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
I’ve learned this morning about a new British passion. Well, actually, it’s an old passion, but it’s newly reborn. I’m talking about the scythe. The scythe is an ancient tool with a curved wooden handle and a long metal blade. Before gasoline-powered lawn mowers, the
The sign does not raise a merely hypothetical concern. Thank goodness that expectations have been made clear. Fortunately, parking on pickup trucks seems to be okay. Parking on mushroom motorcycles would also be acceptable.
You could miss out on a field of buttercups.
People who mow their lawns to be neat and tidy and short miss the pleasure of bronze colored seed heads.
Japanese maple for the light filtering through the overlapping leaves Tall grass for the separation between the leaves and the seed heads Mint for its mist of pollinators Catalpa for the absurdly large beanness of it Apple for the deer it brings
The squirrels and earthworms have been pocking little holes in my lawn for weeks now, supplementing the frost heave of winter in aerating the grass. Another of nature’s lawn aerators has been visiting lately: the Northern Flicker, a woodpecker that drills into the ground in
I’ve got a gardening question for you. I’ve noticed that up here in Maine the crocuses and daffodils have already bloomed, while the grass has only gotten green in the last day or two and certainly won’t need to be mowed for a week or
Irregular Aphorism: A person with a manicured lawn mistakes the earth for a fingernail.
The old northern sea oats that falls down year after year will only partially decompose, leaving a good deal of carbon in the soil and building up a rich thatch. Instead of being the location of the release of carbon dioxide into the air, the patch of northern sea oats will be a small carbon sink.
Replacing lawn with gardens and trees won’t cut the demand for oil as much as we need to, but it’s an important step in the effort to make sure that American shores never experience another invasion of filth from offshore drilling.