Barbolian Fields http://barbolian.com In support of useful plants and things handmade.... Sat, 06 Oct 2018 02:51:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://barbolian.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cropped-cropped-cropped-cropped-Sunflower-draw-web1-e1360434730187-32x32.jpg Barbolian Fields http://barbolian.com 32 32 Garden Chaos – The Rest of the Story http://barbolian.com/garden-chaos/ http://barbolian.com/garden-chaos/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:18:21 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7752 The rest of the story... the late summer garden has turned out nothing like what I envisioned in the spring, but in some respects, is so much more. It's hard not to get discouraged when once again, I've truly lost the battle against grass, thistle, and bindweed. Garden chaos rules, but neatness and control are so overrated, are they not? Here were my "Ah ha!" moments.

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The Return of the Bees and the Dreaded Dearth http://barbolian.com/bees-summer-dearth/ http://barbolian.com/bees-summer-dearth/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 05:12:14 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7682 The bees have returned! Yay! Here’s the whole story. And with them, responsibility. Do they have enough food? Nectar is suddenly scarce when the fruits are fruiting and the flowers are done blooming. The dreaded dearth can hit a hive harder than winter. What can you plant to ensure they make it through late summer? In this post, I list the main bee plants that we have growing right now, including the bees' favorites.

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April Garden Survey: To Do or NOT To Do… http://barbolian.com/april-garden-survey/ http://barbolian.com/april-garden-survey/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:30:33 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7596 It's another drippy day in the Pacific Northwest. What to do ... or not ...  that is the question.

April is National Gardening Month. The blogs are full of To-Do Lists on what you should be doing if you had your act together (which is making this overachiever feel like a real slacker). What is truly feasible? How to find balance? Taking an April Garden Survey is a good procrastination technique. In this post, I explain my strategy for this year's garden (and for minimizing my workload) and take a look around at what is up and blooming.

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On the Wings of March http://barbolian.com/wings-of-march/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:45:18 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7567 Walk along a soaked garden path in early March and what do you see? Raindrops, birds, insects, and the world waking up. So amazing, it drove me to write poetry. Herein a poem for March, the wondrous transformations in a garden, and the miracles of spring. They're everywhere. If we build it, they will come.

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Solexx Greenhouse Kit Sale! http://barbolian.com/sale-on-solexx-greenhouse-kits/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:45:43 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7504 [caption id="attachment_7514" align="alignright" width="350"]Solexx Conservatory kit The Solexx Conservatory kit is made for serious gardeners! Solexx Greenhouse kits are on sale through 4/15/18![/caption]

Adaptive Plastics, maker of Solexx greenhouses, is having a “tax refund” sale through April 15, 2018. As a Solexx Distributor, I'd like to pass the savings on to you. If you've been thinking about getting a greenhouse, now might be the time. In this post, I talk about how much I love ours and the pros & cons of the kit vs. the DIY route.

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Goodbye, Winter http://barbolian.com/goodbye-winter/ http://barbolian.com/goodbye-winter/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:30:26 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7471 A gallery of winter scenes from the garden. Farewell, Winter. Tomorrow is Spring!

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