by amy

As I write this, the birds are chirping, and the breeze feels warm and soft, blowing in my office window. The temperatures have been above 60 degrees for weeks now, and without a calendar in sight, you might forget that …

by Jeanne

Vigilance in the garden pays off and can help you prevent insect problems later on. My husband and I let the dog run in our fruit orchard every day, and we like to walk through the orchard and look at …

margaret Being Thankful for Rain
March 19th, 2012
by margaret

This time of year the weather is finally warm enough to get outside and dig, prune, fertilize, and clear areas on our property without much sweat. All of the pent up gardening enthusiasm can be released and the reward is …

by Michele Miller

“Those bananas are rotten!” My uncle said as he walked into my kitchen. Looking on the middle of my table at the blackened, limp bananas, I had to laugh. “I want them that way,” I smiled. “They’re to make my banana …

Jeanne Pollinating Insects at Work
March 16th, 2012
bee on peach tree
by Jeanne

Spring arrived early here are our little farm.  Today we were standing near the peach trees in the orchard when my husband remarked, “The peach tree sounds like a beehive.”  Thank the pollinating insects for the sweet sound of fruit-to-be. …

amy Seed Starting Tips
March 16th, 2012
by amy

What makes me happy is watching the seeds starting to sprout in the trays on my windowsill. With all the planning and list making, it is rewarding to see my efforts have produced some tiny greens and marigolds. Growing indoors …

margaret Sowing Early Seeds
March 15th, 2012
by margaret

This strange winter is nearly over and the fluctuating temperatures (is it too soon to be warm, is it too late to be cold), are almost off our radar. While the frost free dates for our area are still weeks …

amy Winter Garden Musing
March 10th, 2012
by amy

Despite the temperatures, winter in the garden is something to look forward to. I like to leave many of the spent plants uncut, this invites the wildlife to feast on the seedheads, and hide in the stalks. When I go …

Jeanne Spring Cleaning the Garden
March 8th, 2012
by Jeanne

About two weeks ago, we took some time on a warm Sunday afternoon to do some necessary spring cleaning in the garden. One of the most important tasks we accomplished was cleaning out the bird houses. Like most country gardens …

by janet

by Janet Clark My friend Ruthy painted this sweet scene, a beautiful blue hummingbird feasting on nectar from rosy-colored flowers. I love hummingbirds, the way they flit so quickly in and out of the garden, their tiny wings moving like …

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