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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Chives Cucumber Mint Peas Peppers Pumpkins Radishes Sunflowers Zucchini
and Thyme, and Time.
What will you be putting in your garden this year?
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? [...]
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 [...]
In gardening as much as in other aspects of life, humble expectations are more likely to be met than grand predictions of profit. There’s a good reason that, a few generations ago, huge numbers of people stopped working the land. It’s hard work, and quite often, crops fail. [...]
The right wing industrial warnings about environmentalism don’t hold in this case. Through this replanting, I’ve gained environmentally and aesthetically. I don’t feel deprived at all. [...]