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.
The calendar says it's spring, but you're still looking out on a vast expanse of snow: You look at it and think, "Before any flowers will bloom, first that stuff has to melt, then the soil has to thaw, then the leaves will emerge, and then--finally!--I'll have flowers. Not so, dear gardener. Not so. The [...]
Well, Ro confessed, so here's my confession, too. Except mine's quite different. I don't really like seed shopping! I consider it a chore. A necessary chore, but a chore nonetheless. So I tend to procrastinate, and put it off, often for longer than I ought. I know this, and I guess in the back of [...]
I recently learned that the area around my house that the kids play on is not a lawn but a cropped meadow. Ken Druse, writing in The Passion for Gardening: Inspiration for a Lifetime, describes a cropped meadow as "simply the grasses and non-grass plants (or forbs) that were already there, cut short (and never [...]
I bet you think that my prolonged absence from this blog is because I've been too busy gardening. Wrong. I wish it were true, but what has really kept me away from here, and the garden, is a housekeeping project of Immense Proportions, as Winnie-the-Pooh might say. I originally thought it would take me a [...]
Due to the crazy weather, all my tulips are blooming at once, and it is quite delightful. I have taken pictures with an old fashioned film camera, so if I get them developed, I will post pictures. I will also have pictures to look at when there is nothing but dying tulip foliage to look [...]
Barbara Kinkade writes: "I would like to know other peoples' experience as to hardy, easy growing Clematis for Zone 4 in Montana." She's already seen this post, so I imagine she wants to hear more from others.
...and I don't think I can take it, 'cause it too so long to rake it, and I'll never have the energy again... (You are supposed to sing that to MacArthur Park, for those of you who are old enough to remember the song, and sing it with great drama, please!) Yes, I left my [...]
I finally sowed most of my seeds - 11 kinds of tomatoes, 3 types of eggplants, 5 kinds of peppers and a tomatillo. I still have to label them all - I have a detailed schematic, but if I lose that, I am in trouble. I used popsicle sticks last year, but I am out, [...]
After being told my webpage was fourth on the search for "garden blog" (it's actually fifth), I had to check it out for myself and discovered Judi, Judi, Quite Contrary. Judi has several other blogs going as well, which is how I learned she's expecting twins. Strangely enough, I am not even on the first [...]