Gardens

O, Tomato, Where Art Thou?

by Josh on May 16, 2006 · 2 comments

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Summer has not even started and I’m already dreaming of tomatoes fresh off the vine in August. Considering how short summer is around here, any longing for summer’s end is usually reserved for skiiers and pharmicists filling prescriptions for seasonal affective disorder. But I can’t help it: I bought and planted my garden plants over […]

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I Need An Intervention

by Josh on May 5, 2006 · 0 comments

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I made a promise to myself that before I posted another story about landscaping, I would strip some paint or do some plumbing or do something other than buy more plants. I had every intention of delaying my next fix until the big Friends School plant sale mentioned by StuccoHouse. But a couple nights ago […]

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Grove 2.0

by Josh on April 28, 2006 · 4 comments

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New from the ground up, the second edition of the Bungalow ‘23 backyard tree grove–Grove 2.0-debuts today, on schedule and just in time for a weekend of April showers. Grove 2.0 features a completely new visual interface that has tested well in informal neighborhood focus groups. System threats in the original Grove have been addressed, […]

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Uprooting The Aspen

by Josh on April 26, 2006 · 0 comments

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Another day, another landscaping post. Other than a bit of picking up for some houseguests this weekend, we’ve been putting all of our energy into the gardens and yard. Yesterday I dug three young aspen trees out of our backyard to give to a friend who lost a mature oak in his yard in a […]

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In addition to a big house to maintain, we also have a big garden to manage. As with the house, the gardens–though lovely–have numerous areas that need rehabilitation. One of these areas is right out front, where the previous owners landscaped the hill with shrubs and ground cover. The design was supposed to wash the […]

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Gardening Ahead of Ourselves

by Josh on April 23, 2006 · 0 comments

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With temperatures climbing into the 60s, we are taking every opportunity to do our house projects outside. In our eagerness, however, we have gotten a couple of weeks ahead of ourselves in the garden. The average last frost day around these parts is May 10. So it will be at least another week before the […]

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So Long, Pond Scum

by Josh on April 16, 2006 · 0 comments

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April showers. May flowers. Spring is supposed to smell fresh like a light rain or bouquet of tulips. But in our yard, the overpowering smell is like cow manure. Now if we had spent the day spreading actual manure in our garden, that would be fine. Unfortunately, the source of the smell is the little […]

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Yard Work At Last

by Josh on April 10, 2006 · 3 comments

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We have had some lovely weather the past few days, and the plants in our yard have noticed. To clean up the gardens for their spring debut, I spent a few hours trimming off dead heads and pulling out unwanted intruders. I did not come from a gardening family, but when we bought our bungalow […]

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Ode To A Fence Tree

by Josh on October 10, 2005 · 4 comments

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You were hiding with the lilacs Hardly seen at my first glance But when I came in close I saw you Growing through my chain link fence. Your trunk is quite a marvel– It twists around a pole. It bends some of the fence links, Other links it swallows whole. For many years you spread […]

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The Two-Year-Old Was Here

by Josh on October 10, 2005 · 0 comments

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Sometimes the forces of nature conspire to crush even your best plans for getting a little work done. As I’m learning, one of the most powerful of these forces is a two-year-old child. We had some great weather for early October in Minnesota this weekend. Bright sunny skies, dry crisp air, and comfortably cool temperatures […]

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