Bits and Pieces

Taking Stock, 2012

This blog has been neglected – there’s just no getting around it! As I posted last December, Hurricane Irene put a hurt on Vermont. I was immediately involved in local recovery efforts, and then became part of a FEMA-funded recovery program that lasted until late October, 2012. In addition, my mother-in-law – who lived with(…)

After Hurricane Irene

Vermont was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Here in Plymouth, several families lost everything and many others were severely damaged by the  raging waters. The north end of town, where I live, was cut off from the outside world for a week, except that some enterprising Emergency Response Team residents cut down some trees and(…)

Staking Tomatos: First Do It Wrong

My approach to getting into gardening has been: First off, do something. That’s because, generally, it isn’t until after I’ve tried something that I have some idea of what questions need to be asked and answered if I want to do that thing well. I find it’s the hands-on experimentation that both dictates the syllabus of my new learning program and(…)

Making and Using Garden Tripods

Over the winter, I took a few classes on low-cost, low-impact gardening. One innovation that caught my eye was the garden tripod. Very versatile in its use, it’s easy to make from inexpensive or recycled wood, and is very portable. So I made my own, but with a slight variation. The version I saw last(…)

Learning to Use a Stirrup Hoe

I’ve gotten it into my head that I’d like to work my garden entirely without the use of power tools, this year. Now that I can get into the garden (the final snow melted away on April 24), I’m attending to the weeds and grasses. This is just my third year gardening, and last year(…)

Keeping Records

For me, it’s important to keep records on what I plant and how well those plantings do. For one thing, I want to evaluate the entire spectrum of the gardening cycle as it pertains to each particular planting: which seed sources produce better germination rates and better transplanting success; which types of a vegetable perform(…)