If you follow the winding path from Santa’s castle down past the stables where the reindeer live, then walk toward a little grove of pine and fir trees, you’ll find a tiny potting shed with an attached greenhouse nestled amongst the trees. Inside it's warm and bright and full of activity because this is where the Christmas Cottontail lives and works! He and his helpers are quite busy these days preparing for his Christmas Eve responsibilities. Some of his helpers are as busy as bees, because … [Read more...] about The Christmas Cottontail Hard at Work
Thanksgiving Advice From The Thanksgiving Thumper
Here we are at Thanksgiving.It should be a day to reflect on what we are thankful for, to rest and relax before we begin the next holiday season, to spend some quality time in the garden in autumn.But some people won’t rest and relax. They will pull out that big, thick stack of ads that came with the morning paper and start plotting their shopping strategy for Black Friday. Others will jump up from the table after eating and begin pulling out boxes and bags of Christmas decorations, sweeping … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Advice From The Thanksgiving Thumper
Are You Ready?
Are you ready for the Halloween Hare to visit your garden?Did you set aside a few pieces of candy to appease him when he makes his midnight witching-hour call on your garden?What will he find? Or rather what will he not find? And if he doesn't find what he's looking for - oh the horror! WHAT WILL HE DO TO YOUR GARDEN??For those who are now confused or who've never heard of the Halloween Hare, here is some background information:According to ancient gardening legend, the Halloween Hare hops from … [Read more...] about Are You Ready?
Late Green Beans
On this day of the Autumnal Equinox, which occurs at 5:18 EDT, what is the state of your vegetable garden? Choose one:(a) I’m still picking a lot of vegetables from it and it will take a hard frost to knock it down.(b) I’ve given up on it, pulled all the plants out and threw them on the compost pile. It’s just bare ground now.(c) It’s doing pretty good. I’ve managed to pull out the non-producing plants, but I'm still picking peppers, a few tomatoes, a little bit of squash and a good crop of late … [Read more...] about Late Green Beans
Bountiful Bunny Helps A Gardener
Once up a time, there was a gardener named Sunny who had a beautiful garden.Sunny had carefully picked all the plants for her garden so that from early spring to late fall there were always perennials, biennials and annuals blooming. She had planned it so that the paths gracefully lead visitors through the garden from one surprise to another. It was almost magical how the dappled shade of the trees seemed to always be in just the right spot. And when anyone stood in the garden with their eyes … [Read more...] about Bountiful Bunny Helps A Gardener
Where Are They?
There are a few things missing from my garden this season, including…Phlox paniculata ‘Crème de Menthe’. At one time, this was one of my favorite perennials, but it disappeared completely this year. Last year, it was very undersized and I knew it was fading. I probably should have moved it at that time, given it more space and more care, and then I might still have it. I have no idea where I’ll get a replacement plant.Umbels. Right, we covered them a few days ago, about how my zealous hoeing … [Read more...] about Where Are They?