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Now’s the time to plan for next year’s garden

veg garden shadow

Well, it’s time to think about next year’s garden. I can hear what you’re thinking: But Erin, you haven’t even finished cleaning up this year’s garden! Aren’t you still trying to get a fence up around the vegetable garden this year? Have you even found all the tools you stranded in the garden yet? And […]

Friday Finds: Moments in the garden

Serkan dahlias and Nicotiana

Well here we are, on the eve of Labor Day weekend in the U.S., the date many people think of as the end of summer. Well there will be none of that here! The garden is still going strong (although everything is a little beat up after our heavy rains) and I have a lot […]

Hydrangea heaven: An ode to a great shrub

hydrangea corridor

My appreciation for shrubs grows deeper every year as I appreciate the low-maintenance aspects of them and new, improved shrubs of all shapes and sizes are released every year.  Hydrangeas are not unique. In fact they are so popular that even professional plants people will admit they get a little sick of them. But more […]

A trellis magic trick: Turn one into three

new trellis

Awhile ago I read that plants abhor copper and that it actually inhibits vines from growing up it. I wish I could remember where, but it probably doesn’t matter because I now think this is unfounded at best and bullpucky at worst. I can’t find any scientific sources to suggest that’s actually the case. But […]

THE GOOD AND THE NOT-SO-GOOD OF A NEW GARDEN

 It’s a good time for reflecting on the gardening year, and I’ve learned to be a little tougher on the gardener (me) and the gardens when it comes to analyzing what worked and what didn’t. There are no perfect gardening seasons, so I try not to allow myself to make excuses because of the weather. […]

A NEW GARDEN BEGINS TO GROW

It’s been a while since I updated you on the progress of the circle garden, but it’s really coming along. The brief history of this garden, which sits right by the front door, is that it was a weedy patch of dirt with a few perennials in it when we bought the house. I resurrected […]

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

It’s an amazing time in the garden. Plants seem to be growing with reckless abandon and we are at that stage when things look lush but not overgrown. Every day something new is flowering, but plants still aren’t battered by hot sun or too much slug damage, although with the amount of rain we’ve had […]