Category Archives: O to T

Seed-starting Greenshelf

I usually mount my growing shelves between four 2-by-4 corner posts, as decribed in “Seed-starting” on this site, but I had this window seat, see, and I’m lazy by nature, and the seat was a bit more than 4 feet … Continue reading

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Peppers

Peppers are like Catsup in a bottle: nothing comes and then a lot’ll. (More on this at 11, or whenever I get around to it.)

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Ode to February in the Colorado Rockies at 9,000 ft.

Shovel out the chicken coop, Shovel out the truck, And shout it to the mountaintop, Oh, W  T  F….! (We declared victory and moved back to Cape Cod.)

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Raised beds

I’ve always liked raised beds, if only because they look so nice. But they also drain well; don’t get compacted; are easy to work in, being higher than surrounding paths; warm up more quickly in spring; and generally don’t need … Continue reading

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Patience

Lao-tse, the Chinese scholar who outlined Taoism 2,500 years ago, taught the importance of living in the present, in the magical now. Center on the task at hand, be flexible. Let go of the clock and trust your instincts. If … Continue reading

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Potting soil

I rarely take a chance on potting soils because so much depends on it, and on several occasions when I have taken a chance I’ve been disappointed. Worse, makers can call their potting soil organic without carrying a label stating … Continue reading

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Seed-starting

(Revised and corrected on 2/9/11) I’ve heard time and again, even today if you Google “seed starting,” that you need a bright window for starting seeds. You don’t need a bright window; there’s no such thing as a bright enough … Continue reading

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Organizing

To organize your garden tools, lean them against a wall somewhere. If you hang each one up, outlining its shape and location with chalk or a marker pen, this will only serve to show you what you’re missing.

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Bug pests

Insect pests in your garden are not enemies, they’re symptoms; symptoms of poor soil. Most simply put, insect pests are predators, and predators go after the weak, the stressed, the infirm. The more organically fertile your soil, the stronger your … Continue reading

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Rights of passage

They call it “passing” now, as in “She passed.” Passed what, I wonder? She died is what happened. The worn-out cloak that was a body fell away, and her spirit, her soul, went to God and the universe. That is … Continue reading

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