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My Impromptu Dog Garden, For a Season

My long-term gardening plan where I live in Maine is simple in the abstract: let the woods grow in from the edges over time and find something other than grass in the middle.

As always in a garden, concrete reality becomes more complicated.

I’ve got dogs. Big dogs. Digging dogs. These big digging dogs have […]

Spring Planning for the Garden

Spring is here!  What shall I plant in my garden plot?

Here’s that garden plot. Right now, a snow shovel is the most that I could plant.  But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming.  Right now, I’m dreaming of a plum tree.

What are your garden dreams?

Plant It Forward

There are many things going wrong in the world, and we write about a good deal of them here at Irregular Times. However, it’s important from time to time to give simple recognition to some of the positive efforts that people are making things a bit better in the world.

Among these is the Plant […]

What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Thanks to a long winter in Maine, it took a long time this year before I could turn the soil and get plants started. Now that the days have turned reliably warm, I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, beans and zuchinni in the works, to be surrounded by wildflowers if everything germinates well.

My aesthetic […]

October Bounty

A full week into October here in mid-Maine, and still I’m harvesting a bounty from good earth. A few peppers that are supposed to be hot came out sweet in the chill, but hundred of sweet peapods are a special delight, since these cost me nothing but the light work in August of shelling […]

Reclaimed for the Sun

When I moved up to Maine 3 years ago, the place I moved into had a deck of pressure-treated wood shoved into a south-and-east facing corner. It wasn’t connected to the steps, so you had to walk to it. It didn’t face the street, so it wasn’t made for socializing. It got splintery and rickety.


Homeland Insecurity Alert! Al Qaeda to attack us with… BEANS

Do you remember when they used to try to scare us with stories about nuclear weapons in suitcases? Did you notice we don’t hear that one any more? These days, the Homeland Security are reaching deep down into their bag of fear stories, so deep that they’ve pulled out this one:

For more than a […]

Pumpkin Patch Compost Test: An Update

Back in the middle of June, I decided to put compost to the test by planting some pumpkin seeds in some soil freshly mixed with compost, and planting some other pumpkin seeds in nearby soil that I turned over with my shovel but didn’t mix with compost. Both patches are growing seeds from the same […]

Coffee Grounds and Gardening: Don’t Do it for the Acid

In a recent segment on NPR’s Science Friday, gardening expert Shawn Verrall rejected that the old habit many of us have of dumping our coffee grounds on plants that need acid. According to Verrall, the act of brewing coffee takes most of the acid out of the grounds.

I’d heard the coffee grounds advice from […]

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?

November Gardening

Can the ability to do gardening tasks in what ought to be a time of winterlike weather be appropriately regarded as a benefit of climate change? […]