Blooming

Since the first frost that killed the last of the summer zinnias,  there have been no flowers in my garden. In the fall I seeded snap dragons, chrysanthemums, linaria, and poppies. They have grown slowly between the hard frosts, at least bringing the green of plant life to the empty flower beds, but no flowers, …

Garden Love

I love my winter garden right now. It is a place of brilliant color,  where all the cares of the world fall away in the midst of the rows of singing green. These plants know me,  they have known me since the whole of their being rattled around in my palm as I sowed seeds…

Roasted Radishes, 3 Different Ways

I guess it’s cold when you turn the tap on in the morning,  and you get a cup of ice, and that’s only after it’s had some time to thaw.   In some ways it’s hardship out here in the cold, but at the same time i feel much stronger and healthier than when we lived…

Building A Garden

I love,  more than anything else about gardening, watching the garden grow. Even before the uncertainty of putting small seeds into earth,  and waiting, there is the dreaming, where long straight rows of vigorous vegetables grow in the fertile imagination.  I’ve tried different gardening methods over my seasons of gardening in the past 10 years, …

The Mid-Summer Garden

        It is a true law of nature that when things are at their peak of vibrancy, they are just about to begin to decline.  Here we are at a point of mid summer – not solar midsummer, but the middle of the season of summer, when bugs, heat, and frequent rains…

A Garden Interview With Tom Wootton

  I recently met Tom Wootton at a Grow Gainesville meeting, and was so excited to meet another person who has actually read Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One-Straw Revolution, (so many of my non-garden friends sort of glaze over when I talk about this book) and has been putting ideas into practice!  We connected over a…

Lost In The Garden Creamed Corn

  I don’t take gentle, evening strolls through the garden, admiring the neat rows.  I’m not that kind of gardener.  Sometimes I wish I was, but then I get too busy with the dairy animals in June, the peak cream season, and if we are still in no want of vegetables to fill the table,…

In The Garden: Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

            Finally something other than squash and cucumbers in the garden!  The sweet corn is ready! I have missed sweet corn fresh from the garden!  I haven’t planted any for the past couple of years.  I have to get it in early if I am going to plant it, so…

In The Garden: The Zucchini Has Escaped

  I love the early summer garden, before the pests, heavy rain storms, and incredible heat set in.  The garden is easy and productive now, and the weeds and bugs feel under control. However, productivity CAN have some drawbacks! We were gone at the Florida Folk Festival over the weekend, and in only a few…

A Garden Interview With Tim Noyes

I recently met Tim Noyes at a Third Monday Meeting, and discovered he was a kindred gardener who also gardens with the same “above organic” standards that I pursue.  I  was so impressed with his knowledge of heirloom vegetable varieties, and the amazing tomatoes he brought to share! “I have been gardening for 8 years. …

Early Summer Garden 2017

                    The summer garden is at that lovely and anticipating time when flowers are blooming and fruits are ripening.  I didn’t really have time for it, but I planted lots of flowers – zinnias, hollyhocks, Tithonia, marigolds and cosmos in the flower beds in front of…

Welcoming Summer

This week brings some very, very busy days in the garden.  Our garden is almost a full acre, but parts of it are always left fallow.  The size of the garden/fallow area is up to how busy or ambitious I am during planting-time.  This year we have plans to cultivate most of the garden space. There’s…