My wife, God bless her, will take into her care whatever needy creature happens to fall into her space. She came home a few months ago with various tomato plants because she took pity on the local gal selling them at the farmers market. “They’re heirlooms” she said, as if to vindicate the leggy plants purchased well before they would survive the garden nights. “What kinds?” I asked. “I don’t know. Whatever.” I don’t plant WHATEVER in my garden as a rule, taking a …

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It has been a most pleasant June, save for the too-frequent rains–a statement you would never have heard 8 out of 10 of the past Junes, when the gardens most need and least receive the moisture we now have in excess. Finally, while far from my favorite temperature, the garden plantings think warm nights and almost-hot days are much more favorable for fruiting. So far, only a couple of meals of Sugar-snap peas. Related articles Some common plants can ward off mosquitoes, reduce West …

Officially Summer When Daylilies Bloom Read more »

It is officially summer. So far, I don’t hate it. Enough rainfall, enough warmth to suit me, coupled with nice cool nights. And the garden insects have not become pestiferous. Yet. The voles seemingly have enjoyed the gummy bears I’ve grudgingly allowed them to have in their little holes, the slugs know to stay away because an impossibly tall building will come through the garden early morning, late evening with a pointy stick and intere their molluskan carcasses into the soil. Life is cruel. …

Summer Morning Read more »

At last, after two plantings of saved heirloom seeds stillborn in the cold soil, a third generation is birthed and growing. Goose Beans have been the staple of our stable of legumes, Tendercrop or some such bush bean making up the balance. So the thought that I might fail to raise bean one this year has been plaguing my sense of gardening self-worth. Consequently, the mere emergence of those big fat cotyledons above the soil this morning–now finally warm enough this late spring to …

Garden Notes Mid June ’13 Read more »

I am remembering now why the coming of warmer, longer, greener days is so disruptive to what has passed for winter-normal especially-morning cycles of attention and energy. With the first days in the 70s, one realizes that they are swimming once more against the very currents of planetary shifts and the inexorable urge of things to grow. A mere mortal has little choice but to push the mower, swing the scythe, whirr the string trimmer and hoe the weeds one step ahead of the Green …

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