Garden Check 8/19/14—Rains and Grains

Quick checks last night and this morning revealed a few trouble spots, but mostly I want to share some of what’s going on out in the yard and garden that’s getting me excited right now, and it all boils down to rains and grains! Amazing Amaranth Wikipedia has plenty to say about Amaranth (Amaranthus), you…

Why Hard Edges Won’t Work for You in the Garden

This is the final week to submit designs for my online PDC with Geoff Lawton, and as I work and review the course materials, I came across a great video with Geoff doing a small consultancy project with a couple in New Zealand and their slightly farmy property. Two real gems in this piece sparkled…

Garden Check 8/9/14—Birds! And Frog!

It’s pouring outside this morning, so, of course I couldn’t resist heading out into the yarden! As I’ve written before, gardening in the rain has lots of advantages and it’s in many ways an ideal time for maintenance. The yarden definitely needed the tending and I was finally able to clear out the radishes from the…

Rudbeckia Tiger Eye By the Tail

Black-Eyed Susans have some some really cute cousins! I discovered this while out and about today when I impulsively dropped by the Lowe’s garden center. There, I discovered Rudbeckia hirta “Tiger Eye Gold,” a neat looking little yellow flower with these lush little blooms that just beg to be touched—the flowers look (and feel) so…

It’s Raining. Quick, Run Outside and Garden!

It’s nearly 8PM here and it’s been raining all day, sometimes in a downpour but mostly in a drizzle. While many folks see rain and think, “Oh, no, No gardening for me today,” I’ve just finished mulching a bit more of my chop-and-drop daikon radish crop (Raphanus sativus) and a light rain has made for light…