The best work I have done all year was performed at twilight, as I gathered the year’s last fresh sprigs of mint from where a lawn once grew – 5 pounds of leaves stuffed into a tote bag from a Whole Foods store that sells factory-brewed mint tea for several dollars per serving. Tonight, there [...]
Late in the season, it seems, they get blooming serious.
Once, a viking botched a stealthy attack on a camp of Scots when he stepped onto the sharp thorny leaf of a thistle and howled in pain. In my own garden, this stinging plant attracts small animals with stingers of their own. [...]
In the soil, under the branches, I found earthworms. [...]
In July, Jim wrote an article asking what he could do with his zucchini. In my own garden this question has been answered for me by an unknown hungry animal.
This garden patch was defended by a fence 8 feet high.
My question is: What can I do with this zucchini? Should I [...]
A garden is a relationship.
In this case, it’s a bumbling one.
Zucchini season has started in my garden, and the first fruits have been incorporated into this yummy zucchini bread. I use a recipe from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but add ginger and substitute molasses and brown sugar where the recipe calls for white sugar.
Yum. A fella can only eat so much [...]
Weed, wildflower, free birdfeeder, or something else?
This April, I watched weeds sprout in my mint patch and thought I might have to turn over the soil and start again from seed. That patch this month, untouched:
I shall never doubt my mint again.
What does it take to kill off mint?
If I mow my lawn every week and spray and weed, everything looks short and green and the same. Call it a choice or call it lazy, but I think that if something is growing in my lawn and it isn’t a thistle, it belongs there. One of the benefits of waiting and being patient [...]