As you may remember when we met here before, I had received my annual embarrassment of seed catalogues. And, instead of getting down to business and making considered choices of what plants I would be stewarding to their glorious rewards, I got mired down in the silly side-track of eccentric, amusing and just plain weird plant names. There is enough to consider without this distraction, but I cannot help it. I have always been sensitive to the names of things and the ensuing
It’s that time of year when the big event, Garden 2018, is in its nascent stages. The seed has been ordered and received. As usual, I ordered an ungodly amount. In order to make sense of all of this, I made a master list of my selections. Tomatoes, of course, are first. I have different categories that I like to raise to fulfill my different uses: Beefsteaks, Romas, Medium-size slicers and cherries--ten varieties in all. I am nuts. I shook up the selection this year an
Here we are. Right at the beginning of the payoff. The garden has been in the ground for about six weeks. For the first time, in quite a few years, I am elated by the look of things in the back yard of the Italianate on Russell St. The plants are all doing well (except the Swiss Chard *sigh*). Even the bug population seems to be a little less enthusiastic this year. I can’t figure out why, but I’ll take it. The tomatoes are really going crazy. I just spent a couple of h
Mother’s Day is that all-important marker of time for gardeners. I can pretty much always be confident that if I plant my garden the week following it, I won’t have any arctic surprises. A cold temperature emergency has happened a couple of times in the past twenty-five years, but this is an anomaly. This year, Mother Nature must have felt very good about her day. The weather after it was unbelievably accommodating. So accommodating in fact, that I worked myself to a nub
It’s been a long, successful gardening season. Each year presents a different set of conditions to deal with. And this year, as always, each positive development has its own back hand. Rain, for example, has been just wonderful this year. I have barely had to water beyond what has been provided by nature. This is where monitoring a rain gauge becomes so valuable. I know if I have an excess or shortfall to correct. Know your numbers! One inch of rain a week is ideal.