Self-Imposed Limitations, Sustainability, and Creatively Breaking Rules

Sign Wrapped Around Corner, "Turning Point" (Click to buy at Art.com)I’ve hit a turning point. Actually, several of them. I figure if you’re lucky, you get a lot of them, because they are opportunities for growth, which, if you’re talking about a garden, is a good thing.

The turning points for me were two-fold.… Read more

Square Foot Gardening and Getting a Grip on What You Really Need

All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!

"All New Square Foot Gardening - Grow More Food in Less Space!" by Mel Bartholomew
Like “Lasagna Gardening,” this is another book that I never got around to reading, because again, I thought I pretty much had the fundamentals down. Well, now we have the “All NEW” version, full of good advice and ideas – and I’m here to tell you it’s worth a look.… Read more

Lasagna Gardening and the Great Mulch Cover-up

Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!

Seems like everyone has already read this book – except me. I put off reading / buying this book (I hate to admit this) because I figured I already “got it.” I mean, c’mon – “lasagna” is a perfect description for layers – and “lasagna gardening” immediately conjures visions of several good things layered on top of something relatively flat, the strata are repeated, and lots of garlic is infused throughout – so how can you go wrong?… Read more

Garden Planning Season

The nice thing about winter is that the wind roars, the rain pours, and all outdoors freezes over…

Jeesh – yes, I have really lost it.

I can handle darkness to a point, but right now, I am craving sunlight and warmth (and if you really loved me, you’d send me a ticket to a sandy beach where people drink fruity drinks with colored umbrellas in them…).… Read more

Garden Planning 2011: Some Successes from 2010

Shirley Falling In Love poppy bouquet

Shirley Poppies – “Falling In Love”

Hooray! Daffodils are sprouting! Almost spring! I love this time of year. The rain and wind can hammer and blow all they want – housework can pile up – the dogs can beg outside my door – I am lost in my fantasy world, visualizing Utopia (aka this year’s upcoming garden).… Read more

Buying Seeds: Garden Planning Reality Check

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Don’t you just love this? I mean, if those veggies aren’t just a little bit frightening, I don’t know what is! “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES or ELSE!”

And ha! wasn’t that incredibly irresponsible of me in my last post??? I mean, I’m talking to people quite possibly stuck in a snowbank, and I blithely (as I can do so very well) flaunt our blooming crocuses and say, “Here are some fantastic catalogs – a little retail therapy will do you good!”

Whoaa – whoaa – whoaa….Read more