Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain

Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain

I’m writing this Sunday night, its been raining all day. We actually got the wood stove going this afternoon to ease the damp chill. Excellent.… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain
Kachemak Gardener: Gardening and birds go hand in glove

Kachemak Gardener: Gardening and birds go hand in glove

There are nine lilacs on this one-third acre and they are blooming in sequence. I actually thought about that — me, who does zero garden… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Gardening and birds go hand in glove
Kachemak Gardener: ‘Plant camassia’ and other garden advice

Kachemak Gardener: ‘Plant camassia’ and other garden advice

Bear with me people: I have a thought running around in my head that needs to be released. Ready? Of all the great minds out… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: ‘Plant camassia’ and other garden advice
Kachemak Gardener: Pondering the mystery of a suffering vegetable garden

Kachemak Gardener: Pondering the mystery of a suffering vegetable garden

The vegetable garden is suffering and I don’t know why. You would think that with over 45 years of gardening experience here in the Far… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Pondering the mystery of a suffering vegetable garden
Kachemak Gardener: Be bold but prudent in pruning

Kachemak Gardener: Be bold but prudent in pruning

There is a rosa rubrifolia/glauca in the corner of the East Garden that puts on an excellent show mid-summer. The blooms are understated but the… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Be bold but prudent in pruning
Kachemak Gardener: Stay at home with weeding, cultivating and bird song

Kachemak Gardener: Stay at home with weeding, cultivating and bird song

Tall, sturdy fences, in the land of moose, are something to be grateful for. There is a new subdivision behind the high school that has… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Stay at home with weeding, cultivating and bird song
Kachemak Gardener: Spring is definite, and full of promise

Kachemak Gardener: Spring is definite, and full of promise

There certainly isn’t anything subtle about this year’s spring. Granted, here in the Far North spring is a remarkably short season but this one is… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Spring is definite, and full of promise
Kachemak Gardener: Don’t be daunted by your vegetable garden

Kachemak Gardener: Don’t be daunted by your vegetable garden

Where to start. Methinks that you are focused on food production although I’m thinking intently about perennials. You win; here we go. Take a good… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Don’t be daunted by your vegetable garden
Kachemak Gardener: Over-the-top and charming, African violets are blooming

Kachemak Gardener: Over-the-top and charming, African violets are blooming

This was the perfect afternoon to freshen up the African violets. These lovelies bring me so very much pleasure. This is the time of year… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Over-the-top and charming, African violets are blooming
Kachemak Gardener: Will a pandemic inspire you to plant a vegetable garden?

Kachemak Gardener: Will a pandemic inspire you to plant a vegetable garden?

So, a pandemic. Is this what it will take to convince you to plant a vegetable garden? A well thought out vegetable garden, not a… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Will a pandemic inspire you to plant a vegetable garden?
Kachemak Gardener: Here are some random thoughts on gardening

Kachemak Gardener: Here are some random thoughts on gardening

Having crossed the threshold of my seventh decade I will be doing a few things differently. The one that you may want to take note… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Here are some random thoughts on gardening
Kachemak Gardener: Until next year …

Kachemak Gardener: Until next year …

Rosemary Fitzpatrick is a longtime Homer gardener and has been writing Kachemak Gardener since 1990.… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Until next year …
Kachemak Gardener: Why wait for a crisis to help out in each other’s gardens?

Kachemak Gardener: Why wait for a crisis to help out in each other’s gardens?

So there is my friend Nancy and she has hit a bump in the road. That would be enough for me but she was concerned… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Why wait for a crisis to help out in each other’s gardens?
Dwarf Korean lilac, dwarf red twig dogwood, Miss Kim lilac, full size dogwood and a Shubert chokecerry fill out the space by the Kachemak Gardener’s balcony in this photo taken Oct. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Your garden is for you, so take pleasure in it every day

For the past three years I have subscribed to “The English Garden.” Each and every issue is packed with dazzling photos of impeccably designed and… Continue reading

Dwarf Korean lilac, dwarf red twig dogwood, Miss Kim lilac, full size dogwood and a Shubert chokecerry fill out the space by the Kachemak Gardener’s balcony in this photo taken Oct. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jane Wiebe)

Kachemak Gardener: Arrival of fall brings relief after frenetic summer

After the most frenetic summer within recent memory the slow but sure arrival of fall is a relief. This week has been spent turning the… Continue reading

Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jane Wiebe)
Kachemak Gardener: Garden journal helps map out next season

Kachemak Gardener: Garden journal helps map out next season

This latest rainfall has been a boon. Once again the weeds are easily removed instead of chiseling them out from rock hard soil. And there… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Garden journal helps map out next season
A window flower box at the Kachemak Gardener’s home shows waning begonias but enthusiastic pansies and lobelia on Sept. 6, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Take time to smell the roses

Now that the harvest season is winding down, I have more time to actually cook with what I’ve grown. I know that sounds strange —… Continue reading

A window flower box at the Kachemak Gardener’s home shows waning begonias but enthusiastic pansies and lobelia on Sept. 6, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Kachemak Gardener:	Let the garden thrive and have its head

Kachemak Gardener: Let the garden thrive and have its head

Smoke. Hornets. Late summer head cold. Local corn: $5/ear. Porcupines. Inexplicably pink Yukon golds Good Grief! But then again, the Dropmore honeysuckle is gorgeous to… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener:	Let the garden thrive and have its head
Green Globe artichokes thriving and soon to be harvested on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in the Kachemak Gardener’s home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Weather is scary but artichokes are fabulous

Of all the years to run out of lettuce it had to be this one. There has been a steady stream of family and friends… Continue reading

Green Globe artichokes thriving and soon to be harvested on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in the Kachemak Gardener’s home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Cottage pinks, asiatic lilies, heuchera, thalictrum, all happily cohabitate in a very unplanned perennial bed at the Kachemak Gardener’s garden in this photo taken on July 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Fast and Furious gardening season has been quite a ride

FAST AND FURIOUS. That’s what this growing season is handing us, the first one the likes of this that I can recall in my 47… Continue reading

Cottage pinks, asiatic lilies, heuchera, thalictrum, all happily cohabitate in a very unplanned perennial bed at the Kachemak Gardener’s garden in this photo taken on July 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
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