April’s Around the Corner

  The tug-of-war between winter and spring still wages, and my money is on winter for at least the next 3 weeks or so.  But we've had a couple of days in the high 40s followed by some rain this afternoon through tomorrow, resulting in some much needed snow melt.  Of course we now have... Continue Reading →

Gardening for Wildlife

So, what does that mean exactly?  Well, for me, it means to garden with an eye toward creating a sanctuary for birds, pollinators, other insects, reptiles, and other wildlife.  To create an environment free of the toxins—the herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are poisoning us and the world around us—in which the local wildlife... Continue Reading →

Winter’s Last Gasp….I hope

A second winter storm in less than a week has hit the northeast.  Thankfully -- and surprisingly -- we've come through relatively unscathed.  The first storm brought only a dusting to our area, and this last one no more than 4-5 inches. It was a winter wonderland in our backyard this morning. But enough already....I'm... Continue Reading →

Pruning

We're still a few weeks away from any real signs of early spring, but the recent warm temperatures and rains have melted much of our snow leaving behind mushy bits of greens and browns.  It beats looking at white after 3 1/2 months! Although, thankfully, I do have a splash of color growing inside with... Continue Reading →

Permaculture Guilds

As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture.  Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016.  Looking at her... Continue Reading →

Written over 50 years ago…

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair.  The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.  The other fork of the road — the... Continue Reading →

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