Pruning is the only gardening chore you can do in mud season, because your plants (and the weeds!) are still frozen in the ground. It's a great excuse to get outside and do something--actual gardening! The weather is very unsettled during mud season, so it's best to be strategic about what gets pruned when.
Just for fun: a view of my snowy garden from the air. It's always nice to get a fresh perspective!
I need advice. What can I apply to these wooden birdhouses to make them weather-proof? Give me your advice in the comment section.
The weather outside is frightful, so time to catch up on all the gardening shows you missed. Here's some tips to get the most out of your viewing time.
If you have a large garden, consider a broadfork when you're writing up your wishlist. A broadfork is a multi-purpose tool that tackles big jobs but is easy on your back. Follow the link to learn more
It can get addictive--bringing dormant branches into the house so they can flower early is one way to get the jump on spring. Click the link to find out how!
Tired of forcing the same bulbs every winter? Let me introduce you to the Madeiran squill. Click to learn more:
A Year at Brandywine Cottage complements David Culp's previous book, The Layered Garden. They each inspire in different ways.
Oopsie. I finally decided to figure out what was in the garbage bag in the seed-starting area of the basement, and it's a dahlia. Sprouting. Now what do I do?
Minding the Garden makes me pause and think about my own garden, bringing back memories of its beauty. It's also reassuring to see how Lilactree Farm has changed in thirty years--there's hope for my garden! This is a great book to give as a gift--or hint for this holiday season.