Garden Chores for March, 2015

February 27, 2015
IMG_2683What do I do for my garden in March? Well, if the ground is frozen and covered with a foot of snow, I simply mix up a double martini and wait for better weather. Otherwise, I get down and dirty with the following chores: Read more »

Perennials and Hardy Annuals I’ve Successfully Winter-Sowed

February 15, 2015
IMG_9473Happy day-after-Valentine's Day, everyone! The Hudson Valley looks and feels like Narnia right now, with snow, blowing snow, and wind-chill temperatures in the dangerous digits (-10°F to -20°F). Can you blame me for wanting to write about...flowers? Read more »

How to Transplant Winter-Sown Seedlings

February 11, 2015
IMG_3117Not sure how to transplant winter-sown seedlings? Worried the young plants will become root-bound in their milk-jug prisons? This post is for you! Read more »

Your 2015 Winter-Sowing Project

January 28, 2015
036How's your winter-sowing coming along? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the half dozen miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with links to articles that explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

January 24, 2015
029My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

November 30, 2014
IMG_2027One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »

Yard Work: Leaf-Mulching the Rose Beds

November 14, 2014
IMG_0427"Leave the garden in autumn the way you wish to find it in spring" is one of those annoying old sayings that makes perfect sense. Alas, here in New York's Hudson Valley, we never know when the first snow will fall. And if the snow falls before the leaves do, well, we're totally screwed until spring. Here's what I've managed so far: Read more »