Gardens Matter

Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.

Garden Beginnings

I planned the backyard first. The space was to include a maximum of trees, shrubs and perennials and a minimum of lawn. A pond was essential, as well as more compost bins, rain reservoirs and an area for growing vegetables.

Early Spring in the garden.

The last of the snow has melted and the soil is reasonably dry, so I did some work in the front garden yesterday. Always, the first thing to do is pick up litter, which isn't overwhelming today, because the winds have been trending south-easterly, rather than the north-westers and westerly winds that bring in the... Continue Reading →

Leave the Leaves

Leaves seldom gather in our lawn-free and west-facing front garden, which is swept by prevailing winds from the north-west. To help retain the leaves that fall, I don't cut back the perennials until after frost, and when I cut them back, I leave 12" stems standing. This helps trap some leaves and holds them fast... Continue Reading →

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