Monthly Garden Report for December
Things are looking desperate. We’ve had no snow and no substantial rain all month. Last year at this time, we had a snow pack that stood at 150% of normal. Right now we have less than 50%. The weathermen say not to panic, as we get the bulk of our snowfall in January and February. Yet, they do concede that they are worried by the weather pattern. This is the driest December we’ve...
E: I want to give you and Mommy something for Christmas.
Dad: How about kids who don't fight and a nice, peaceful Christmas?
E: No! Something I can put in a box.
Dad: Oh well. Wishful thinking.
Mom: We could put you and your brothers in a box.
E: Aaaah! You can't put kids in a box!
Mom: Sure you can. It just has to big a really big box. Besides, you're already in a box.
Dad: That's true. The house you live in is just one big box.
E: Then you and Mommy are in a box too!
Dad: Actually, your Mom spends most of her time working and thinking outside of the box.
A Confession of an Eco-jerk; A Cautionary Tale
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter arrived home from school, rushing in to warn me that people were out raking up my leaves. Riding my ecological high-horse, I stomped outside and confronted a middle-aged woman and a 12-year-old boy. I asked them pointedly if they were raking up the leaves. With deer-in-headlight eyes they sheepishly said they were doing a service project. Annoyed at their...
Gardening is such a highly individual area that it is irresistible to...– Francis H. Cabot, Jr. 1925-2011.
Monthly Garden Report for November
I’ve been philosophical about the garden, lately. There’s not much else I can do with it. I hope the 40 foot silver maple—which my arborist has dubbed the most healthy-looking silver maple in the state—will recover from its patio trauma with the help of a Cambistat injection to stimulate root growth. But what if it goes? I don’t like to look on every element of the garden with...