August 13, 2015

Mystery tomatoes… solved?

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February 12, 2015

Meditation Today was my first gardening workshop of the year. I went to a local library branch and learned about making my yard into a wildlife sanctuary. Which is absurd, since I have a small suburban yard that’s about the opposite of wild. And yet, haven’t I spent the last year documenting what birds and […]

October 2, 2014

Meditation So I’m a lazy gardener, and I don’t stir my compost too often. Usually at this time of year I have a good wheelbarrow full of finished compost, but a lot of loose stuff on top that’s only partially ready. What I usually do is bury the least finished material in a trench. It […]

September 11, 2014

Meditation I’ve written before about planting native flowers so I can attract pollinators who are adapted to my area. Now I’d like to go a little farther and talk about what makes a plant pollinator-friendly. For this purpose, pollinators can be bees, flies, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. We don’t have bats as pollinators in my […]

September 4, 2014

Meditation My favorite exercise besides gardening is riding my bike around town. As I go, I notice how many people have fruit trees in their back yards. Apples are a big favorite, but I also see a few cherry and peach trees. Although some of the fruit trees appear well tended, many are badly neglected. […]

July 31, 2-14

Meditation My sunflowers are like a miniature city at this time of year. The sunflowers themselves are skyscrapers with many levels. Honeybees, native bees and bumblebees zoom from blossom to blossom. Wasps and hoverflies cruise the leaves in search of prey, while Goldfinches perch on ripe seed heads. Green beans form a more somber tower, […]

July 10, 2014

Meditation Spring always goes fast, but this year’s feels like a record. We’re already into the kind of hot, sweaty weather we don’t usually expect until August. The heat wave seemed so much earlier that I checked my garden journal. To my surprise, I found that last year we had temperatures near 100 right around […]

July 3, 2014

Meditation If your area is currently experiencing drought, as much of the US is, native wildflowers can be a great pick for your garden. They generally take less water than the usual flowering plants. They put on a show much longer than the others. Likewise, if your climate is rainy, or you have boggy soils, […]