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Archive for January, 2012

Making Plans

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 29 Sometimes they work out and sometimes not. Usually between the planning and the execution are many small steps to be taken. We get diverted, and then, if we really want to give those plans their best chance to succeed, we come back to the path we were on [...]

Designing For Expansion and Restraint

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 23 The title of this post seems like a contradiction, but hear me out. We have a narrow lot. Although the total isn’t small by Cape Cod standards, the overall property is long and thin. This shape presents several challenges when it comes to garden design. One of the [...]

Seeing Differently

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 21 When I got up this morning it was a bit misty outside, but there was no significant precipitation as I drove into the station. Two hours later, when GardenLine ended, the snow was falling and the roads were getting slick. I was pleased to pull into my garage [...]

Of Weeds and Wake Up Calls

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 18 Currently, my most popular talk is titled “Myths, Lies, and All The Latest Dirt.” In this presentation the image below introduces a spiel about dealing with weeds. The myth/lie is, of course, that if you just buy this product you won’t have to deal with weeds. (Substitute the [...]

Still Alive

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 16 Deep in my heart, I do believe… 

Forced to Look Further

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 15 I volunteered to provide this week’s flowers for the front of the church this morning, so as usual I stopped by the supermarket to pick something up. None of the cut flowers called to me. It seemed too early for tulips, too late for mums, and the usual [...]

Easy Vs Meaning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 11 As I prepare to give a talk for the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association, I’m once again thinking about how for too long the green industry has focused on ease. Yes, I’m coming back to this again. Tonight’s focus is on how we’ve all be talking about [...]

10 Reasons To Go To New England Grows

Garden Reports – Special Report – January 10 All but one of these are true… 1. Get out of your rut. If you’re thinking that it’s all “the same old same old,” you need a new attitude. Get out now, while you have the time! Soon it will be spring, and you’ll be back in [...]

Had I Known

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 9 Had I known that this would be such a mild winter, and that we’d still have edible arugula in the vegetable garden, I would have planted more lettuce, kale, and broccoli in September. Had I known…we can all finish that sentence with any number of thoughts about being [...]

A Creative Head of Steam

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 7 I love combining visual elements. Inside and outdoors, I enjoy putting items together in unexpected ways. In the old days I worked on paper creating photo-generated collage…now it’s all 3-D. In preparation for the growing season I’m considering how to create more areas to play outside in the [...]