Friday, November 23, 2012

Last Fall Garden Cleanup

Raised beds are cleared out - last red peppers harvested TODAY!
In past years, the beds have been turned over to
greens and cabbage, as you can see above.
This year, for the first time, the beds are bare.
They will be dismantled this winter, I think,
as we get the farm ready for sale in the spring.
The boards are old and weathered.
A bit like their builders, I'm thinking!

New York & Mid-Atlantic Gardener's Book of Lists

Speaking of gardeners and their holiday/spring wish lists - some of you may already know that my husband, Rob, and I were one of the contributing teams in the compilation of this unbelievably useful gardening book.  Dr. Bonnie Appleton, a much missed, long-time friend of ours, did an outstanding job of soliciting specific plant lists from regional horticulturists, each with their own specialties   We contributed the edible gardening list for the Mid-Atlantic region.

I know most of the contributors to this guide and the "authors" read like a who's-who of gardening experts for our area.  Need a list of plants for a shady but dry spot?  Want them to be ground-covers ?No, maybe shrubs? Or perhaps blooming perennials?  You can work out the entire landscaping dilemma - and thousand of others by cross-referencing these simple, handy lists.  It's not a fancy, illustrated tome - it's one of those books you take with you to the garden center, along with your pencil, and begin brainstorming and checking off possibilities.

While working on our house-clearing,  "organizing to move from the farm" efforts <sigh>, I discovered a small stash of these books, apparently left from the original sales via our Paradise Nursery website.  If any of you would like to have a copy of this book, for your own gardening or to give to a beloved gardener, I'm going to be sending them out for $10, which will include the S&H.  If you want them for this Christmas, you'll need to let me know ASAP!  This is just a first-come-first-serve offer - the old fashioned way, via Paypal or check. There aren't many copies, so do let me know as soon as you decide.

(You can click on this link to see the Amazon page for New York & Mid-Atlantic Gardener's Book of Lists   and read the reviews, check their price, etc.  )

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spring Catalogs? Now??? Wow!

Well, I don't know that there's a Black Friday for gardeners.
If there is, it might be on the equinox, like Ground Hog Day.

But, I have to tell you, my first 2013 gardening catalog arrived...
three days before Thanksgiving.
Something to do while the male half of the team is watching football.

And why not?
I'm already turning down page corners for
books and gardening tools and seed packets
that would be a delight to find in my stocking
next..... month!
Shopping for gardeners!
We are soooo easy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November. Thanksgiving!

Ah, well, the beautiful fall foliage of the Japanese Maples is almost gone. 
It really IS the end of November.
The days have been dreary and grey -
an unhappy follow-up to the brilliant blue skies and crisp air of October.
We're feeling sleep and dormant.
It's hard to get out there and do the very important work
of fall cleanup.  We need a brief Indian Summer to get us started!
But first, Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving for another beautiful year!