Author Archives: carolee

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.

Merry Christmas to ALL!

Not much of a white Christmas, but we’ll take it! May your home be filled with the sounds of Christmas pleasures today. Ours is quiet, with soft holiday music in the background and the scent of a Christmas meal cooking. … Continue reading

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The shortest day, the longest night

The Winter Solstice is always much-anticipated, not that in reality it seems much different from the days just prior and afterwards. It’s the message that counts, like turning the page on a calendar, or opening the first page of a … Continue reading

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Why one berry box has no plastic

Late this autumn, I built four hardware cloth-covered frames to fit over the 6′ x 3′ raised beds in the potager. Three of them were covered with a layer of plastic and are now protecting winter vegetable crops (spinach, leeks, … Continue reading

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New seeds to look for!

I still get a lot of trade magazines, even though I no longer operate a commercial greenhouse, and it’s fun to read the articles to see what the trends are, or in this case to learn about some new seed … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Dec 12

This Saturday began with pounding rain and whistling winds here in central Indiana. Surprisingly, a break in the clouds allowed the sun to shine so I hurried out with my camera. First stop was to see if the potted arborvitae … Continue reading

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The Addition Garden got an update!

One of the things I enjoy doing during the winter months is going through the many photos of the gardens taken in past years. Last winter, I noticed that there were very few of the Addition Garden. In looking more … Continue reading

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First Responder!

This year, there was less trouble with squash bugs and borers than in past years in the potager. I’m crediting this fellow (although not being an amphibian specialist, he could very well be a “she!”) I think it’s a Fowler’s … Continue reading

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November: Monthly review

Overall, November seems like it was a good month even with the scaled-down Thanksgiving “celebrations.” There were 20 beautiful, warm days for outdoor work and below normal precipitation once again. The grain-hauling trucks rumbled by day and night all through … Continue reading

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Winter is in the air…

and on the ground! December 1st began with a light drizzle that turned into a lovely snowfall. The first real (enough to track a cat) snowfall is always magical. Everything looks so pristine and dazzling with that sparkling frosting. It … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Nov 28

This Six on Saturday is a mixture of six things that are making the days more cheery. First of all, the 2020 Christmas tree, which is even more appreciated this year than it has been sometimes in others. We didn’t … Continue reading

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