Tag Archives: Garden

Me vs vinca minor

It’s a tale as old as home ownership. ┬áToday I took up my trusty cultivator, slipped on my gloves, and waded into the field of battle, determined to beat back the combined evil forces of vinca minor and ivy. Please … Continue reading

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The planting itch

We had a very mild winter temperature- wise, and it hasn’t dipped to freezing in weeks — and I just can’t wait any longer.  Today I’m going to plant the early things, like peas and beans and nasturtiums and sunflowers. … Continue reading

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All a-buzz

The lavender is in full bloom – a little ahead of usual, but the bees are bustling all over it. It is darned difficult to take a picture of bees; they don’t hold still for long. We have two kinds … Continue reading

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Inadequate

I’ve had veggie gardens for years, and always compost and mulch well in the fall and spring. We have a worm bin, and I spread the castings, use the “tea” in my watering (from the rain barrels), and I rotate … Continue reading

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The earth awakens

The weather this weekend was spectacular – and so, per usual, I spent most of it outside. I got quite a bit done – got the sidewalk edged, lawn & parking strip mown, some weeds pulled, marigolds planted, a soaker … Continue reading

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Getting dirty

It is such a beautiful spring morning that I had to go dig in the garden just a little, before heading to work. The crows and squirrels ate my first batch of snap peas that I planted last month, so … Continue reading

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Bandit

We had a little visitor the other day, in broad daylight. I heard one of our cats growling at the window, and went to investigate – fully expecting to see a neighbor cat out there – and discovered a raccoon … Continue reading

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Floral debut

Spring arrived, and the plants are in heaven. Record-breaking rainfalls in March and April led to a couple weeks of really warm weather — and the flora is bursting into bloom everywhere I look. Thank goodness, because the bees are … Continue reading

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Seeds

It is still too early to sow most seeds directly into the garden, but I’ve got a few things I’d like to get a jump on – especially tomatoes. I can probably put in beets now, but our last frost … Continue reading

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Birds & bees

It may still be winter, but signs of spring have begun – crocuses are blooming and hummingbirds chitter in the lilac. Birds of all sizes have been enjoying the bird feeder, so I made some nut, seed, and fruit suet … Continue reading

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