Gardening

When Gatherers Become Gardeners

Mid-winter Potato, Kale and Cheddar Pie. A hearty, cheesy, main course that only needs a side salad for a satisfying mid-winter meal.

The secret to composting

We all know we should compost. It is the right thing to do, even in bear country. Composting is the natural process of decay.

For peat’s sake

Peat moss is commonly used around the garden. But what is it really?

Gardening in the blood?

As leaves start to fall and I swaddle my garden in rows of spun plastic to protect it from night frosts, I am exploring my family connection to gardening. Perhaps it’s because I feel a little alone sometimes, a spur way out on the family tree with little connection to roots that lie in other countries and cultures.

Gardening on the cheap

This series, The Radical Gardener, will look at ways in which working class people (or people who just want to save some scratch) can approach creating, caring for and maintaining a food garden —  something which, given the uncertainty of these times, seems like a pretty good idea.

Great Thumbs, Great Ideas

With everyone still on lockdown and the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in under the COVID-19 lock down, many people are thinking about growing a garden this year — some, perhaps, for the first time in their lives.

Seed dreams are made of these

Here, as elsewhere, we’re on the January/February cusp. For all practical purposes, that means gardening season is still a few months off.

Batten down the hatches

I feel tumbled up against the advance of winter. All summer, the sun pulled me on with the force of a tearaway sled dog and, when the days shortened into fall, it was as if she slowed suddenly to sniff out a piece of news and I hurtled into her. I sit on the trail …

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Let the apple harvest begin

A couple of weeks ago, I was stayed in my tracks as I was strolling by one of our apple shelters. They’re coming, my nose told me as the fragrance of ripe fruit wafted out of the open door. I poked my head in. As luck would have it, beneath the laden branches lay a …

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