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The Outdoor Season, Well and Truly Begun

Spring                                                    Bee Hiving Moon Kate got a nasty cellulitis on her left arm.  Probably from scratches incurred while vigorously pruning and weeding.  Spring clean up.  It swelled up, got hot […]

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Camp Fire Girls

Lughnasa                                     Waning Grandchildren Moon Last night over edamame and potstickers I discussed gardening with a fellow docent who had just seen Ran.  We agreed it had been a peculiar gardening season with plants blooming two weeks to a month early.  We also agreed no one could care for our gardens like we do and produced […]

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A Two-Person Garden

Lughnasa                                    Waning Grandchildren Moon Kate and I have shifted our bedtimes and risings to 6:30.  This allows us to get out to work in the garden when it’s still the cool of the day.  This morning Kate continued to restore the original look and feel to the orchard while I finished up the mulch in […]

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Here Comes The Sun

Summer                                       Waning Strawberry Moon After weeding Kate and I took off for lunch–at Benihanas, not nearly as good as our own, much closer, Osaka–and a visit to Lights on Broadway.  A bit of dithering about where the order was, where the paperwork was, who was on third and who was on second I picked up […]

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The Day Before

Summer                                              Waning Strawberry Moon A beautiful day.  64 degrees with a dew point of 41.  Got more weeding done.  Finished the second tier, went after some returnees on the first tier and got through much of  the third tier. While doing this it occurred to me that gardening is the process of removing plants willing […]

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Catching Up

Summer’s Eve                                  Waxing Strawberry Moon More weeding along the fenceline.  It feels like I’ve beaten back both the weeds and revealed the now minimal amount of repair still required to bring the vegetable garden area back to where it began last fall.  I planted another round of beans, doing so at weekly intervals.  Took some […]

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A Garden Morning

Beltane                                   New Moon (Hungry Ghost) The potatoes have mounds around the growing plants and the hilled up earth from their trenches has leveled out.  The bush beans I planted there last week have begun to germinate and I plan to plant more bush beans tomorrow if the weather is ok. While checking fruit on our […]

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Falling Behind

Beltane                                    Waning Planting Moon Life seems lighter now with Kate at home.  Shared life is so much easier than solo, at least I find it so. Kate made oatmeal this morning and I went out to the garden and picked fresh strawberries.  A delight to have with our cereal.  Also a delight to have a […]

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Weeds. Less.

Summer                             Waxing Green Corn Moon The majority of the weeds that were in the clover now lie baking in the afternoon sun.  This hand pulling of weeds is a chore, but it has its satisfactions.   Not having to do it again for a while is the chief one.  When it comes to the garden, I […]

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Being Native To This Place

Summer                                Waning Summer Moon Weeds.  Weeds, by definition, are a plant out of place.  This is, if you think about it, a curious definition.  Why?  Because the hardiness and persistence of most weeds indicate that it may be everything else in the garden that is out of place.   So, we may have to admit that […]

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