Slow Down Gardening

At Master Gardener College this year (my first) I was introduced to Felder Rushing, a force to be reckoned with in the MG World. A former Mississippi Extension agent (actually, founder of their program), he’s gone on to write a lot about not getting too hung up when gardening. I first (mis)heard his name in…

Firewise Berries

Just a quick post before Master Gardener College 2014 officially begins. I’ve been here since Wednesday for Advanced Master Gardener training in Land Stewardship, and yesterday we went out to Craig County, VA to some national forest land where they routinely conduct controlled burns to improve the land and the wildlife. More on that in…

Only Two Things to Know About Composting

I had to share this quip from yesterday’s Land Steward class on composting. Our instructor shared this gem from a colleague and retired Extension agent. I missed his first name but caught the last—Felder. The lecture and demo had some inspiring bits about local efforts in Hanover County and other Virginia communities where composting is…

College Week!

* This was accidentally posted in the wrong place. (Wrong blog.) Here it is where it belongs! I’m in The New River Valley the rest of the week attending Master Gardener College thanks to a scholarship from the Southside Master Gardeners Association! I’m writing from my sister’s Cafe & Bakery this morning, but later this…

Planting 6/24/14 — Harvest Gold Crabapple

* This was accidentally posted in the wrong place. (Wrong blog.) Here it is where it belongs! Since I’ll be heading off to college tonight, I really wanted to get some loose ends wrapped up before leaving. So I was out in the yard just after 7 this morning planting this Lowe’s rescue Harvest Gold…

Garden Check 6/22-23/14

Lots going on in the garden the past two days. Summer has begun and mostly cloudy (but rainless) days this week have kept the heat away. We’ll see how long that holds, especially this week as I hit the road! (More on that tomorrow.) As ever, threes some good stuff going on in the garden…

Garden Check 06/21/14 – Summer Solstice

Despite a few problem areas, how could any day in the yard not go well with so many sunflowers about! One rainy day this spring—I cannot remember when, as I was quite surprised when they started to come up!—I had a wild hare and put down a few dozen sunflowers in the orchard. It’s a…