The Garden Scout – Update No. 1

Feb 9, 2018 | 18

Hello friends! Long time no see. I know…I’ve taken a temporary hiatus from writing due to an incredibly busy school year, a new job, and a mountain of garden work to prepare for the upcoming spring. My seed orders have been placed and new beds have been planned. Overall, I…

Designing A Four-Season Garden

Designing A Four-Season Garden

Dec 14, 2017 | 8

I don’t know about you, but I like a garden that changes throughout the seasons. I find the suburban plantings that only use evergreens for “year-round interest” boring. A certain percentage of the plants in my garden are evergreens, but I don’t overplant. Like the old mantra says, “everything is…

My Secret Weapon For Identifying Warblers

Dec 8, 2017 | 2

Warblers. The mere mention of that particular type of bird used to annoy me. At my house, they’ve been labeled as the “feathered phantoms,” because of their jittery movements and the fact that they NEVER stick around long enough to be identified. Oh, the frustration! I was about to give…

Cultivating Life // What Drives You To Garden?

Nov 10, 2017 | 11

Cultivating Life // What Drives You To Garden? Me cutting some Sulphur Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus) and Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia ‘Torch’) in my cut-flower patch. The white “blob” in the background is my hoophouse. I was visiting with a friend the other day when they asked me a challenging question. Why…

Make Your Own Cane Syrup: Tips and Thoughts From A First-Timer

Nov 5, 2017 | 0

Make Your Own Cane Syrup: Tips and Thoughts From A First-Timer As the season winds down and frosts start to threaten my garden, I remembered my sugarcane, neglected as it was, still growing on the far end of my vegetable garden. I’m at the top of its growing range (a little…

My Permaculture Plot: First Thoughts

Oct 16, 2017 | 7

For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about edible gardening. When I initially started my vegetable garden as a first attempt to produce food, I was all in. I started out practicing an organic, no-till vegetable gardening. It was a new, lower maintenance style of edible gardening for me…

Popcorn, Anyone?

Oct 13, 2017 | 2

Have you ever been driving down the road, minding your own business, when something catches your attention? SCREECH! Goes the car as you slam on the brakes. You’ve just seen a plant that you’ve heard about for years, but up until now, never seen it in person. This happened to…

The Benefits of Carrying a Field ID Guide

Oct 9, 2017 | 0

What comes to mind when I speak the term, “field identification?” What I personally think of is taking a walk around on the edge of the woods, ID guide in hand, naming all of the plants or bugs that I pass by. Even though this is technically field identification, there…

Plant Sales: Considerations + Advice

Oct 9, 2017 | 2

Dear Friend and Gardener, I want to tell you about one of the most terrifying moments in the gardening season for me. PLANT SALES! “Why is that something to be scared of? It’s just a plant sale!” Just a plant sale, heh. Plant sales can both be thrilling and scary.…