Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that don’t cost time or money to install every spring. Just like mulch they help retain soil moisture, and they keep weeds from crowding in. Ground cover also provides an extra…

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

I’m always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I will learn and what will inspire me to something else, is endlessly satisfying.  So when my friend Patrick recently inquired on another post… “Have gardeners incorporated moss species into their creations, whether they be Celtic…

Taking Stock in the Garden

Taking Stock in the Garden

You win some you lose some. I’ve been focussing too much lately on where I am losing (I beat the woodchuck in my veg garden, only to have a bunny from hell move in). I also had a solenoid in the sprinkler break and I realized too late to save some sun-singed plants in that…

Moles, Voles, Grubs & and Japanese Beetles – An Organic Pest Smackdown

Moles, Voles, Grubs & and Japanese Beetles – An Organic Pest Smackdown

I’ve got troubles and I have to admit I feel a little silly that it has taken me so long to sort them out. I’ll start at the beginning.  Two springs ago my front lawn didn’t come back after the winter.  And not only was it completely dead, it felt funny to walk over (weirdly squishy…

Garden Gallery: Higashimokoto Flower Park in Hokkaido, Japan

Garden Gallery: Higashimokoto Flower Park in Hokkaido, Japan

Are your phlox blooming yet?  In new England we are not quite there yet….but in Japan, well that is a different story. This is Higashimokoto Flower Park in Hokkaido, Japan and this is what it looks like from mid May-mid June.  I came across it today as I was looking for more information about moss…

Inspiration: Not Gardens – Knot Garden by PEG

Karen M’Closkey and Keith Vandersys of Peg OLA have been making interesting projects with the use of parametric software and laser cut weed fabric.   Patterns are precut to customized designs which are then laid out on site and seeded.   The inexpensive and relatively easy installation and maintenance are helping them to create interesting landscape features.     I…

Korean No- Mow Grass

I am eager to fix my front lawn this season.  My plan is to get a new lawn established before the weeds even think about growing, and with that in mind I seeded yesterday.  It happens that even though much of my grass is still buried in a lot of snow — the area that…

Hoar Frost & Winter Gardens

Have you ever heard that bit about their being lots of Eskimo words for snow? True or not, it is a fact that we more commonly use words for things we experience commonly.  So I offer that as an explanation for why I (at least) haven’t really ever heard of hoar-frost.  Frost has always just been…

Bulb Lawns

I’m filing this under – Things I Wish I Had Done Last Fall.   I love me a good flowery mead and given that I have a dead front lawn, (soon to be revived this spring)- this would have been all the easier. I never thought about how much more effective it would  be to…

Cut Grass Art by Steve Messam

Cut Grass Art by Steve Messam

I’m really having a tough time getting back to my normal rhythm after vacation.  Does that happen to you? It doesn’t help that in addition I have been working feverishly on the next issue of Leaf (did you read the summer issue?)  that will come out in September and (..and this is just as big…) my little…

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