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Rain, Sweet Rain

August 19th, 2015

It’s been dry here in Maine like it has been in other parts of the country. During half of June, all of July, and half of August we didn’t get much rain at all. A tenth of an inch here, a tenth of an inch there, it didn’t even add up to an inch.
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Then we got three inches in one day, which is a lot, all at once, but I’ll take it!!! It looks like we’ll have a lot of rain over the coming week, which is great because the apple trees are all wilted and drooping heavily with fruit. Hopefully my fall crops will certainly appreciate it, I’ll be out planting them tomorrow in preparation for a good rain.

How’s the rain situation in your garden?

Bring on the Weather

July 29th, 2015

One thing I always loved doing when I was younger was watching thunderstorms with my dad. We’d sit on the railing of the balcony or on the porch and watch the storms roll in. It was always so much fun. Lately, we’ve been having a lot of storms around here.
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Yesterday evening, I was standing on the front rocks watching them roll in, feeling the refreshing rain after a really hot day working in the garden. At first, I thought the storm was going to skirt up, a few giant raindrops were hitting the rocks. Then I felt the hail start pelting my head.
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My mom hates storms, she doesn’t like them one bit. In fact she was never out with us watching the light show or enjoying the thunder. Yesterday we had quite a rumbler roll through. In fact we got hail twice, once at 4:30 am, which had me jumping out of bed and running outside in my pajamas to cover up my tender seedling. The second time was right after dinner. Weather perfection!

Do you like thunderstorms? or would you rather stay safely indoors?

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion?

March 31st, 2015

You know the saying about March “In like a lion, out like a lamb”. That is not proving to be the case this year. Yesterday it snowed and snowed, then a little more snow fell. I was out visiting a friend and running errands, I almost couldn’t make it back up the driveway when I got home because it was so slick.
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The spot of bare ground in my back yard is covered over once again. At least it will melt of quickly and show itself perhaps tomorrow or the day after. I remember many an Easter egg hunt as a kid with a dusting of snow and wearing winter coats. We tend to forget that spring is almost always long in coming, perhaps the anticipation gives us amnesia.

Do you have memories of Easter egg hunts with snow and warm coats?

I Spy….

March 25th, 2015

I spy a spot of bare ground in my back yard! Of course this is a high spot in the yard and the snow blows off of it, there are still 20 or more inches of snowpack in the other areas of the garden. This is a start, the spot gets a little bigger each day. Bring on the spring thaw!
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One thing that I love to do in the spring is to watch the areas that lose snow first. These are perfect places to plant hellebores, hyacinths, crocuses, snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs. They can take any cold weather that is still to come and will add beautiful early spring color to the garden. In a few years I’ll be adding these plants to this area, perhaps this spot will become hellebore garden. If you’ve ever read The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage, you will want to start a collection of snowdrops and hellebores.

Any snow left in your garden?

Look Out BELOW

March 17th, 2015

The ice dam on the back of the house is about to let loose. I keep thinking any day now it will startle me and send the cats scurrying to find cover (which is the funniest thing). It keeps hanging farther and farther over the roofline just waiting to come crashing down.
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Thankfully they’re not as big as they could be since Mr Chiots knocked them off once already. Otherwise we’d have twice as much ice falling.
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It’s a nice reminder that spring is just around the corner!

Any last vestiges of winter in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.

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