The previous post looked at two different pieces of information that can greatly benefit you in your plant selection: plant hardiness zone and your growing season. This is important information for gardening, but it's not everything you need to know. These tools are limited because they use data from a network of climate stations across … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 2): Microclimate
Pop quiz: What makes Earth different from all the other planets that have been discovered so far? Location. Location. Location. We happen to be in this magical Goldilocks-zone of being close enough to the sun to have warm(-ish) temperatures and liquid water—at least at some times of the year across most of the globe. And … Continue reading How cold is your climate? (Part 1) How to Find Your Hardiness Zone and Growing Season
It's fall, and it's really starting to feel like it. The first signal was when the days became noticeably shorter. Now, temperatures are dropping, and leaves are changing color. Geese are flying high in long Vs, heading south. After a hectic and scattered summer that kept me away from gardening more than I wanted or … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018: Fall Edition
There may be 2 feet of snow on the ground, but the 2018 gardening season is here! I finally ordered my seeds this week and I also planted my raised bed hoop house with greens and am hoping for an early harvest of greens like I was able to get last year. This is an … Continue reading My Gardening Goals for 2018
Someone recently asked me where they should go to get garden seeds. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where you can buy high-quality garden seed—in fact, it is more likely that you will have trouble deciding among the many options that are out there! If you’re bitten by the gardening bug, you may end … Continue reading Where can I buy gardening seeds?
When I was thinking about the past garden year, I was mainly thinking about my vegetable garden. Who knew that I would have so much to say about perennials? But I did have a lot to say, enough to make have an entire post on my perennial gardens. Now, I'll focus on my vegetable garden. … Continue reading 2016 Gardens in Review, Part 2
Last week I was feeling pretty unmotivated in the evenings and watched a lot more TV than normal. The weather was generally okay, in that cool, damp, mid-fall kind of way. Part of me wanted to go outside, but a bigger part of me was lazy and couldn't think of anything to do outside, so … Continue reading 2016 Gardens in Review, Part 1
A few years ago, I enlisted some friends to design and build two raised garden beds* for a local nursing home. The goal was to design a raised bed that would be easily accessible for elderly people who were working while standing or seated. I haven't given this a lot of thought since then, but … Continue reading Accessible Raised Garden Beds