Reflecting and Resting…A Welcome Quiet Period

This is the time of year I am most reflective.  When people ask over the New Year Holidays about my resolutions I answer by saying, "I don't know yet, I'll figure them out in January." Throughout this month I like to reflect on the events and experiences of the previous year while thinking forward about …

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Last out of the Garden, First in the Garden

November has brought a swift wrap-up to much of the garden.  The cold temperatures made sure all lingering warm-season edibles have bit the dust and the few cool-season edibles are no longer showing much growth. Additionally, the ornamental garden has reached its peak color and is now fading to muted form and color and will soon …

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Returning To The Garden

As I noted earlier in August, it is hard to leave the garden in late summer during the prime harvest season if you are growing food.  A type of garden anxiety disorder can be ignited while you are busy running around getting everything to a point where it will be o.k. to leave if for …

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From The Soil In San Francisco – Welcomed Guests or Unwanted Pests?

It’s summertime, the time of year during which we socialize often. Neighbors and friends gather for barbeques, families travel to visit other family members, and children congregate at each other’s houses in a summer-long “playdate”. It is the time of year when our gardens are at their peak and we’re proud to have others admire …

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Much a Do about Little Garden Mates

Let me start out with this disclaimer: This post is not photo-centric.  Instead,  it is a tale of what can happen when recruiting little garden mates. A few days ago I deemed it necessary to call in the recruits, a.k.a. garden mates, to help with some necessary garden tasks. We are preparing for an extended camping …

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Friday Fun: Planting in the Garden…

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Avert the Garden Mayhem of May! Dig, mix, plant…repeat

It's an overwhelmingly busy time of year in the garden if you live in the Intermountain West.  The temps have climbed to a moderate 60-70ish most days and the soil is warm and ready for digging. Now you may be thinking, "Well, that's what gardener's love to do so really, why the drama about it …

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As Spring advances, remember the necessities

You know what I mean right?  To a have a fabulous home-cooked meal, you have to go grocery shopping.  Or to have a favorite pair of jeans ready for the weekend you have to do laundry.  Well, it is the same with gardening.  You have to spend some time doing some of the not-so-fun necessities …

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