• Let the wintersowing begin!

    by  • January 11, 2013

    I used to start my wintersowing on the winter solstice, because that was what so many of the people advised on the wintersowing forum where I first learned about the method. The thing about wintersowing at the end of December, for me, at least, is that I don’t have time to appreciate it. Holiday...

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    In which I justify my hoarding

    by  • January 10, 2013

    My grandfather (we called him “Papa”) was a keeper of things. We’d call him a hoarder, now, maybe, but the things he kept were so practical and awesome that I have a hard time finding anything negative about it. Papa kept things he’d never use again, like old microscopes, hundreds of pens, little pencil...

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    2013 Garden Plans

    by  • January 8, 2013

    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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    DIY: Seed Drying Racks

    by  • December 29, 2012

    One of the projects I want to tackle is making a real, honest-to-goodness, seed drying rack. My current method mostly consists of laying seeds out on labelled paper plates (plain paper, not coated) or coffee filters on my kitchen counter until they’re dry. While this works well enough, space is definitely becoming an issue....

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    Under Cover

    by  • December 28, 2012

    I was already resigned to not having a white Christmas. Hope flared, just slightly, when the weather forecast showed several inches of snow for Christmas Eve. I tried not to get my hopes up. Sometime between Christmas Eve dinner and when we started opening gifts in our living room, flurries started falling, and we...

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    Early (Red) October in My Garden

    by  • October 4, 2012

    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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    Winner of the Troy-Bilt Cordless Cultivator!

    by  • October 3, 2012

    Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, both here on the blog and on Twitter. I wrote your names on slips of paper and put them in a basket, and my lovely assistant, (my 4 year old daughter, Elizabeth) chose a winner. And the winner is…. Cherina! Congrats, Cherina, and thanks again to...

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