The link to the Hort. conference in Idaho is dysfunctional now. Fitting for a state that schedules its Nursery Association conference in January every year. Would you drive nearly 500 miles over icy mountain roads to sit in meetings for a week? Neither would I. Luckily, there was a nice sustainable ag conference much nearer [...]
Any gardener who hasn't read Thoreau's book Faith in a Seed should hie her/himself to the library. It is one of those read a bit, think a bit, read some more books, and now is the time to read it. I'm in the thick of seed sowing now, trying to keep up with my schedule [...]
It is now 50+ degrees warmer than it was a few days ago and the snow is cannonading off the roof like thunder. Finally relinquishing its hold on the trees, it is dropping off in showery gusts. This is a relief as a crystal thaw has been forecast. Trees heavy with snow, then coated with [...]
I use a database to keep track of seed varieties, germination requirements, methods, problems etc. At somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 to 500 items sown per season, the database is a lifesaver. Bookish Gardener, show this to your husband and he can relax some! I started keeping the list to keep me from ordering [...]
Seed catalogs are terribly hard to resist, I know. Lynda and I refer to ourselves sometimes as the 'co-dependant gardening society' for our excessive plant habits. I over-extended myself and the gardens last year (last several years!) by sowing/growing too many things. One of the things that went by the wayside was flowers just for [...]
My poor rosemary got frozen pretty good up one side this week--too near the glass on the porch. The others wintering over look ok and two of the English violets look like they may be alive. The lemon tree has a nearly ripe fruit, for Heavens' sake. It was -20F this morning and the front [...]
I always laugh when I read those articles: "Color in your winter garden". That would be . . .white. And really, all the plants need to be tall. Otherwise they look exactly like the hayfield, which is developing pressure ridges from drifting. One lovely thing about winter in the north is that there is no [...]
The weather has relented a bit for last-minute chores (and last-minute gardeners).
This time of the year ushers in the beginning of my reading season. The daylight is less to be outside in, the chores are (supposedly) winding down, and the gardening books at the library are all checked in. 'Regular' gardeners are turning their attention to other topics so I find books I didn't know the [...]
I have said before that the tractor may be my favorite gardening tool. I have many others, often not originally for gardening.