Weekend update

While there are not many spectacular flower blossoms to photograph and share yet, much has been happening on the "Farm."  Fruit trees, lilacs, berry bushes, willows, and red maples are all beginning to bud. Of course the daffs and fritillaria are up as well. Birds are arriving from the south in droves and have settled... Continue Reading →

Flashes of color

That's all we have right now...little pockets of blossoms with sporadic bursts of color.  I still look out at skeletal branches in the wood line, but the grass is greening nicely with the warm temps and rain of this past week.  I even spotted some tiny, greening buds on the lilacs. The wildlife certainly know... Continue Reading →

Spring may have arrived…

At least I hope so.  The weather this weekend, although a chilly 30º F when I woke up this morning, is heading into the low to mid 50s with some sun!!  We haven't seen the sun in what feels like a lifetime. Temps for the next 10 days are looking good as well, remaining in... Continue Reading →

“Guardians, not Gardeners”

I just finished watching a TED talk given by Mary Reynolds, a landscape designer from Ireland, called the "Garden Awakening."  It was filmed back in November 2016, shortly after her book, The Garden Awakening, was published. She has some strong words against industrial farming, our failed political leadership, and the destruction we have brought upon this... Continue Reading →

The New Pollinator Border

I'm taking an online gardening course from The English Gardening School, and as part of the course, I'm creating an expanded pollinator border in the front yard.  All of my mixed borders are actually pollinator-friendly, but this one is designed from the beginning with as many pollinator-attracting plants as I can squeeze in. Why the... Continue Reading →

Gardening Organically

It's tempting to reach for the chemical sprays or powders when your walk into your garden and find your favorite rose overrun with aphids or Japanese beetles, or find your cauliflower beset by cabbage worms.  After all, what harm can a localized spray possibly do? The answer is quite a lot.  The fact is 90%... Continue Reading →

Gardening with Native Plants

I mentioned in a recent post that one of my goals for this year's garden is to add more native plants - trees, shrubs and perennials.  I started incorporating some permaculture principles into my gardening a couple of years ago, and have certainly witnessed an increase in wildlife and pollinators in the garden as a... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Somewhat belatedly I'm jumping onto the Happy New Year bandwagon.  I've developed a nasty cold to ring in the new year, so just getting up enough steam to complete this post.  We're also just coming out of an extremely unpleasant cold snap suffering through temps as low as -20º F (and with the wind chill,... Continue Reading →

Winter Prep Underway

Saturday -- We've been experiencing an arctic blast over the past couple of days.  It's 12º F this morning and was only 16º yesterday morning with a wind chill of 1º F, and our first dusting of snow overnight.  I'd been hoping to start some serious winter prep, but couldn't bring myself to work out in... Continue Reading →

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