How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. Although winter technically doesn’t end until the spring equinox on March 20, it truly feels like the world is waking up from its slumber. On my morning walks to work, I’ve been noticing lots of flowers: snowdrops, crocuses, forsythia, viburnum, hellebores, camellias, daffodils, and, perhaps the…

How much food did our garden grow in 2015?

How much food did our garden grow in 2015?

Every time I visit our garden, I take a few photos. Sometimes they are of tiny changes that catch my eye: newly sprouted seeds, berries that have started to ripen. Sometimes they are of our weekly harvests, capturing the bounty that comes from the six raised beds in our urban backyard. The photos are like…

Garden planning part 3: Deciding WHEN to plant your seeds.

Garden planning part 3: Deciding WHEN to plant your seeds.

Over the past two weeks, we explored how to do a site assessment and how to choose what to plant & where to place it within your garden. Now that we’ve figured out our gardens in terms of space, it’s time to plan them in terms of time. Garden planning is a dance between what…

Garden planning step 2: Deciding what to plant & where it’s going

Garden planning step 2: Deciding what to plant & where it’s going

Last week, we explored how to assess our garden sites, and how to create a scale drawing. Now, it’s time to figure out what we’re planting and where it will go. WHERE ARE YOUR PLANTS GOING TO GO? Whether you’re planning a new garden, or further developing an existing one, take some time to think…

Garden planning step 1: Site assessment

Garden planning step 1: Site assessment

It’s January. A new year, and a new chance to create your garden. If you’re like me, perhaps you’ve spent some quality time over the holidays nursing a hot cup of tea and daydreaming about spring. You want to make this year’s harvest as amazing as possible. We’re talking crisp sweet salads, crunchy carrots, hot…

Year in review: what I’ll do differently in 2015

Year in review: what I’ll do differently in 2015

Our little house is a mess of gardening books, seed catalogues and planting charts these days. What do you know — as soon as the holidays arrive and my day job slows down a bit, I jump headlong into garden planning mode. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve reviewed what worked in our 2015…

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

2014 garden in review: what didn’t work

Last week, I wrote about our biggest successes in the 2014 garden. Now, it’s time to write about the things that didn’t go so well. This past year has been a great one in the garden. We had plenty of sunny weather, built three new raised beds, and have harvested a huge amount of food….

2014 garden in review: what worked

2014 garden in review: what worked

I love this time of year in the garden. There’s almost nothing to do, except for digging up frost-sweetened parsnips and figuring out what to do with the mountains of zucchini that inhabit our freezer. It’s the time to make a hot cup of tea, get cozy, and reflect on the year that was. When…

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