garden chores

July’s Garden

By |2020-07-12T21:22:46+00:00July 12th, 2020|

A shift is happening in the garden with the onset of July. The exuberance of spring is over, and gardeners are left looking at the remains of a pretty good party. Whether your garden looks hungover or not depends on the planting you did in the spring. Let's hope it included some flowering heat survivors [...]

March’s Garden

By |2020-04-16T19:07:15+00:00March 2nd, 2020|

Spring or Winter?  March is of two minds. I understand completely. Although this month marks a significant change in the weather going forward, that change brings with it many tasks for the gardener.  Sometimes we feel up to hitting them hard and sometimes we could use a few more weeks of winter to prepare for [...]

Creation vs. Maintenance: A Balancing Act

By |2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00July 14th, 2017|

One of the most popular talks I've been giving lately deals with maintenance and balancing one’s life with one’s garden – more specifically, not taking on a project that creates six new maintenance projects in the foreseeable hereafter when the lifeboat is already taking on water. And to those watching me bounce around the podium, [...]

When little becomes big – Avoiding the headache.

By |2018-02-20T20:40:47+00:00June 16th, 2017|

  It’s disconcerting to realize your plants are bigger.  A lot bigger. When a tree or shrub finally grips the earth with a committed heart and gets down to the business of seriously growing, the gardener can instinctively feel the change.  And it’s frightening.   This Edgeworthia chrysantha doesn't look like much its second [...]

Let the Cutting Back Begin

By |2018-02-20T20:40:50+00:00April 13th, 2017|

By the beginning of April, seed starting has been featuring heavily on the gardener’s weekend to-do list, claiming what little time we have between catch-up laundry and filing the dreaded 1040.  By the time we finally draw breath and look around at the new life perhaps springing out of hedgerow and front walkway, it has [...]

August’s Garden

By |2019-09-04T21:35:39+00:00January 23rd, 2015|

August is deep summer.  Fireflies are at their peak, and the sun is only just starting to wane.  My water barrels run dry a little more frequently this month - and so does my patience - but when I'm feeling snarky, I can always call my sister in California and hear how she's had to [...]

September’s Garden

By |2019-11-14T16:01:42+00:00January 22nd, 2015|

The best of both worlds is present in the garden during the month of September. There is the last of the summer harvest to be gathered, but with the reddening of dogwoods, and the cooler evenings, we will find it difficult to mutter too loudly under our breaths as we gather it. Now we can [...]