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 →

Hunkering Down

As I'm sure many of you have heard (or are, perhaps, experiencing), the east coast is taking a beating from a gnarly storm.  The coast received the worst of the snow fall yesterday; we only had a dusting by our standards, around 2-3 inches. The current threat is the brutal, arctic winds sweeping in.  We... 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 →


I know there is little I can do for them, but I worry about the wildlife during stretches of extreme cold such as the one we're currently experiencing.  Can they find shelter?  Can they find enough food?  Can they withstand day after day of sub-zero temps? Yesterday we were delighted to see a visiting flock... Continue Reading →

Year-End Assessment

We're on day 5 of a brutal cold snap that reaches across the northern U.S.; it's expected to last for another week or more.  It's -13º F right now at 12:30 am.  With wind chill, the last few days have felt like -30º F.  It's a cold that has to be experienced to appreciate; a... 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 →

First Hard Frost

We had our first hard frost on the 17th; a low of 31 degrees.  It was cold enough to ensure that the dahlias, coleus, cannas, and other tender perennials were done for the season. I awoke to a world dusted in white and came home after work to blackened foliage throughout the garden. The first... Continue Reading →

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