Save your leaves!

Save those leaves! Applied to your gardens they are your soil’s and plant’s best friend. The microbiological life (the tiny bugs and critters that make soil into food for plants) thrive in leaf mulch. As opposed to bark or wood mulch, leaves do not “take” nitrogen from the soil, but add nitrogen. From Rodale’s Organic […]

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“Moly  . . .  the gypsies secret name for garlic . . . they uphold that it possesses magic properties, on account of its being able to cure the majority of ailments which afflict man and the animals he has domesticated.” (Juliette de Bairacli Levy. The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable). Now is […]

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Honoring the small . . .

A “bumper sticker” for my lawnmower : I STOP FOR BUGS I prefer gardens and wild, to lawns, however some of my clients like lawns. I try to accommodate the tiny life in all my ways. Dragonflies are one of those beauties:

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Landscaping in a small town . . .

Thankful for clients who understand the dilemma of a small town tradesman . . . Jack-of-all, and master of none. But with a little patience, trial and error, and caring, it usually works out even better. This water feature needed a feed-line ¼ inch larger to show off it’s lovely fountainhead:

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Pruning, a great connection to growth . . .

Pruning is a very gut-level experience for me, requiring a constant questioning, both of my perception, and the tree. First off, I have to ask “how are you doing?” Did you grow well last year? How did what I did last year work out? How should I change what I do? Here is one tree […]

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Springtime! Go and plant!!

One of my all time favorite experiences was doing a seed order for the 3 acre market garden I managed in the 1970’s. I’d pour over the catalogues–last years with the order notes, and the new one. This would cause a trip into, a flight over, the world that was last year’s garden, deciding how […]

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Conscientious use of water . . .

Becoming aware of how to live responsibly takes some thinking, otherwise I find myself doing irresponsible things. A case in point, a job I had recently where I was asked to fix a drainage problem. This new home was flooded with spring run-off; my initial response was to dig a swale to make the offending […]

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My take on permacultue . . .

I gave an interview on permaculture recently:

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Garden in the North . . .

Patience! That is a must here in the north, 52nd lat. to be exact. Here is my vegetable garden on July 5th: “Zooming” in on my beans and peas, you can see most of my vegetables are only a few inches high. Fortunately the days are long and weather is finally warm. Soon I will […]

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Staying relevant to the land . . .

The practice of routine questioning of your mindset and consequent relationship with the land—that part of the “space” of a place that is alive—is essential for successful gardening. For that land, with its’ inseparable wildlife, is changing all the time. The mycobacterial life, bugs, birds, animals, all respond day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year, to seasonal change. […]

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