Author Archives: gardenmama

Bald Faced Hornets

Bald Faced Hornets For the first time in 16 years, hornets moved into my garden and built a nest in my pear tree.   I’ve always had wasps, but their nests are tiny, and I can tolerate them as long as they stay out of my way.  I applied the same philosophy to the Bald Faced
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Capturing Critters in the Garden

Capturing Critters in the Garden We’ve had all kinds of critters visiting and exploring our yard over the years; some of them welcome and some of them not so welcome. Of course the raccoons are the least desirable of all the creatures that pass through here because they kill chickens, but most recently it was
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Spring Garden 2016

Spring Garden 2016 It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything in my garden journal, and that’s because I’ve been very preoccupied  with a lot of other activities and changes that have occurred in my life these last  9 months.  My son moved out, my old childhood friend, Brenda, moved in, I’ve remodeled the
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Saving Kale Seed

Saving Kale Seed     Last year I grew two varieties of kale that overwintered and later grew into massive seed stalks this summer; the dinosaur kale and the curly leaf kale.  The curly leaf kale is my favorite, both in texture and taste.  The dinosaur kale is too tough and bitter for my pallet. 
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Sunflower Pavilion

Sunflower Pavilion   I got the idea for creating a sunflower pavilion from my sister, Pam.  I thought it seemed like a fun idea so I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t going to grow any vegetables this year anyway, so I had the extra space.  Since I wanted to grow even more
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Mason Bees 2016

Mason Bees 2016   2015 was a great year for mason bee activity.  To begin with I actually built my own mason bee house utilizing a design that I came up with myself.  I thought I needed something that would make it easier to place the tubes inside the house and then remove them later. 
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Saving Kale Seed

Saving Kale Seed As usual, when the long summer days arrive it’s a challenge to sit down and read or write because I only want to be outdoors.  When I finally go indoors around 9:00 p.m. and get other essentials done it’s time for bed…  after a relaxing Netflix movie, or course.  With this uncomfortably
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Ode to my Hen

Ode to my Hen May you rest in peace my dearest hen.  I never gave you a name, but you were my favorite.  You reminded me of my mother because you were always so interested in what I was doing in my garden.  Whether I was outside walking around with a cup of coffee in
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Plum Canker and Blossom Blast

Plum Canker and Blossom Blast Trees need a lot of care.  Had I known then what I know now about fruit trees, I would never have been so negligent in the care that I gave them, and I would have put a lot more research and planning into where I was planting the trees and
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The Courage of the Seed

The Courage of the Seed by Mark Nepo All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring.  All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see.
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