Archive | August, 2013
gardening tips

Gardening Tips for Winter Spinach

It’s only a few days until September and soon many gardeners will be tucking in their gardens — so to speak — for a winter rest. They’ll content themselves with produce they’ve preserved or settle for those sometimes-questionable grocery-store veggies. (It came from where and could have been sprayed with what?) Or, budgets permitting, they’ll [...]

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Gardening vs. Nature

I live in the country, which I love. I used to live in the city, and I loved that, too. But what about suburbia? Well, suburbia can be clean and tidy and comfortable, all things I also like. But, sadly and as I’m sure you know, sometimes that cleanliness and tidiness and comfort, come at [...]

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Container Gardening: Not Just for Looks

Some people (e.g., urban gardeners) grow vegetables in containers because they have limited space. Some people grow vegetables in containers because they like the way they look. But there are other benefits to container gardening that they — and maybe you — may have overlooked. Over at Garden Therapy, they have a post on growing [...]

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Standing in America

Just this week, my husband and I were watching a program on the discovery and “conquest” of America and the subsequent changes to both the fauna (e.g., wild horses, cattle, honey bees) and flora (e.g., potatoes, apples, grapes) of the Americas. I had already read 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (which, by [...]

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Organic Gardeners: Sad News

Food writer, organic gardener, and co-author of The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange of Letters Between Two Eccentric Gourmet Gardeners, Leslie Land has died of complications of breast cancer. Ms. Land is probably best remembered for her  syndicated newspaper column “Good Food,” which she wrote for 20 years. She also wrote over 500 articles, including [...]

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Weed Control or Perennials Do It Again!

It is now mid-August and I imagine gardeners everywhere are getting a little fed up with two things: mowing and weed control. I don’t do the mowing around here, but I am (apparently) in charge of weeds. I actually enjoy a little clean-up weeding. Now and then. But . . . well, you know. And, [...]

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Garden Planning for Color in the Desert

Most gardeners like color, right? Well, yesterday’s post was — for that very reason — about perennials that bloom in the fall so everyone can keep the color going as long as possible. Well, that post was all well and good, but what about the gardeners who live in dry areas of the country or [...]

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Garden Planning for Fall Perennials

The other day, I made the comment that I used to think of coleus as old lady plants. I used to feel the same way about chrysanthemums. But I’ve changed my mind on that, too. (Funny how the older you get, the more you get where old ladies are coming from.) Now, I think of [...]

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Flower Power Returns to California

These days, you see a lot in the gardening news about planting vegetable gardens in your front lawns. (Actually, you see a lot of it here.) And it’s great and I love it and all that . . . but there’s another way you can benefit the environment (and in a number of ways): Transform [...]

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Garden News: Here They Come Again?

Don’t you just hate it when something — possibly something you’ve never even seen — practically vanishes from nature? (Needless to say, I’m ruling out things like Tyrannosaurus rex.) That’s the way I feel about the American chestnut tree. The chestnut tree was a big figure in American history. First off, at almost 100 feet, [...]

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