Grow Organic: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

The subtitle of Grow Organic: Over 250 Tips and Ideas for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns and More by Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser reads "for first-timers and old-timers alike," but I think it excels at helping veteran gardeners who have been using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to make the transition to an organic approach. Friendly [...]

Early Pruning

– Posted in: Garden chores

Pruning the apple trees is a rite of spring. In past years I had a tendency to get started late and finish in a somewhat hurried splurge of activity—tinged with a bit of panic that perhaps I wouldn't get it done in time. This year I had to take a different approach. Since I'm no [...]

My Arbor Day

– Posted in: Fruit, Garden chores

My two plum trees arrived yesterday. I have been very pleased with the condition and packing of everything that I've bought from St. Lawrence Nurseries. The plants are always well wrapped and in good condition. I can tell a lot of personal work went into packing the plants. So far I've bought grape vines, a [...]

A Time to Dream

– Posted in: Wishlist

Well, it's that time of year again. It's time to decide what will be bought for the coming spring. It is time to decide what will be done in this year. Really, this is the very worst time of year to be making plans. Winter in these climes keeps a person trapped inside for so [...]

More about fruit

– Posted in: Fruit

I'm sorry to hear of the demise of Bear Creek Nursery. I never ordered from them, but I kept hoping to. They had quite a selection of apple trees. One that I always wanted to get was Chenango Strawberry, because it was discovered fairly close to where we live. I notice all the mail order [...]

Pear & Cherry notes

– Posted in: Fruit

I look at lists of pears in old catalogs or encyclopedias and feel faint with longing. The book 'Pomona's Harvest' will curl your hair with what's been lost. Still, there are lots available and one variety I am intrigued with