In my last post, I mentioned that I had planted my bungalow windowbox for the summer. For some reason the windowbox plants never grow as well as I expect them to, but by using a completely new selection of plants this year I hope my luck will change. In the past Ms. Bungalow and I […]


Friends School Plant Sale

by Josh on May 14, 2008 · 2 comments

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Friday’s foray to the Friends School Plant Sale in St. Paul went smashingly. I didn’t get there until around 1 p.m. and missed the worst of the crowds, though it was still plenty busy. Shortly after I arrived, I connected with my garden master friends who were nearly ready to check out after three hours […]


After pouring over the sale catalog, considering our garden needs, and preparing my shopping list, I am finally ready for the Friends School Plant Sale tomorrow. This will be my first year going to the sale on Friday, its opening day, so I’m expecting that the crowds and craziness I have experienced in past years […]


Spring Shape-Up

by Josh on May 1, 2008 · 2 comments

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Most afternoons lately I have been able to spend an hour or so working on the yard while the kids play. As a result, I’m actually pretty far along on my spring yard projects, despite not getting any big blocks of weekend time. Spring Garden Projects Completed Start garden plants from seeds indoors Deadhead and […]


Cool Tool: Hand Pruners

by Josh on April 24, 2008 · 11 comments

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It’s raining today, so I won’t be working on the gardens as I have each of the past few days. Fortunately, I’ve already had a chance to break in the sweet new set of hand pruners that I picked up recently. I stopped by a swanky local mall yesterday morning to buy some antiquing solution […]


Seeds Started, Seeds Sprouted

by Josh on April 4, 2008 · 3 comments

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While searching for instructions on when to start my tomato seeds, I stumbled on a great garden planting chart from the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “Planting the Vegetable Garden” by Vincent Fritz features a chart of planting dates and spacing for popular garden vegetables, specifically written for Minnesota gardeners. It’s just what I was […]


Easter Bunny Tracks

by Josh on March 23, 2008 · 2 comments

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Fresh snow on Easter morning makes for a lousy egg hunt, but it was easy to see that the Easter Bunny was here.


Starting Seeds

by Josh on March 18, 2008 · 6 comments

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Even though a fresh coating of snow has it looking more like winter around here than it has in a few weeks, spring gardening is just around the corner. This year we are trying something new for us, by starting many of our annual flowers and vegetable plants from seeds. Growing from seed has several […]


Garden Of Merit

by Josh on December 18, 2007 · 7 comments

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Our award certificate from Minneapolis Blooms that I mentioned a couple months back arrived in the mail today, proclaiming our yard a “Garden of Merit.” That’s an important-sounding title, but the letter accompanying the award helpfully clarifies what it takes to merit the award. After one of our neighbors nominated our garden, someone with the […]


Tip: Plant Staking Tape

by Josh on December 7, 2007 · 6 comments

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The lemon trees I’ve been growing from seeds saved while making lemon gelato in the summer of 2006 have finally gotten big enough to require staking. Because the saplings are on display inside the house, I bought some real plant staking tape that would look better than the strips of old t-shirts that I’ve used […]