October 2007

North Hill Gardens finally has a website

– Posted in: Recommended Links

It's about time! Wayne Winterrowd and Joe Eck, co-authors of A Year at North Hill : Four Seasons in a Vermont Garden and Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill, and individually the authors of several more books and numerous magazine articles, finally have a website showcasing their wonderful garden, North [...]

A blog that makes fungi fun?

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Believe it. Thanks to a tip from Ellis Hollow, I've just discovered the Cornell Mushroom Blog. Although a group effort, it appears to be masterminded by Kathie Hodge, assistant professor of mycology. To give you a sample of their subtle humor, here's an excerpt from their about page: Fungi get a lot of bad press. [...]

Backyard Giants: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews, Vegetables

Having written about arcane gardening topics myself (colchicums, anyone?), I understand the challenge of writing to an audience that is unfamiliar with the jargon and techniques of one's subject, an audience with no emotional investment in the topic at hand. Giant pumpkins are brobdingnagian in size. Their growth rate is astonishing. But neither fact could [...]

Cold Climate Gardening mentioned on Sirius radio

– Posted in: About this site

This photo has nothing to do with the post below. Just thought I'd share the view from my porch today. It's probably at its peak right now and will be gone within a week.Just learned from Jessica Walliser that on tomorrow’s edition of ‘The Organic Gardeners’ they will be talking about ColdClimateGardening.com. Every week they [...]

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: October

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Unseasonably warm autumn Thanks to our unseasonably warm autumn, many of September's flowers are still lingering around. We just had our first frost on Saturday morning (13 Oct 30.4F;-0.8C) and the leaves haven't really turned color yet, and usually by now they are almost all off the trees. Cut back and came back I had [...]

In which I meet garden bloggers in Austin

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Chapter 1 of my Great Adventure First stop on my great adventure was Austin and environs, where I went to visit my friend Cynthia, whom I hadn't seen in 15 years. Cynthia very kindly chauffeured me to the gardens of three of the many Austin bloggers, but she insisted that we take them a dozen [...]

The Urban Compost Tumber

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Readers of this blog know I tend to get absorbed in the details of garden projects. But somehow the making of compost has been immune to such obsessions. To my mind, compost just happens. I don't really give it much thought. It might occur to me in the spring that the piles should really be [...]

Back from the Garden Writers symposium

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

Yes, I'm back from Austin and Oklahoma, busy catching up on my life and thinking about all the people I met, gardens I visited, and things I learned. I received a lot of favorable comments about my presentation and even a few requests to help people for hire--blog coaching. But I really think my fellow [...]