Time to put our plants to bed.
Tucking Our Plants In
Here in the mid-Atlantic it’s time to put our gardens to bed for the winter. The only gardens I keep going are a small greens garden, as it will give us fresh greens throughout the winter, and the front door bed, which is now planted with pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, as well as regular cabbage and brussel sprouts.
Now is the time that all the clean up work kicks into [...]
Recently, when moving a storage building onto our property, our pole saw was indispensable.
I remember it vividly. The freezing rain started in the early afternoon and by dusk there was a thick coating on everything outside. It was beautiful, magical, like a fairyland. Amidst the beauty lay a killer, one that would strike during the middle of the night.
As I went to bed I was very concerned for the beautiful live oak in our front yard. It was quite [...]
Or, should I say pine needling up. However, I don’t think you would have understood that like you do the title. I’ve been working hard in the yard this spring and finally got to cleaning out the blueberries and giving them a deep layer of pine needles.
What a mess…
As you can see from the first picture they were not a pretty sight. The winter winds had blown most of the grass clippings off of them and even some of [...]
Getting a little dirt under your fingernails relieves stress.
I’ve not talked about it much, but gardening is good for you. You breathe fresh air, get your allotted ten to fifteen minutes a day of sunshine (no blocker for that period), it’s great exercise, and you release stress. If you vegetable garden, you get to eat the healthiest food on the planet, that grown in your own garden. Gardening is a great part of a healthy lifestyle.
We’ve heard many, if [...]
Juncos seem to be the only ones interested in the mixed seed.
Black oil sunflower seed. I’ve been doing an experiment with my bird feeders. I used to have just one feeder, but for Christmas I told both my sister and my husband that I would like to have a new bird feeder, as the one I have is made of acrylic and it is quickly falling into disrepair after around ten years of service. It is cracking all over, [...]
Amazingly enough I’ve got almost all the vegetable beds ready. Only one big one and one small one to go. I should have them all cleaned out and amended in time to start planting my early spring crops next week, as we’re supposed to have a pleasant warm weekend, without rain, coming up.
Trimming trees so that they’ll grow for better crop production is important.
One task that many of us need to be about right now is trimming back some [...]
As I expand this blog to include not just outdoor, but indoor projects as well, I realized I promised to share things that worked and didn’t. Well today I’m going to share a couple things that didn’t work.
It’s Cold In Here
If we don’t find a way to warm up my office, my husband might just be able to enter me in an ice carving show!
We’re trying to find a way to insulate our windows better, because our heating bill [...]
OK, I thought I was safe from supporting Monsanto if I bought heirloom varieties of seeds. Come to find out Monsanto now owns some of those varieties. This means that they are not GMO seeds, but they are owned and more than likely produced by one of Monsanto’s subsidiaries. Scarily Monsanto now owns 40% of the home gardener seeds!
Sadly some of our most popular vegetable varieties are now owned by Monsanto.
Some of these are big names in the industry, [...]