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Echinocystis Erupts

A week ago, I wrote about my discovery of the native plant Echinocystis lobata, the wild cucumber. This morning, the specimen I collected shared with me a little surprise. Though I had severed the fruit from the vine, it remained alive, developing as it ordinarily would, given that this time do year, vines in the […]

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.

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Testing Organic Seed Search

What’s the benefit of using OMRI’s system? I can’t think of one. It offers me fewer choices in finding materials that are simple to locate through other means. […]

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 […]

To Do In The Garden Today

Unusually warm weather makes it a good day for gardening. What will you do in your garden today? […]

Recession Gardeners Trade Plants

Remember, the leaves may be browning, but it’s still not too late to get perennials in the ground to overwinter. […]

Sunflowers: Scalp High by the Fourth of July?

Last year, I planted mammoth sunflower seeds out of a packet in late April. By the end of July, big, tall, heads head appeared in my backyard. Most of them were donated to the birds, who gladly accepted the gift, but I did saw off two heads and let them dry in the basement over […]

Turn in the Leaves

Turn in the leaves this autumn to create ground for real wealth. […]