Mason Bee Harvest 2017

It is time once again to harvest the Mason Bees. One of my bee houses is full this year, the other one not so much. I’m wondering if birds helped themselves to the cocoons before they had a chance to hatch out. Last year I harvested about 100 bees. I gave...

Vegetable Harvesting

As the harvesting duties start to pile up I needed an easy way to clean vegetables before bringing them into the house for processing. Cleaning dirt out of the kitchen sink is never fun and after trying to hold the hose and the vegetables at the same time...

Fall Garden List

Welcome to those clicking over from our newsletter!  Here are more details on my top 10 'to-do's' for the Autumn.  If you didn't get this from our newsletter sign up!  It's free and we typically send newsletters about once a month. [et_bloom_inline...

Wispy, Wild, Wonderful Grasses

Traveling is an amazing way to experience many different ways to plant, plants to use, and new ideas. Reading (for those who can’t travel) is another way to be inspired. I love to read books about gardening but I also love to read magazines. One of the...

Cucamelon Harvest and Recipes

Wandering through the vegetable garden sometimes make me anxious.  There is always so much to do and remember.  Prune the tomatoes, check the tomatoes to see if they are ripe, pick the ripe tomatoes, find something to do with the excess tomatoes, find...

Hydrangea Drama Continues

In my last post, I decided (while writing it) that maybe hydrangeas were not so ‘ho hum’. In fact, I came up with so many that it should really be split into two posts so, as promised, here is the ‘rest of the story’ starting with my collection from...

Hydrangeas, Ho Hum?

At best, I have a tenuous relationship with hydrangeas.  Sometimes I love them and sometimes they seem like a boring old grandma shrub with little to bring to the garden. But just this week I was going through the upper shade garden and surprise, surprise...

Blueberries for All Seasons

As I continue to think about design in the vegetable garden I can’t help but think about the great design opportunities with the new varieties of Blueberries.   The great thing about designing with blueberries is the year-round color and growth in the...

Color in the Vegetable Garden

We have all seen great pictures and even visited designed vegetable gardens. Some great potager, or kitchen, gardens are famous for their beautiful symmetrical designs. My kitchen garden sports simple raised beds in a fairly linear design. I’m planning on...

Just Breathe

Summer is creeping up slowly. Hard to imagine that the 15th of June was raining, blowing, and 52. Sometimes you have to just wait without railing against the weather and just enjoy. Some things were very unhappy in the garden. The tomatoes think they got transplanted...

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