February 2005

Review of A Year at North Hill

– Posted in: Book reviews, From my files

Since I'm trying to not overdo it in the typing department, I thought I'd dig through my files and serve up some of my earlier writing. In 1995 I had the opportunity to review A Year at North Hill for Fine Gardening magazine. This is not that review, which was published in the November 1995 [...]


– Posted in: Acquisitions, Seeds and Seed Starting

Only I'm still trying to figure out whether I feel like I've betrayed Johnny's or that Johnny's has betrayed me. One way or the other, one of us has been betrayed. I'm ordering most of my seeds from a different company this year!!! Aren't you shocked? I'm shocked. I always order from Johnny's. Teman has [...]

My Confession.

– Posted in: Uncategorized

Well, Ro confessed, so here's my confession, too. Except mine's quite different. I don't really like seed shopping! I consider it a chore. A necessary chore, but a chore nonetheless. So I tend to procrastinate, and put it off, often for longer than I ought. I know this, and I guess in the back of [...]

The Agony and the Ecstasy

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting

Okay, so I peeked. I opened up a catalog. Then another, and another, and another. It became obvious that I was spending too much time looking at catalogs, so I began hiding them in the bathroom and feigning stomach viruses. I began to feel dirty and shameful, but I couldn't stop. Then, the list making [...]

Yup, another gardening blog

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Don Bolin emailed today to inform me of An Iowa Garden, his not-quite-two-week-old gardening blog. He claims he started it "mainly to use my new digital camera," and he takes some pretty good pictures. His very first post is an awesome photo of a snowdrop, one of the most dramatic I've ever seen. (Yeah, he's [...]

Talking Dirty reborn

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Once upon a time, there was a blog called Talking Dirty. It still exists, as a matter of fact, but it's no longer being updated. Instead, Tamara has started a new blog called Can You Dig It? The design is certainly leaner and cleaner, and the content, at least, as much as I've read, is [...]

How this blog came to be

– Posted in: About this site

I've been spending my time tweaking the design of this website, and I was working on the page that has all the garden blog links. A lot of those blogs are no longer active. A few have moved to new addresses. And a few are alive and kicking, but I never read them because they [...]