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Orchard for an Optimist

  A few weeks ago my future orchard was just a series of photos in a catalog. The fruiting trees, bushes and plants were too much to resist. It started in February with the early hints of spring. Having begun raised beds I now need worthy plants to fill them. Columnar apple trees would be …

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New Orleans and New Raised Beds

New Orleans and New Raised Beds.

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New Orleans and New Raised Beds

After a few weeks of enjoying early projects in the garden, snowflakes return. We had a couple of freezes, and survived with nips ,but not severe damage. A March visit to New Orleans gave me the azalea fix until mine bloom. March is a perfect time to visit the city with it’s  wonderful food,history and …

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A Local Peep Show

    This is day two on the chick watch. Days ago when visiting a local garden store, Chagrin Pet and Garden Supply, I learned chicks were on their way. Years ago this was common. Flash forward, they are returning. Luxurious coops, feeding and watering stations and cute corrals were staged for arrival on March …

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Wonderful Winter Witches

I went on an outing to the Brotzman Nursery in Madison, Ohio on February 29th. I was excited to see their display of Witch- hazels, Hamamelis. They were over 150 in number of varieties. Some are almost like small trees, mollis, and some were more shrub-like, vernalis. The shrubs types require removal of suckers. The colors varied from yellow ,to …

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The Sweetness of Spring

 It’s maple syrup season in Northeast Ohio. The maple trees are tapped and the sap has been rising since early February. The buckets, bags and plastic tubes carry 50 gallons of sap for every 1 gallon of syrup that will produced from an oil fueled evaporator at the sugar house. In Burton Ohio, at the town …

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Raised Bed Site is Adjusted

My new raised bed location needed to have more sun. Thanks to my resident woodman (husband) a few young beach trees were removed. The strawberries and blueberries will enjoy the improved light. As I’ve been reading dozens of catalogs ,the difficult part is selecting the right plants plants.  The current plan will be to plant a …

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Framing a New Garden

  Today snow remains on the ground and fog has settled in the woods. The future raised bed garden rests within view from the kitchen window. I will have 8 white oak 4’x4’x10″ beds in which I will plants a varity of fruit, vegetables and flowers. The final decisions are still within the pages of …

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