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Compost Challenge Pumpkin Patch Postmortem

The compost test I’ve arranged in my garden this year has come to an end with the long-drawn out death by nibbles of the pumpkin sprouts I planted as seeds in plain dirt in June:

Just a few feet away, the pumpkin seeds I planted on the same June day in compost-amended soil (but […]

Compost Matters: The Pumpkin Patch Proof

You want proof that compost matters in your garden? Check this out. A year ago next week, I moved from Ohio to Maine and promptly started filling up a compost bin. Two weeks ago, I turned out my first big batch of compost from the bin, dug it into a spot of soil, and planted […]

Mid Spring Garden Update

I’m dawdling in placing some variegated ornamental grasses I was given a few weeks ago. The variegation makes them tricky for me conceptually. […]

The Compost Lid Mystery

For about two weeks now, I’ve been finding the lid taken off one or the other of my compost bins. They aren’t just off as in laying-off-to-the-side. They’re often six feet or more into the woods at the edge of which my compost bins sit. Every few days or so I’ve tromped into those woods […]

Axe Head and Glass: We’ve Always Thrown Things Away

This afternoon, while taking out some grass to plant some sunflower seeds on the side of a hill here in Maine, my daughter and uncovered a fair amount of broken glass from old jars and the head of an axe, all less than an inch below the top of the sod. I remember that […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Radish sprouts and pea sprouts. The blackberry canes are leafing out, too.

What’s growing in your garden?

What’s Going in Your Garden?

Chives Cucumber Mint Peas Peppers Pumpkins Radishes Sunflowers Zucchini

and Thyme, and Time.

What will you be putting in your garden this year?

Obamas To Gardeners: Eat Shit

It’s been almost 20 years since the Clintons sprayed this polluted gunk all over the White House lawn, but the poisonous chemicals seem to still be there. […]

Plant a Row for the Hungry

If you garden, you’ve been there: delighted at the success of your zucchini patch, you enjoy a zucchini salad, a nice loaf of zucchini bread, another loaf of zucchini bread, a pot of zucchini-cheese soup…. It’s after the second pot of zucchini soup that you might throw in the towel, but that doesn’t mean your […]

Two-Headed Mammoth Sunflower

I had hoped that if I planted seeds from last year’s mammoth sunflowers a little early, I just might manage to harvest some seeds by now. But nature works at its own pace, not to meet my deadlines. This evening I see a mammoth sunflower bloom getting ready to burst open:

Alas, by this […]

When The Path is Shut

Every year in late May, the leaves on this tree in my back yard fill in, growing heavy enough that the tree’s branches droop over the path to the back gate that leads to my son’s school. Behind the tree, bushes fill in and vines drop down from overhead, reducing the space fit for humans […]