October 2002

Paths: The beginning of a garden

– Posted in: Design

I'm so psyched! Rundy finally started mowing a trail through the secret garden with the DR Brush Mower. It has been my dream for years to have walking trails through our acreage and it's finally coming true. Ever since I walked the paths in my Grandma LaFemina's Long Island yard, and followed my Uncle Jimmy [...]

The first snow

– Posted in: Meditations

We are supposed to get our first snow of the season tonight and tomorrow morning with accumulations of an inch or more in the higher elevations, which is where I am. The first snow always evokes a lot of conflicting feelings in me. I have to face up to the fact that I am not [...]

Planting prima donna peonies

– Posted in: How-to, Peonies, Plant info

The peonies from Reath's came on Monday the 7th, but because of various commitments I couldn't plant them until Thursday. They came wrapped in plastic with wood shavings to keep them damp, and then the whole shebang was packed in straw or hay--the first time I ever saw that used as a shipping material. I [...]

Prepare ye for frost

– Posted in: How-to

You were smart to bring them in. You don't want the roots to freeze. Once they are in the ground, I would try to protect the tops for about a week to let them settle in. (The traditional vegetable garden protection is bed sheets from the house. You could also use the pot they just [...]

Planting perennials in autumn

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

What's up with perennials? I brought them in because of frost warnings. Are they okay if I put them in the ground today? I think I am going to turn my cornfield into a giant nursery bed and just put stuff in the ground. When can I move stuff? Can I move them until the [...]

Color for Adventurous Gardeners: Book review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Design

Recently I've been reading Color for Adventurous Gardeners By Christopher Lloyd. As usual I enjoyed his writing, mostly because he is such a "cranky" writer--highly opinionated and not very diplomatic about it. Also, as usual, 85% of the plants he writes about aren't hardy enough to grow in my garden. But, no matter, he's always [...]

Measuring the First Frost

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Had our first frost last night, which for around here, was later than usual. I don't know exactly how cold it got last night, but I wish I did. I've been looking at digital max-min thermometers, especially the wireless ones, for a while now, but the price keeps me from indulging. It always comes back [...]

My Hortico order came

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

My Hortico order came, and the shipping was one hundred thirty dollars. Ouch. There were a few substitutions and backorders, but everything seemed in good order. I could have saved close to three hundred dollars not including gas and tolls if I drove there to pick it up, due mostly to the shipping charges and [...]