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Garden Vampirism

I admire the way that bloodroot, to match its sinister name, emerges from the ground wrapped tightly in a cloak, like a white-haired undead Transylvanian count protecting himself from the rays of the rising sun.

Spring in the Garden after a Long Winter

I don’t have to tell you that we had a long winter (although a review of global climate data will tell us that such a winter was typical a generation ago). I just want to share two of the little subtle joys coming with the remarkably quick spring. Just two weeks ago we had snow [...]

Apply Reality With Herbal Remedies For A Cut Finger

What is a wounded person supposed to do in wintertime, when all the plants listed here are dormant, without fresh leaves or flower petals? Are they advised to walk south until they reach Florida? [...]

Whole Food Harvest

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 [...]

The Toothy Maw Of The Dahlia

Late in the season, it seems, they get blooming serious.

A Place For Thistles

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. [...]

The Worm On The Roof

In the soil, under the branches, I found earthworms. [...]

What To Do With Zucchini, Part 2

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 [...]

Yes, Honey

A garden is a relationship.

In this case, it’s a bumbling one.

What Do You Do With Your Zucchini?

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 [...]

Thistle

Weed, wildflower, free birdfeeder, or something else?