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Garden Talk – mid-April

Looking at the garden from a distance there’s not much too see. Nonetheless, I took pictures so you can get an idea of what’s going on.

The tall blue/green is winter rye.  That’s where most of the tomato plants will go.

The low light green is mache flowering and going to seed.  (It’s hiding the winter lettuce from view.)

The light purplish haze to […]

A Tea Kettle, an Infuser That Works, Favorite Teas, and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

How’s that for a title! And I’ll bet you’re wondering what in the world it has to do with gardening.

As close as it comes to gardening is that I enjoy my tea as much as I enjoy gardening. But in spite of that, this story is just too good not to tell.

The Tea Kettle and Infuser Story

I’m a tea drinker. And […]

A Strategy to Get Work Done When You Don’t Want to Work

As you know from my last post, my garden duty each day is based around harvesting. At the same time, harvesting also takes care of checking the overall garden, pest control, and seeing what has to be done in the days ahead.

The next step is to complete at least one task that I’ve designated as a have-to-do-today task.

And finally, I work at […]

“Inputs” – What You Really Need vs. What’s Often Promoted

Its energy restored after a wintry rest, the earth is responding to the change of seasons and signs of spring are everywhere.  In a few days the birds will start to announce the change and begin the ancient pattern of renewing life.

All beings feel the change; humans included.  But most of all I think it’s felt more by those who have within them […]

The End of TMG?

Long time followers will know I’ve had a lot of computer problems over the past year.

Problems magnified again yesterday when I couldn’t get into my websites or email. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it took me most of the day yesterday and most of today to even get to the point where it might be possible to continue.

The […]

Gardening – Don’t Allow Fear of Failure to Keep You from Success

A reader wrote to me at the beginning of the year about various things. During the course of our email conversation, I asked her if she started her plants from seed.

Her answer to my question is the only part of the email that stuck with me.

She said she always bought seed, but never planted it. She was afraid it wouldn’t grow.

If […]

Vacation? Away on Business? Will You Trust Others to Tend Your Garden?

I just got an email from a friend and reader who plans to be away on vacation for 3 weeks.  She reports that tomatoes are “dripping from my vines” and “I’ll have to pay a neighbor kid to pick them — and  freeze them for me.”

From what readers tell me, it’s not unusual for folks to go away and leave their garden even […]

How’s Your Garden Doing? – Comparing Notes

It always seems advantageous to know how others are faring with plants that we’re growing in our own gardens – or with plants that we might want to grow in the future. It gives us that much more information (from the other person’s experience) to add to our base of knowledge. That can, sometimes, give us just the edge we need to help us […]

Are You a Gardener?

Kate, a friend and reader in North Carolina, wrote to me last week and entitled her email “Are you a gardener?”

She wrote the following:

My youngest daughter hired a landscape designer to draw up plans for her new little house and acre down the street from us.  So I came by for the ‘big reveal’.  I had lots of questions, and the lady […]

Gardening Advice – Who Should we Follow?

When we first develop an interest in gardening — but don’t know much about it — we pretty much follow either what we’ve seen family, neighbors, and/or friends do.  Or we go on line, Google, and see what other gardeners are doing and what they say we should do.

After doing a lot of that myself in recent years— I’m thinking that I’m very […]