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Winter Garden

March 12th, 2018

The garden can be a bleak place in the winter and when you live in an area where it’s winter for at least half of the year, you want to make sure there’s something interesting in the garden during those winter months. The easiest thing to add to the garden for color and beauty during the winter months is red twig dogwoods.

I took this photo last week before the big nor’easter hit. These shrubs are lovely when it’s dreary and gray outside and they’re even more stunning when there’s snow on the ground. I like to prune my back every year because the new growth is the deepest red. You can also find yellow version of this, but I don’t have any of those in my garden quite yet. Around there, the deer don’t eat it either, which is a big bonus since they mow down everything else.

What’s your favorite plant for winter interest in the garden?

Grow Light Garden

March 5th, 2018

Now that it’s almost time to start planting things directly in the ground outside, I have my indoor winter grow light garden going in full swing.

I’ve been harvesting greens for salads each evening, along with lots of cilantro and arugula for breakfast.

I water every Sunday with a diluted liquid kelp fertilizer, it seems to be keeping the greens growing nicely and producing lots of fresh leaves each week.


Grow light space will become quite limited soon, this past weekend I started four flats of onions and three half flats of other things (celery, fennel, and flowers).

What’s under your grow lights this week?

Knock, Knock, Knock

February 21st, 2018

We’ve been having fairly warm weather, which means the snow has melted off leaving some bare ground. I think this time of year is rather ugly, but the birds get really excited. They spend their days scratching around on any thawed portion of earth they can find. Once they’re done with that they come hang out on the stoop waiting for me to give them some food.

I’d rather they not do this, as they leave little gifts all over the front walkways. This weekend I plan on putting up a few electric fences to not only keep them contained, but to protect them from the foxes that will start trying to nab them here soon.

What’s happening on your front porch this week?

Friday Favorite: February Light

February 9th, 2018

We have reached that point where we have over 10 hours of sunlight once again here in Maine. I start monitoring the daylight hours in mid-January. One thing I love about February is the light. The days are longer and you can tell and the sun is still at a low angle in the sky. The result is that the house is bright, noticeably brighter than it is in December & January.


I wait to do yoga until the middle of the afternoon, so I can do it in the sun as is streams in through the windows. You’ll find my working on my laptop throughout the house, following the sun as it moves around. Living in the north will make you a sun seeker in the winter.

What’s the light situation like in your area? Do you live in an area with changing day lengths? Is there a time when you notice the days getting longer or shorter?

The Garden In Winter

January 24th, 2018

I’ve been thinking more and more about the garden winter. As I look around outside, I notice things that add structure and interest to make the garden shine in this dormant season. My two favorite things this winter are the trellises I left in the garden (usually I take them in) and the ornamental grass.




Both are adding much needed interest in the winter landscape. The boxwood hedge out front adds some, not as much as the one around the garden will when it’s filled in and trimmed to neat boxes. Overall, the winters get better and better as I add things specifically for interest in the winter months. Even small things like pruning a shrub or small tree in a very specific way can add some much needed interest in the dead of winter.

What’s one of your favorite ways to add winter interest in the 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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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