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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.

Is this normal?

As regular readers know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first snowdrop bloom. Not just the first snowdrop of this season, but MY first snowdrop ever! In fact, I don’t recall ever actually seeing a snowdrop in person, … Continue reading

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I spy, with my own eye…something yellow!

Yesterday was a lovely, still, sunny day with a high temp of 39 degrees F. We’ve actually had seven sunny days out of eight, above freezing during the day but freezing at night. A lovely start to March! I headed … Continue reading

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February: Monthly Review

Snow arrived on January 31st and remained until February 26, except for a few piles where the driveway was plowed, and patches in the shade of the Lady Cottage and gazebo. I don’t know how more northern folks manage the … Continue reading

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Happy St. David’s Day!

Today is March 1st, also known as St. David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales. It is said that  David (“Dewi” in Welsh) lived in the 6th century and only drank water, sometimes immersed himself in icy water while reciting … Continue reading

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The seeding is on schedule…but under debate!

While the weather was so frigid, and the days were endless gloom it was a little hard to be motivated to sow seeds. It just seemed foolhardy, since spring was so very far away. And, the memory of last year’s … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

Suddenly we have some sunshine, and I can’t express how welcome it is after weeks of gloomy days. I think I missed being able to witness sunsets almost as much as I miss sunshine during the day! Last night’s sunset … Continue reading

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Anticipation

It’s snowing again and the temperature is 12 degrees F, with lower temperatures in the forecast for the upcoming ten days. Sigh! The good part of that is when the temps do drop to zero, at least the garden’s plants … Continue reading

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Lettuce improve our lettuce production!

I admit it. I’ve been stuck in a rut for a while, ordering the same lettuce seeds year after year. There’s good reason for that, of course. Growing the varieties that have proven themselves as reliable and productive in the … Continue reading

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Kohlrabi, this year’s “trial” crop

Each year since the potager began, I’ve picked a crop for testing and evaluation. One year it was peas, another it was spinach, another beets. I find as many varieties as I can and have space to grow, but also … Continue reading

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January: Monthly review

The first month of 2021 was not very memorable, nor filled with the optimism of past January’s. Like December, is was mostly gray and drab outdoors, so I left the Christmas tree up and the nutcrackers out the entire month … Continue reading

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