Winter bird watching

Snow is blanketing much of the country by now, and threatening most of the rest of us. Just because the summer birds have headed for warmer climes, and your gardening projects are mostly put on hold for the winter, doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty of...

Going Verticle: Making the Most of Small Spaces

Do you have a tiny yard? How about a yard that is mostly covered in shade during the day? Do you think you can’t have a garden because there isn’t enough room? If you have any space at all in your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight (more is, of...

Winter sowing: Part 1

Some weeks ago I promised I would explain the principle behind winter sowing. I can hear you all now, “Winter sowing, what’s that all about?” It’s a great, super inexpensive way to start lots of healthy seedlings OUTSIDE. There’s no need...

Prepare your pond for winter

This weekend I pulled my fish out of the pond for the winter. They could have wintered over with a little extra care (like a pond heater to keep a spot open in the ice, or a bubbler for the same purpose, this allows an oxygen exchange for the fish), but I opted to...
Add some fall color for the future

Add some fall color for the future

November is here and fall is racing toward winter with every-increasing speed. My few tiny trees are hanging onto their leaves, but the neighborhood is awash in red and golds as the last of the leaves are changing color. If your yard is looking a little humdrum, this...