unwilling to move? Maybe you have more [...]

There’s Still Time to Plant for Summer!

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

This week I have been clearing a couple of my raised vegetable beds of cabbage, garlic, shallots and ancient pea vines to make room for a few last chance direct sowings of carrots, turnips, chard, beets, beans and squash.  Some might term this a fall sowing, but mentally I’m not quite there yet, preferring instead [...]