Category Archives: Soil

Recycled Manure Creates Power And Great Poo

This summer, I received a load of crap that made me very, very happy. I’ve been using aged cow manure in the garden for years, especially appreciating its soil conditioning qualities. Cow manure is weed free, thanks to cow’s multi-chambered tummies and the tiny seed-eating aphids that live in manure piles. It’s also the best top dressing I’ve ever found, looking (if not smelling) like chocolate frosting, a most handsome effect. Continue reading

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Splendid Simplicity

Print PDFIn Praise Of Concentrated Flavors I’m gloating over the end of summer bounty in my kitchen, revealing in overflowing bowls of tomatoes, a peck (ok, more like half a peck) of peppers, a sack of handsome potatoes, some striped … Continue reading

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Last Gasp Gardening

Print PDFSavoring The End Of Season Harvest Yesterday I gathered several gallons of tomatoes in various shades of orange, red, tan, black, and green. Carefully washed and dried, they now nest in cardboard egg cartons on the counter where I … Continue reading

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Gardening When Water Becomes Scarce

Print PDFPlanning and Planting the Dry Garden The lovely rain is so welcome that I can hear neighbor kids laughing and singing as they run in the refreshing wetness. Although our Northwestern summers are typically very dry indeed, this year … Continue reading

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