Category Archives: gardening

Last Harvest, First Harvest

Today I dug the very last of the potager’s 2016 crops: “Parisian”carrots.  This is the first time in forty years that I’ve left crops to overwinter in the garden.  Always before, everything not eaten immediately was harvested and canned, frozen, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Snowmen!

The first crocuses are bravely putting on their show, so it’s time for the snowmen to go!  Since early November, three wooden snowmen with their jaunty red scarves have decorated the front garden (above) and the potager’s front borders. Through … Continue reading

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Look what I found!

   The first blooms of my 2017 season!  This little patch of “Cream Beauty” popped up almost overnight in the front border outside the potager.  Because it was warm and (finally!) still, I’d gone out to repair a greenhouse  vent, … Continue reading

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Green Meatballs

Years ago I attended a gardening seminar featuring a noted garden designer.  Her presentation was basically “Things to Avoid,” with a variety of photographs on the big screen of various gardens, many of which were located in nearby areas.  What … Continue reading

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Heap of hope

  Remember that jar of bleach water I carried to the berry rows?  If not, see “About that pruning…”  Well, I carried it back to the house, and rummaged through my supply basket and jacket pockets to find a big … Continue reading

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About that pruning….

  February is a good month here in north central Indiana to do some pruning.  Fall-bearing red raspberries are cut down to about 6-8″ and summer bearing just need old canes taken out.  New canes that grew late summer and … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of the Herb Pantry

While it continues to be grey and cold, it’s a good time to take stock of the culinary herb supply.  There’s still time to make adjustments to the planting plans and increase or decrease the number of plants needed.  Starting … Continue reading

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