Category Archives: fruit trees

Washington Hawthorne (Crataegus phaenophyllum)

I was looking to plant this Washington Hawthorne when I found the Variable Skink. I found a place uphill in the food forest that was damp and partly shady. This nice wildlife tree is native to the southeastern US, not … Continue reading

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Rescue, Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. spp. cerulea)

Although my Blue Elderberries survived winter on the cold and windy northeast corner, the one farthest out has not sprouted any spring growth. Still alive, but it may be too stressed to get through a hot summer. I know, I … Continue reading

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Weather Woes

Late winter weather is hard on gardeners! Late freezes after exceptionally warm weather ensures that I will not get a peach crop more often than every few years unless I find a good microclimate for two trees. The snow is … Continue reading

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Nobody Said Snow This Morning

It is snowing… the weather guy said rain. Before the snow, here is a picture of some of my cabbage plants:   It has been cool and damp, and they look happy enough.  A little snow can’t hurt… right?  Well, … Continue reading

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awwww Seedlings

My Wax Currant seedlings, a native edible, are my number one pick for the year. They are so tiny, and it looks like most are sprouting.  Now I feel greedy and want all of them instead of just the dozen. … Continue reading

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Herbs, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is quite hardy, my little starter plant from last year survived our cold winds, low temperatures, 40 inches of snow, and total neglect in a 6 inch pot on the back patio. I potted it up to a 12 … Continue reading

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Inside Hugelkuktur

Hugelkultur is based on the decomposition of deadwood. As it decomposes, it becomes spongy and holds water for long periods and in a manner accessible to plants. I am moving soil into my raised beds and rocks to raised bed … Continue reading

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