Winter

When you make your own yogurt but don’t milk your own goats: Finding your place in an age of homesteading fanaticism

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00February 26th, 2016|

It’s a running joke amongst our friends that our place is the safe house for any type of future apocalyptic scenario. I’d like to believe that they just want to get together, laugh, drink wine, and discuss the mysticism of Yeats before the zombies descend, but in reality, there’s something about owning your own wheat [...]

‘Easy’ Is a Matter of Perspective

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00February 9th, 2016|

With millions of innovative gardeners on this planet, differences of opinion and horticultural hair-pulling sessions are bound to erupt. Most of us look forward to a little good-natured thrust and parry – particularly in February when we’re all getting tired of endless conversations about how this winter stacks up to the last. Well this [...]

Digging Into Cuttings

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00February 4th, 2016|

Winter is a time for research, and not just of the deeper contents of one’s drinks cabinet. Are there techniques that you’ve been wanting to know a little bit more about? Perhaps you want to familiarize yourself with some of the great garden essayists, or prepare yourself to visit a few of the big name [...]

Notepads and Jackets

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00January 21st, 2016|

Have you been walking through your garden? I hope so. At this time of year we are as clearheaded as we will ever be. Winter may not afford us congenial temperatures, but what it lacks in warmth, it more than makes up for in perspective. Any issues due to poor spacing stand naked before the [...]

Neither an Influencer Nor a Follower Be

By |2018-02-20T20:41:09+00:00January 5th, 2016|

[ed. The following article can also be found stirring up comments at Garden Rant later this week.] Tesselaar’s Blue Storm Agapanthus is worth growing because it’s a high-impact, no-nonsense plant, not because it typifies the 2016 Color of the Year “Serenity” – photo credit: Tesselaar Plants, 2006 Though I enjoy dressing well, I’m [...]

Nature Wants It Back

By |2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00February 6th, 2015|

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 [...]

Friendly Freeloaders

By |2018-02-20T20:41:25+00:00March 1st, 2014|

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 [...]

Stealing a Little Spring

By |2018-02-20T20:41:26+00:00January 24th, 2013|

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, [...]