Late Season Flowers

And Good For Pollinators Too Aside from the beautiful fall foliage colors there's not much color elsewhere.  Chrysanthemum seems to be abundant in autumn but I’m not a fan of it.  I associate it with mourning.  It’s commonly used in funerals and to arrange on a wreath.  So, I don’t plant chrysanthemum in our garden.... Continue Reading →

What’s Left

Late Autumn Did we really have a summer?  Briefly.  Most of the leaves are gone now and the plants are ready to take a rest.  But some plants in the garden are still pushing out their last show of the season.  I envy some of them when I do garden chores in a sweatshirt in a... Continue Reading →

Flowers For Bees

Let Herbs Flower Since I started keeping honey bees, the decision on what plants to add to our garden factors in the honey bees as one of the reasons.  I used to think of fragrant, native, butterfly and bird friendly as reasons to choose a plant.  Flowers that butterflies love is not necessarily good for... Continue Reading →

Spring Vegetable Garden

Sprouting Time After a long wait for fresh backyard salad, I can hardly stop myself from sowing seeds in the vegetable garden.  As soon as the soil softens, judged by seeing weeds coming up, I put Arugula, Radish (Cherry Belle and French Breakfast), Pak choi, Mizuna, Kale, Swiss chard, Scallion, Lettuce, and Broccoli Raab in.   The... Continue Reading →

Mix and Match

For a Better Effect and Benefit It doesn't matter how much space we have for our vegetable garden, it's never enough.  We just expanded our fenced in vegetable garden from 16' x 16' to 16' x 22' this year but I'm still looking for space to put many more seedlings that have sprouted up.  I've... Continue Reading →

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