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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orchard trees are wonderful food sources

In the north it’s time to prune . . .

As the snow begins to melt it is time to think about pruning those trees and shrubs that benefit from doing so. Pruning sends a message to the plant it’s time to grow harder, made more blossoms →seed→fruit. So look to do roses, fruit trees, berry bushes, etc. Pruning ornamentals is for shape; keep them off […]

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Inch by Inch, row by row . . .

It is about time for us in the north to start planting some seeds . . . late season tomatoes, snapdragons, sweet smelling nicotiana to name a few. It is always a gamble, never being sure when the growing season will begin, but it’s always wise to be ready. And Pete, Rest in Peace precious […]

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