This is your year to garden – There’s no reason not to

I think about you. You who have never gardened. You who have tried and failed. You who have gone big and really need to see… Continue reading

There’s still work to do in Homer gardens

Editor’s Note: This is the Kachemak Gardener’s last column of the season.If fate led me to become an apple vendor I would make a slim… Continue reading

Apple tree produces fruit this year

Those of you who grow apples have scoffed at my columnar apple tree. It has been said that it isn’t a “real” apple tree. But,… Continue reading

Thank climate change for magnolia blooms in Homer

A magnolia in bloom right here at latitude 59 degrees 39 minutes north. Now that’s something to write home about. Well-known Homer gardener Shirley Forquer… Continue reading

Don’t be afraid to move your plants around

I went to a friends garden this week because she is frustrated with what she has going on. I truly think being overwhelmed by your… Continue reading

Berries bursting out all over

Where to start? The last two weeks have been so full, so interesting, so busy. And all of this in the garden. I can’t imagine… Continue reading

A garden is much more than blooms, berries

Warm temperatures and just enough rain. What gardener could ask for more? The garden has resoundingly responded. Lush. Productive. Gorgeous. In the 44 years I’ve… Continue reading

Want to be a happy gardener? Think small

Just when I think the entire world is going to hell I make an excellent discovery: a neighbor with a vegetable garden that is exactly… Continue reading

Deadhead, deadhead, deadhead

We all think about how we can make the most of our time. So there I was, considering the seed pods rapidly developing on the… Continue reading

Annuals fulfill purpose by adding color, punch to garden

I talk too much. Three times this past week I have invited interested gardeners over to look at this creation. Now, I said “interested” and… Continue reading

Your garden is about so much more than blooms, veggies

T here is more than meets the eye in a garden. Liz Johnson and I shared many a pot of tea on dark winter days… Continue reading

Who would have thought we’d be mowing lawns in April?

Please, don’t let Al Gore know how much I’m loving this March and April. I feel like I should be wearing a hair shirt and… Continue reading

Early spring is amazing

Never in the 44 years of living in Alaska have I had a garden party the first weekend of April, and there we were, with… Continue reading

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