• Gardening

    October Garden

    by  • October 15, 2013 • Gardening

    I love the garden at this time of year. It’s put in a full season of growing, blooming, and feeding us and the wildlife in my neighborhood. It’s on its last legs, so to speak, but it’s no less peaceful or beautiful to me than it was back in May, when everything was new....

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    Early Spring Garden Tour: The Back Garden

    by  • April 1, 2013 • Gardening

    The weather was very nice over the weekend, and I spent as much of it as possible outside in the garden. My husband, the kids and I all worked together, planting, weeding, cleaning up, and doing some light construction and repairs. It was a very productive weekend, over all! I thought it would be...

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    2013 Garden Plans

    by  • January 8, 2013 • Garden Planning, Gardening

    My 2012 garden….well, it sucked. There is no nice way to say that. A dry, hot summer, combined with a distracted gardener just added up to a crappy gardening¬† year. Years like last year make me very happy I focused on native perennials in my front garden. Had I not, my yard would have...

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    Early (Red) October in My Garden

    by  • October 4, 2012 • Gardening

    I took a stroll through the garden this morning, and while most of it is still green, every once in a while, a glimpse of crimson would catch my attention, like jewels scattered throughout the landscape. This is just the beginning; within the next couple of weeks, the birch and black locust will don...

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    In love with the August garden

    by  • August 5, 2012 • Gardening

    There are three high points in my gardening year: May, when everything is new and green and and an endless, uncharted sea of possibility lies before me; October, when the lawn and garden beds are a fiery blaze of orange, red, and yellow, courtesy of the mature trees that surround my garden; and August....

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    Updates and Miscellany

    by  • May 1, 2012 • Gardening

    It’s a new month, and, even better, it’s one of my favorite months of the gardening season! In May, the tomatoes get moved out from under the basement lights and out into the garden. I’ll plant the cucumbers, zucchini, and beans that we’ll be eating for most of the summer. May is a good...

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    November Tour of My Garden

    by  • November 11, 2011 • Gardening


    It’s one thing to show my garden in July, when the tomatoes are going full force and the annuals are all blooming like mad, or even in April, when the slightest hint of color is enough to make me feel like the best gardener ever. (Delusions of self-grandeur are a symptom of long Michigan...

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