Gardening

The case of the missing apples

At a social function I attended¬† this past weekend, the conversation turned to gardening. A friend mentioned his apple trees were being raided by an unknown animal. This animal was very stealthy, so stealthy in fact, that it left virtually no trace of ever being there. The thief left no footprint despite the fact that … Continue Reading →

Milkweeds can be weeds

In this day and age pretty much everyone knows about the relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It wasn’t always that way. Before modern chemical weed killers, farmers had limited ways of dealing with weeds. Depending on the weather conditions, a farmer might have to go over a field two or three times with … Continue Reading →

Finding a sphinx moth pupa

Butterflies and moths overwinter in different forms depending on the species. For example, the famous monarch overwinters as an adult, swallowtails in the chrysalis stage. Other species of moths or butteries spend the winter as as eggs or as pupae. Earlier this week I was filling up a plant container with growing mix that I … Continue Reading →

A potato planting experiment

This year I’ve decided to try a minor experiment with my potatoes. I guess you might call it a kind of no-till planting. There are a couple of reasons I thought it might work well. First, the spot where they’re going was recently an area where some of my older chickens were penned in. I … Continue Reading →

Two weeks behind this spring

The colder-than-normal April has been a topic of conversation with just about everyone. Mostly I hear people complaining about it, but when I talk to people who spend a lot of their leisure time outdoors, the conversation gets much more interesting. Fishermen I’ve talked to have mentioned how far behind their season is. Mushroom hunters … Continue Reading →

Try growing spring-planted garlic

Garlic is normally planted in the fall. Planting at that time of the year allows the garlic bulb to be exposed to several weeks of cold temperatures, which stimulates bulb production. Missing the fall date can be disappointing, it means waiting an entire year before planting a crop. If you are the type of person … Continue Reading →