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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Summer reflection . . .

I feel very lucky to work with some great clients and co-workers. Together we have created some landscapes that represent qualities that I think meet goals beyond expectations. This pond-stream creation was one such “creation” that we are all very happy with. The deck was built by fellow landscaper Ben Leier; the stream and pond […]

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The real, real world grows on . . .

As the stalemate between so called ‘governing parties’ continues in the U.S. people are no longer available to work in the White House Garden. Weeds, over mature plants, and squirrels are now the show-garden’s reality as nature suggests once again she is has consensus . . . without humans. The garden, meant to be a […]

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Three Sisters . . .

Late summer . . . life is so rich.

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Tomatoes . . . the gift of summer

  It is a good idea to prune tomatoes if you grow them in a less than optimal climate. Breaking off some of the ‘succors’ will promote faster development of existing crop and result in bigger fruit.

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Summer!

A small water feature I created using an old bathtub and a concrete bowl is constant center of bird activity. And the same berm that was alive with Junco’s in spring is now alive with all sorts of other species of birds. The berm has become a wonderful display of phlox purple and mustard yellow.

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Garlic – the super, master herb

My garden is overflowing with garlic this spring and as a result I have been eating it as a ‘green’. The little research I have done tells me this ‘spring garlic’ has powerful healing and health-building qualities, ones that have long been appreciated by gypsies. It is my experience, my gut’s experience, that a handful […]

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no-till = less energy, more worms

I have always wanted to garden this way . . . a gentle co-creation with nature. Sometimes reading literature about something that I already know is right/smart gives me permission of sorts to do it. In this regard, I’ve always believed in ‘no-till’ gardening, I’ve even practiced no-till farming on a large scale with 100 acre hay fields. Two […]

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Climate Change — make it personal

There is no escaping the fact that the planet is now in dangerous territory relative to high “greenhouse gases” and the consequent increase in surface temperature. Changing the way you use your tiny piece of land can help make the needed change. I find this 3 minute video does a great job of getting the […]

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