How To Make Garden Beds Without Too Much Fuss
6 February 2014 | 2:19 am

If you don’t want to dig and you don’t want to pile, try this. When I first started gardening, the “proper” way to prepare a garden bed was double digging. I wouldn’t recommend that for anything except really long-lived plants, like peonies and asparagus. These days many people recommend lasagna gardening or something similar. I […]

Rethinking The Front of the House
29 January 2014 | 4:21 pm

The front of our current house presents a very long surface to the road, having been added onto twice by attaching rooms to the side. It faces the most level land to be found on the entire ten acres, the front lawn. And yet, when we moved in, only a scruffy scrim of shrubbery clung […]

Gardening Books to Dream With
18 January 2014 | 8:47 pm

Pity those gardeners in warmer climes who garden all through the winter. Scarcely are the holidays over, and their hellebores are up and crocuses are showing buds. They never get to put up their feet and completely ignore what the plants are doing outside. We cold climate gardeners, on the other hand, can fully and […]

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