Right Plant, Right Place.

As I'm mentally getting my lists together of the plants I'll need to buy this season, minding the color schemes and heights needed, the things I ought to replace and new things I want to try, I'm always reminded by the voice in my head telling me to Mind the Gap. No, just kidding, its… Continue reading Right Plant, Right Place.

Putting on a better show.

I'll admit to being the kind of gardener that isn't overly concerned with having chock-a-block blooms all season long. I'm more than happy with the ebb and flow of blooms throughout the season. When you pair that with the natural inclination of plants that are happiest in our soils to bloom more in July and… Continue reading Putting on a better show.

Apples & Orchards.

When we moved into this place, we knew we wanted to get some apple trees in straight away. 3 years is a long time to wait for fruit and we didn't want to make the wait any longer. That was 2014, we bought three varieties at a local tree farm- McIntosh, Wealthy, Cortland and planted… Continue reading Apples & Orchards.

February Sucks.

Well, I'm looking out the window by my computer as the first flakes of the predicted 18" of snow start falling. You can't possibly expect me to be polite about it. I've done all the planning I can stand. The last seed order I placed was perfunctory and totally lacking the thrill of previous orders.… Continue reading February Sucks.

Shed-storming.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin One of the things I love about winter (there aren't many, it is a very short list!) is that it gives me a full 4 months for research, marinating, and general idea rumination. This is both a blessing and a curse, but at the end of the day I think… Continue reading Shed-storming.

The Herb Potager.

Bet you can't guess which area I'm talking about! Sometimes, I find, it takes a while to come up with a suitable plan for an open space. And by 'a while' I usually mean something close to 15-18 months. At that rate, we should be done in about another 25 years? But in all honesty,… Continue reading The Herb Potager.

Making Plans for 2018.

So this year was to be the year of no new projects. Which then became the year of no new *big* projects. Which is now the year of a whole bunch of random small-ish projects. Our resolve is astounding, don't you think? Anyway, here's what's on deck for the coming year: The dead space between… Continue reading Making Plans for 2018.

Planning for the New Year

Selecting new varieties, remembering what worked (and didn't) last year, and tips for wading through the stacks of seed catalogs. So, its January 2018. Here, in Wisconsin, is is cold (subzero kind of cold), snowy, and there is nothing to do in the garden but stare at it and start making mental notes of all… Continue reading Planning for the New Year