Now’s the time to plan what veggies you want

It isn’t all that unusual to have five inches of new snow on the first day of spring. There are two ways to cope: either … Continue reading

Christmas tree branches could save your garden

There is nothing that irritates me more than the month of March. Well, national politics but that’s only this year. March springs eternal.  I have… Continue reading

Believe it or not: Gardening season around the corner

So here it is Sunday evening at elevation 396 feet. I spent the afternoon shaking almost two feet of wet, heavy snow off shrubs. I… Continue reading

Now’s the time to assess your shrubs

This column is being written on Super Bowl Sunday. Taking into consideration that it would be impossible for me to care less about football I… Continue reading

Gardening turns to game of wait-and-see

Never ever have I had a garden take such a leisurely farewell. Well, maybe last year’s. Maybe I need to get used to leisurely.  … Continue reading

Chew on these morsels:

John and I took a lovely walk on the logging roads accessed off Knob Hill. Used now by hunters, they quickly diminish to four wheeler… Continue reading

Annuals keep color going as summer fades

I’ve been doing a lot of looking around this week, looking to see what is still in bloom, lots actually. At first I was skeptical… Continue reading

Friend saves garden from abandonment

W ho would have thought that I would have to spend a chunk of August in Detroit? That’s right, Detroit. Of all places. Detroit. May… Continue reading

Garden yields good crop of surprises

My, but I have been having fun this week. I needed to contact Janice Chumley, the integrated pest management technician at the Cooperative Extension Service… Continue reading

Gardening: Peaceful, never dull

Jade the Dog hunts red-backed voles in the perennial beds. Mayhem. Destruction. Fewer red-backed voles.      What a trade-off.  The vegetable garden is interesting… Continue reading

Homer Gardeners unveil their masterpieces

The mere mention of Impressionist painter Claude Monet brings forth, in many minds, stunningly beautiful pieces of art that capture the colors, textures, emotions, even… Continue reading

Never forget: Your garden is to use, enjoy

It’s the best: three “grands” old enough to entrust with scissors and willing to go forth and cut slugs in half. This is akin to… Continue reading

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it

I met a soon-to-be retired couple this afternoon. They are moving to Homer from Anchorage and building a new house. And one of the big questions… Continue reading

Damage control all part of gardening

Yikes. I was in Bellingham for six days.  I thought that six days wouldn’t be significant. That my garden wouldn’t miss me. Wrong.  People, you… Continue reading

Learn from Gardener’s mistakes

I’ve been fussing around with the delphiniums. Now is the time to stake these beauties, now — before they bloom and the wind tears into… Continue reading

If you have held off on planting, it’s now time to harden off seedlings

T his gardening season is off and running. Here at elevation 396 feet, I have the entire vegetable garden planted; all of the annuals have… Continue reading

Gardening should be enjoyed; pick your battles

Busy. This is the point in the gardening season that so much happens at once. We have had a long spring, very unusual, and the… Continue reading

Homer experiences rare, real spring

O, the wonder of bulbs. Over the years I have been reluctant to invest in them. There are too many variables that can lead to… Continue reading

Be ready for ‘what ifs,’ but start gardening

The very best aspect of procreation are the ensuing grandchildren. Cecilia, our 9-year-old granddaughter, has recently moved from Hidden Hills to part way up East… Continue reading

Not too early to ponder next year’s garden

I just finished a charming book: “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life” by Marta McDowell. The second half gave me food for thought. It went into detail… Continue reading