Quite a few changes in the garden between the time I left on vacation the 3rd week in April and yesterday. We had torrential rains while I was away, leaving many of the borders and much of the lawn under inches of water. We had a fairly rainy weekend as well, but softer showers which... Continue Reading →
Despite wishing it were not so, winter persists. Overnights have been in the single digits (negatives with wind chill) and the days in the teens. We've had a week of snow, sleet and freezing rain with 6-10 inches of snow expected to arrive tomorrow into Monday. The usual February weather. So, to keep my spirits up, I... Continue Reading →
We walked in our woods yesterday morning. It was chilly, a bit cloudy, and the air had that wonderful earthy, autumn smell. There is something grounding -- spiritual -- about an early morning walk among the glorious trees, the multi-colored leaves pirouetting in their final, slow dance to the ground, the trees whispering shared secrets... Continue Reading →
It's a sunny, glorious (albeit a bit chilly at 38 degrees) early Spring day in North Country, so we took a two hour stroll in our woods with Magnolia.
Avoid bare soil as much as possible. Bare soil will erode and lose water at a faster rate than mulched surfaces. Your plants and the wildlife will thank you for the covered soil. Feed soils top-down through mulching. A covering of compost and/or well-rotted manure, topped by straw or natural (no dyes, no chemicals) wood... Continue Reading →