March 2003

Floral Radiographs

– Posted in: Recommended Links

This has nothing to do with cold climate gardening per se, but should be fascinating to anyone who loves flowers. At Floral Radiographs: The Secret Garden, Albert Richards displays his x-rays, yes, x-rays, of many common flowers. He produces an image both beautiful and fascinating. Now, I saw this same technique in the March 2003 [...]

The Wired Gardener

– Posted in: Book reviews, Recommended Links

I just learned from The Wired Gardener, an email publication of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society put out by Janet Evans, that Larry Hodgson now has a companion volume called Annuals for Every Purpose. Haven't gotten it out of the library yet, but if you're looking for the one, you might as well check out the [...]


– Posted in: Garden chores, Vegetables

Most plants, if they're started indoors, should be started 6-8 weeks before your last frost date. Since our last frost date isn't until the end of the first week of June, 6-8 weeks is about mid-April. Leeks are the earliest thing I start--mostly right now I am doing planning. I'm trying very hard to strike [...]

A Good Book for Beginners

– Posted in: Book reviews

I recently checked Perennials for Every Purpose by Larry Hodgson out of the library. After reading it through, I've decided to promote it to my Recommended for Cold-Climate Beginners list, keeping company with Easy Care Perennials by Patricia Taylor (sadly, out of print) and just nudging Perennial All-Stars by Jeff Cox into third place. What [...]

March is here

– Posted in: Weather

"In like a lion, out like a lamb" was what I was taught in grade school, and back then, when I lived on Long Island and then in the Maryland suburbs, it made sense. Around here, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lion, and, if you're lucky, you get a [...]

Blog Trouble

– Posted in: About this site

From Tuesday to Friday no one could post to this blog or post comments because of troubles I had upgrading Moveable Type. (None of which were MT's fault, I might add.) Obviously things are working again, or I wouldn't be posting. If by some chance you tried to make a comment and got an error [...]