Snake Sighting in the Heirloom Apple Orchard

It was so warm today, I went out looking and sure enough, saw this little dude (or dudette). S/he lives somewhere near the Rosa rugosa in the heirloom apple orchard. Advertisements

Bumbling Around on Monday

I’m indoors mostly today, sadly, with lots of boring house chores to finish, but the weather is beautiful (if a little chilled) so we’ve opened the windows and set about our tasks. I did manage to get out for a little bit this morning though and saw this fellow/gal bumbling around the flowering cherry tree….

Why On Earth Would You Do This To Your Yard?

Being the First Part of an Update for Fall Despite living and gardening on Main Street, SoBo, just a few blocks from churches, an upscale neighborhood, local government offices, downtown restaurants and businesses, I confess that our yard has, over the months, at times, just a little bit, to some people’s eyes, looked, well…a little…

Maybe It’s Mayhaws

Are any of my Southern gardener friends out there growing Mayhaws? Crataegus sp. is one fruit-bearing member of the Rosacea family I don’t have; I’m pretty well-stocked on apple varieties, have a hawthorne (Crataegus azarolus) yet to plant, and just added “Jubilee” Rosa rugosa from Burpee (also, yet to plant). Ison’s Nursery out of Georgia is…

The End Game of Gardening

It’s the Simple Pleasures This morning, I took a break from stacking wood to make myself a snack. I pulled a persimmon out of the fridge, two slices of rosemary toast from the oven, and green tea with honey from the microwave. As I sat at our kitchen table in the winter morning sun it occurred to me that…

A Drop in the Rain Barrel

A Small Success We just enjoyed about 16 hours of rain and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’d just about emptied our “rain barrels” in recent weeks watering in all the new trees, vines, and bushes I’ve planted (72!). Now I have 96 gallons of fresh, nitrogen-rich rain water ready for several weeks…

Mighty Fine Tiny Pines

Not Just for Berries So, perhaps everybody knows that berry bushes tend to love acidic soil, especially blueberries, and the No. 1 way we’re told to acidify the soil is to add pine needles and/or peat moss. Peat’s not terribly sustainable, but pine needles are everywhere around here, so I thought I’d add some to the…

Strawberries 2 lbs for $5; how about 25 lbs for the same price?

Strawberries Are a Good Investment I saw this sign at the grocery store yesterday, and took a picture because we’re about to add more strawberry plants to our yard and garden. 2 pounds of strawberries for 5 bucks is, I guess, a good deal, but consider: how far those strawberries travelled to get here how long they…

Something Most Folks Don’t Do With Their Fruit Trees; Plus a Newsletter!

I’d never paid attention to this. You? I had the great pleasure this morning to give my wife a brief tour of our developing home orchard. I’m not gonna lie—I’m proud of it, imperfect as it surely is. As I explained to her the varieties and cultivars, the flavors we could expect, their flowering times and pollination…

Ten Minutes in the Garden—Snakes and Compost

It’s important to get out of the garden, too Spending all my free time in the garden is a joy, for sure, but it’s still good to go off site and interact with people sometimes, too. Even if I’m not always sure what they need to grow, if they’re thirsty, what companions they need to thrive, or…

Don’t Forget to Mulch

Keep Those Roots Moist Like I wrote on Instagram, winter dryness isn’t just about your elbows and hands—roots need to stay moist, too! There’s a decent chance of rain for tomorrow, but I still watered the newly planted trees this morning. I gave each one about a 20-second pour from the watering can with our…