Tag: winter gardening activities

Jan 06

Bitter cold start to the new year.

  This first week of the new year has been quite cold. We’ve had sub-freezing temperatures for more than a week and a bit of snow. The snow was mostly blown into drifts, as the winds were intense for several days in a row. Wind combined with very cold temperatures pose serious risk to …

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Jul 10

A Mid-Summer Morning

In the garden this morning. After a heat wave that lasted several days, we experienced a heavy, soaking rain yesterday. The garden is at its most lush under these conditions.   Leeks are doing well. Melons are showing an abundance of flowers, but not many fruit. Seems like a pollination issue, but the season is …

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May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

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Mar 14

First Crocus!

First Crocus by Kevin Neary First crocus, how you make my heart sing! Sunshine and warmth with you bring. Oh, harbinger of that glorious Spring! Snow and ice are melting away Light grows brighter each lengthening day. The soil grows warm and though you will not last long. Behold, you are such a welcome little …

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Feb 13

Pruning fruit trees and grafting.

I have a single Apple tree on my property. It produces an unknown variety of yellow apple. While I am partial to red apples, the fruit from this tree can be used to make applesauce, it is nothing special. If I had a press I would make apple cider….maybe in the future I will get …

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Jan 05

Winter is time for planning the coming year’s garden.

Planning for the upcoming gardening season begins in the cold winter months. Seed catalogs arrive in the mail and consideration of how much space is available for planting must be accounted for. A preview of The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a helpful guide for estimating what weather patterns may prevail throughout the coming year. …

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