Organic Gardening Blogs

Chosen as one of the Top 30 Organic Gardening Blogs – March 2018

Tool I Use for Ornamental Grass Cutback, Perennial Cutback (spring or fall), Hedges

As I detailed in my post on Yaku-Jima-Japanese- Silver-Grass, it’s just about the most beautiful and carefree of the ornamental grasses. It adds charm to the landscape in all seasons and is never invasive.

I’m now in the process of cutting them back. I do a few each day, so I won’t have to “make it a job”.

To keep these grasses looking their […]

Empowering Partners

I was shocked to come round the shed on my way to the garden one day last summer to find that a huge limb had fallen.

It was not without tears that I started the clean up. I have to admit I felt a bit sorry for myself, as it was a task that I never would’ve had to do by myself if Bill […]

Easy Soil Preparation – Letting Nature “Dig” the Ground

If you want a new bed for your vegetable garden or flower garden and can’t do the deep soil preparation, you can let nature do it for you if you’re willing to wait a while.

Last summer I decided that I wanted another bed in our back meadow. There’s no way that I could fit in the deep soil preparation necessary for great success. […]

Garden Gloves

Garden gloves are one of the best gifts you could give yourself or another gardener.  Most experienced gardeners will welcome another pair of the gloves.  And for the novice — being given a pair of gloves  — there will be no excuse not to start out right.

If you’ve gardened long — you know that soil dries your skin out and causes cracking — […]

Be Prepared when You go to the Garden – Bugs and Other Stuff

One of my readers has been reading TMG since her first year of gardening.  I think this is her 3rd year. ” She’s come a long way baby” — as the saying goes.  She’s no longer out there trying to dig the dirt with her bare hands and actually has a tool now. She starts her own seed and is even selling some of […]

Mulching – A way to Increase your Yield

A reader wrote to me with an observation that I found so significant, I wanted to share it with everyone. It’s a story that vividly allows you to see what a difference mulching can make.

Reader’s Observation

During those unseasonably warm days in mid March after noticing that her peas were wilting in the heat of the day she got out her soil thermometer […]

Shovels, Spades, and other Tools – Save Money. Buy Quality.

Right after we finished up the major exhibit of Bill’s work at the end of October we set about doing some things in the yard that we had put off. Some shrubs that were not doing well and an ornamental grass that had not performed as I had hoped had to be removed.

A young fellow (about 25) had called us sometime ago to […]