Category Archives: The Garden

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The first year

The first year of Short Meadow as a house, a project, and a way of life is officially complete. A lot got done and a lot didn’t!  Some projects, like the raised garden beds have informed on new projects – it’s simply too windy here and a hoop greenhouse is going to be required for any real vegetable production.  There is an unbounded lack of constraint that is perhaps even more challenging than trying to garden a city lot. How do you plant a windbreak…

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The Coyotes sing in the Flower Moon

On Wednesday, just as it was getting dark, two family groups of coyotes gathered on either side of Short Meadow. They were probably at least a mile in either direction but when their voices rose in song they raised the roof. It was eerie and beautiful and I could have happily gone to sleep with the romance of it all. Ella had a different opinion. By the time I got her to settle down and my ears had stopped ringing from her vocal attempts to…

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Gardening without intention

“Analysis Paralysis” strikes as many gardeners as it does IT workers. Caught between big plans and no clear direction, frequently nothing at all happens. I’m as guilty as anyone, and moving to a new house/garden brings on a strong relapse. What colors do I want here? How will I use it?  But sometimes… wonderful things happen by tossing carefully laid plans out the window and having no vision of the outcome whatsoever. When I packed up the old garden for moving, a bunch of unmarked…

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It’s still all about the chickens

Despite taking virtually no time – maybe 30 minutes a day total, the week at Short Meadow has been all about the new chicks. The power going out  when nobody was home, official portrait day, and putting together the new nest box set has kept things busy. In between, the seeds continue to germinate and there’s no place to put them until the cold frames get built. There’s been 50 degree weather and frost. In short, it’s Spring. It’s time to get the pots on…

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Nature’s Mad Dash to Spring

There’s something magical about the near last snow, right before Spring really hits. It’s almost like it’s intentionally done to decorate the hellebores and snowdrops that are bravely opening up. So despite the complaints, I find it rather cheerful, even when planting the fruit trees that just arrived in the mail and can’t wait another week. And that is where we are at- burgeoning tasks of planting new arrivals, getting the tomatoes started from seed and planning for the first foray into chicken ownership. Nursery…

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Let the Gardening Season Commence!

It’s still winter. I’m still choosing between the warm coat and the warmer coat when leaving in the morning. Outside, the plants are in stasis, ready to burst forth if it ever gets warm but not taking any chances. Inside though…  miraculously orchids are bursting into bloom. Today I will sow the first seeds of the season and anticipate the bounty to come. Technology is a wonderful thing. Despite the vision in my head I’m a haphazard gardener who has yet to acquire a greenhouse,…

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The dawn of a sparkly New Year

Short Meadow welcomed 2017 with a  light dusting of snow and thick decorative fog. The heather mounds are at their most beautiful when the small blossoms glow through snow and frost.  As the sun burned off the fog, melting snow and frost turned into brilliant jewels on the old, dead grass in the pasture – one more reason not to mow it too close. At the edge of the wood, the narcissus and daffodils are poking their noses out of the earth. Perhaps headed for…

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Glamour Farming

Yes, glarming is a thing. And to be clear it’s not a slam on traditional, unglamorous farming. Those folks work hard to feed the rest of us and rarely have time to decorate the cow barn. Glamour farming freely and openly acknowledges that there is another source of income and that to live the rural life in high style is well, a luxury. But a fun one! Pretty things bring me pleasure which is why my raised beds are now orchid and have finials on…

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Oh, How I Love Thee, Gardeners’ World

I am an addict. Starting on Friday night I start checking Youtube to see if anyone has posted the new episode of Gardeners’ World. Most of the time I end up watching it while eating breakfast on Saturday morning. But since I’m eight hours behind the UK,  there’s a chance, just a chance, that someone was feeling efficient and put it up early so I can’t resist checking.  Without those generous Youtube posters willing to skirt the legalities I would be desolate as I’ve yet…

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