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My April, 2014 Garden Chores

March 29, 2014
IMG_9727wbHOW'S YOUR GARDEN COMING ALONG? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, my own planted place is at least ten days behind schedule. But the snow is finally melting, the Dutch bulbs are emerging, and the Chinese Witch Hazel (above) is in fragrant bloom. So it's time to begin these April garden chores: Read more »

February Gardening Fun

February 1, 2014
IMG_7581FEBRUARY brings Valentine's Day...boxes of chocolate...and lots of fun gardening jobs. For instance, winter-sowing continues outdoors no matter the weather. Then there are African violets to propagate, old seeds to test, and branches (including crabapple, pictured above) to force into glorious indoor bloom. Read more »

House & Garden Fun for January, 2014

January 1, 2014
hyacinthsI HOPE YOU'RE LOUNGING ON A BEACH IN THE BAHAMAS JUST NOW. Alas, I'm shivering in New York's Hudson Valley, where nighttime temperatures are in the single digits. And get this -- the National Weather Service says a foot of snow will arrive on Thursday. Good thing the January house and garden chores offer a hint of spring: Read more »

September House & Garden Chores

September 3, 2013
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because I plan to sip a martini while you do all of the work: Read more »

Garden Chores for July, 2013

June 28, 2013
IMG_0671TRUE CONFESSION: I wish we could spend the month of July sipping cocktails by the pool. But alas, the garden beckons. There are weeds to pull, Japanese beetles to battle, veggies to preserve, and…well, just have a look at this list of essential chores: Read more »

Garden Chores for June, 2013

May 31, 2013
IMG_3705IN JUNE, I like to stop and smell the roses (pictured above is climbing 'New Dawn'). Then I get down and dirty. After all, there are tomato vines to train. And weeds to smother. And spent flowers to deadhead. And potatoes to hill. And...well, just have a look at this list of essential chores: Read more »

Garden Chores for May

April 28, 2013
IMG_8864TAKE A TIP FROM THE NESTING ROBINS -- May isn't the month to snooze! Indeed, garden-work we accomplish now will determine the success we'll have for the rest of the growing season. Need a little guidance? I follow this routine: Read more »