Rake or Leave the Leaves? It All Depends

It seems that if you scratch the surface, almost any aspect of gardening can generate some controversy. On the question of leaves, controversy was apparently sparked by a post on the website of the National Wildlife Federation entitled “Why You Should Leave… Read More

The Harder They Fall – and a Garden Book Giveaway

We have just emerged from a couple of weeks of constant rainfall, sometimes accompanied by strong winds. It’s been like living in a cloud forest, but without the exotic birds and insects. This is a situation that significantly raises the risk of… Read More

To Chop, Or Not To Chop

Late May and early June are the days to cut back your tall perennials in this part of the world. I’m talking¬†about cutting back before flowering, not after. Which is to say, cutting back to achieve a more compact, bushier, and less… Read More

Embarrassing Garden Moments and Garden Book Giveaway

So my Garden Book Giveaway project has not exactly been proceeding according to schedule. Initially it was supposed to be every Wednesday, then every other Wednesday. Now it’s pretty much a random event. I think this is what physicists call entropy.  … Read More

A Little Dose of Agricultural Aggravation

So a few days ago there was an article in the New York Times about problems caused by the herbicide Dicamba.

Time for Cutting Back, Or Not

During late May and early June I spend a lot of time cutting back my perennials.

Spring Cleanup Begins

Today I cut back the dead plant material in the Sidewalk Border. It’s been another exceptionally busy spring at work and I’ve hired the same landscapers for this year who did the cleanup last season. However, I’m not sure when they’re coming… Read More

Thankful for No Leaf Blowers

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was very nice. We came up to Minneapolis, where my younger son and older brother both live, and had Thanksgiving at my brother’s house. There was a fine feast, including three kinds of… Read More

Buttoning Up the Garden

This past weekend it finally started to feel like November, with a sort of raw gray cold settling in. I realized that the available time for winter preparations was slipping away.

The Distracted Gardener Strikes Again

When I’m gardening, I like to think about the garden. Or better yet, think about nothing at all, just soak in the ambiance. This doesn’t always happen, though. Sometimes when I am gardening I’m absorbed with thoughts of other stuff, especially work… Read More