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

Summer produces veritable berry heaven

The strawberries are setting fruit — again. I really am impressed by the quantity of berries that John harvested from our two beds. We haven’t… Continue reading

What a summer — birds, grands, peonies

Birds! Hummingbirds to be exact. Never ever have we had them stay around like this. Usually we catch a glimpse and are delighted, but this… Continue reading

It’s July: Garden working as it should

I regret the size of our deck, too small. The idea behind this house and garden was for the two of us to age into it.… Continue reading

Grandchildren in the garden: pure joy

For the last two weeks this garden has been put to excellent use — grandchildren. Our daughter, Andrea, came “home” with her daughters. These two… Continue reading

Rain or shine, make time for garden party

Mysterious weather. On Sunday morning, with rain threatening, I watered. Even though we had a deluge the day before the ground really isn’t all that… Continue reading

Weeding, watering: Opportunities to see what’s happening

I was recently asked a very simple question: What is the best thing happening in your garden right now? Without missing a beat I replied:… Continue reading

Four thoughts for beginning gardeners

My mind is jam packed with worry about you new gardeners. You are at the forefront of my thought process. What to do about you?… Continue reading