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 floppy plant.

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.   However, all is not lost. For today we are giving away another garden …

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 and I was getting itchy fingers. There will still be work for them …

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 homemade pie: apple, pumpkin, and pecan. There’s snow on the ground in Minneapolis, …

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 stuff. Frequently this involves reenacting conversations that could have gone better, with me …

Gardener, Spare That Stem!

Do you ever wonder if it is better to clean up the garden in fall or wait until spring? Well, stop wondering. Garden clean up in spring is far better – that is, if you want your garden to be full of birds, bees, butterflies, and other beautiful or helpful creatures.

Sunday Garden Miscellany

Caterpillar Vindication. Psychologists have determined that there are three kinds of personalities: those who are motivated by their own sense of what is right, those who seek the approval of other people, and those who seek the approval of caterpillars. I am in the third group.