Two tools I got this year really saved my bacon. They just made the job at hand so much easier, and a couple of projects I thought were going to take weeks only took a few days. Oh, yeah, and I managed to get an amaryllis to rebloom for Christmas.
If you want to enjoy those last days of gardening before the soil either freezes over or gets buried in snow, you need to have "adequate clothing"--clothing you might not immediately think of as gardening duds. Read on to learn what I wear when the weather is bad--I mean, challenging.
I'm not going to pretend that you have a dozen gardeners in your life that you need to get gifts for. We all know these "gift guides" are to help your non-gardening loved ones know what to get you, and since they're not gardeners they're not reading this blog, are they? So you need to [...]
While we're on the subject of gifts--you may remember that I visited P. Allen's Moss Mountain Farm back in May. One of the things I shared with you was this quirky bud vase pictured above, currently displaying autumn-blooming Crocus speciosus. Well, you don't have to visit Moss Mountain Farm to shop at the gift shop [...]
Should gardeners wear jewelry? Not while they're gardening. Not if they're smart. At least, they shouldn't wear dangly trinkets that could get caught while the gardener is leaning over weeding, pruning, or digging. But of course, there are plenty of other times when wearing jewelry is perfectly acceptable, such as garden club meetings, plant swaps, [...]
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 [...]
The last time you went shopping for a garden hose, were you bewildered by all the choices? Did you wonder if the claims about durability and not kinking were really true? At the Garden2Blog event hosted by P. Allen Smith, I was introduced to a garden hose that truly is different--Flexzilla. Flexzilla was part of [...]
Flannel shirts have been around for ages, but have you ever tried to do stuff in one? Ever try to reach for that last weed without stepping in the bed, and feel your flannel shirt holding you back? Ever string up Christmas lights over your head and feel a draft up your back as your [...]
A couple of months ago, I was asked if I would like to review a pair of Bogs' garden shoes. Frankly, I wasn't sure. A few years back my daughter had bought a pair and was never happy with the fit. She said they were too snug on the top of her foot. She and [...]
Living in Ontario, Brian Bixley has the well-earned ambivalence of the cold climate gardener, calling winter “the icicle in the soul of the gardener” and yet acknowledging its “shivery perfection.” But the range of his thought and the dry subtlety of his wit in Essays on Gardening in a Cold Climate go beyond the confines [...]