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Growing Greens in Winter

Growing Greens in Winter

Winter can be a tough time for a gardener. Don’t get me wrong: I do love winter, the snowshoeing and skiing and baking and catching up on all the things I don’t have time for in summer because I’m outside all the time. But the […]

Save Time In Spring: 3 Garden Tasks You Can Do Right Now

Save Time In Spring: 3 Garden Tasks You Can Do Right Now

Spring is finally here, and I can’t wait to get out in the garden and get may hands in the dirt…but wait, there are the rotting remains of last year’s vines, and the weeds… Don’t let this happen to you! There are a few things […]

Who Needs Vegetables When There Are Flowers?

Who Needs Vegetables When There Are Flowers?

It’s late summer. Weeds are abundant and thriving in my vegetable garden. The intended vegetable plants have not been so lucky; the ones that survived the temporary indulgence of the chickens are now in danger of being choked out by weeds. It’s been a busy […]

First Fireworks of Spring 

First Fireworks of Spring 

The lovely blue bachelors buttons are in full bloom, and they look like mini fireworks popping up amongst the lily leaves! There are still a couple of weeks yet until summer. Never mind that we’ve had the wood stove burning almost every day of June […]

Moving up day: into the cold room

Moving up day: into the cold room

One month after seeding, the baby vegetable plants are ready to move up. Also, the wood furnace is out for the warming season, so the basement is no longer toasty warm. This means no more cozy nursery room for the seedlings. But it’s a timely […]

A Day For Planting Potatoes

A Day For Planting Potatoes

Potatoes went in the ground today.  It was the first genuinely spring-like day, and perfect for planting potatoes. Three varieties went in this year: Dark Red Norland, an early red potato for a summer treat; Reba, a storage variety touted for its disease resistance; and […]

Leaves In, Compost Out: How to Make Autumn Leaves Work For You

Leaves In, Compost Out: How to Make Autumn Leaves Work For You

Maple, birch and pine trees surround our house and garden, and in the fall, drop a beautiful layer of crisp leaves and soft needles on the ground. They crunch when you walk, and the kids love raking loose piles and jumping in them. After the first […]

Windowsill basil

Basil, that favorite kitchen herb and essential tomato companion, can be easily grown close at hand. Why limit yourself to dry flakes when you can have the freshest, most aromatic leaves? You can bring the garden right into the kitchen! I’ve been growing basil on […]