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First Potatoes

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 31

We dug our first potato crop for 2011 this afternoon. Because the red potatoes always mature most quickly, we pulled the first plant in the row and were rewarded by finding many tubers, small and large.

I sliced the largest thinly using a Mandoline slicer, and layered […]

Zucchini Season

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 29

Got zucchini? If your plants are producing, I have three words of advice: Pick them small. Be it green or yellow, summer squash can transform from tiny to baseball bat sized overnight.

One day you’re looking at the plant thinking, “Oh great…baby squash!” and the […]

The Smell of Childhood Summers

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 27

I’ve never met someone who hated Queen Anne’s lace. I’m sure that they are out there, but most people I run into love this flower. Visitors to my garden see the Ammi majus and say, “I just love Queen Anne’s lace.”

The true roadside weed, Daucus carota, […]

Where Wisdom Grows

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 25

Everything is connected to everything else. This was a frequent theme of my “Report From Poison Ivy Acres” posts, and was in my mind again today. If you want proof that all is linked, go into the garden. If you want to think about your life as […]

Wall of Fun

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 24

A huge thank you to all who sent in funny garden shots. I still have more to add to the wall…the response was so great that my printer ran out of ink. So if you don’t see the photo you sent here, it’s just because I had […]

Forgotten Coffee

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 22

I went out to the garden yesterday morning intending to take a quick look before leaving for work. The next thing I knew my cup was abandoned and I had a fist full of weeds in my right hand and a bunch of cleome flowers that I’d […]

Just For Fun – Part 2

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 21

The Fairy Gardening Festival is this weekend at Country Garden and I spent the day creating a walk through display. Such gardens are fun to create because you don’t have to consider the normal constraints of spacing or exposure…when creating a fantasy garden the designer is free […]

What’s In A Name?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 20

Four years ago, when I knew I was moving from my garden of 16 years, I dug most daylilies that were on the property and potted them before we put our house on the market. I labeled them with numbers so that I could group like varieties […]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 19

Breakfast this morning was plain yogurt, walnuts, homemade granola and freshly picked blueberries and raspberries. Superfoods. Blueberries, oats, walnuts and yogurt are included in common lists of foods that good for your health.

I think that what makes my breakfast super is the fact that I spent […]

Drastic Cuts

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 17

I’m into my fourth summer at Poison Ivy Acres, and this means dealing with plants that have put in the wrong place. Planting that ‘Morning Light’ Miscanthus in the entry garden seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that it’s larger, however, I see that […]