I love to walk the path through our woods. And maintaining them as I walk along them, I feel like I'm gardening in the depths of winter. If you have woods on your property, read how I've created these paths and start some of your own!
There is probably a machine that does what I did today, and does it faster, and maybe even does it better. But I don't know where I would find that machine, and even if I did, I probably wouldn't be able to afford it, not even to rent it. So it doesn't make any difference, except if I had done it with a machine, no one would think I was crazy. But I had a Vision of what I wanted to see come spring, and I was determined.
Our house "was built for a newlywed couple in 1885. The big oak tree in the front yard was planted the year they moved in and the maple tree was also one they planted," according to information provided by the previous owner. I was thinking about this oak tree as I drove home from a [...]
When we first moved here, a bridge across the creek was a fantasy, something that might happen someday if I somehow came into a lot of money. But this year, something changed. Actually, probably a lot of things changed, things inside of me as well as external things. But the proximate cause was my desire [...]
My son Rundy (a former contributor to this website) and his sweetheart Debbie announced their engagement mid-February. They got married on July 16th. I want to share our experiences doing the wedding flowers. (And by "our" I mean several people from both families.) I hope this will help you decide if you want to take [...]
Did you ever get a project about halfway done and then took years to get it finished? Oh, good, I'm glad it's not just me. Two years ago Duluth Trading asked me to participate in a promotion they called A Kick in the Seat of the Pants. The idea was they'd give me some cash [...]
What turns a bunch of plants into a garden? The area pictured above was just a scrubby patch of woods when we moved in. Two trees were removed. (You can see the stump of one of them under the little table.) Then I pulled or cut numerous tree seedlings, and carefully pruned the sapling behind [...]
Duluth Trading gave me a kick in the pants--metaphorically speaking. But they did give me the actual pants. About a month ago I got an email with the subject line Duluth Trading Wants to Give You a Kick in the Pants. I subscribe to their company newsletter, and at first glance I thought this was [...]
The snow is melting, but not fast enough to suit me. I've already taken pictures of where the snow melts first, so I know where to plant my spring-flowering bulbs this fall. In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I realized this lingering snow was the perfect opportunity to outline a new garden [...]
Last weekend the last stage of the front walk project was completed. Every stone had to be leveled and the gaps between stones filled in.That's how my sons did it, at least. A lot of people would use sand for the leveling and joint-filling, but they thought the crushed bluestone would stay put better. They [...]