Critters

Pretty much every time I go into the garden I see the holes dug by hungry big cute rodents. They're turning over all that turf that I carefully dug and up-ended to "self-compost" under the wood chip mulch. And seemingly throwing around the edging bricks. They're heavy! But with at least four of them, it... Continue Reading →

Tips for Post-Spring Clean-up

Your crocuses and daffs and tulips were lovely, but now they're just a mess. The candytuft really filled the space, but now it's all just one big mess. The early peonies were bright and bold, but now they're really a mess. What to do? Cut, cut, cut. But cut with care! Let's Start With Peonies... Continue Reading →

NOT Low Maintenance Gardens

I DON'T  want a low-maintenance garden. This morning I went out and wandered around, and there wasn't much to do, so I looked at blossoms, cut a few for a bouquet, watered some plants I recently transplanted, and then came inside. Later I went out again, still not much to do, so I fixed the hose,... Continue Reading →

Not All Garden Bugs Are Pests

Mostly we hate bugs. Unless they're  Pixar bugs. We don't want ants in the house (never mind cockroaches!) Spiders are just plain awful, and beetles look intimidating. But in fact, none of them are bad for the garden. So here are a few (of the many) bugs that we can happily live with. Spitbug Inside... Continue Reading →

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