Category Archives: gardening

Bonsai Progress

We’re getting a short break from a heat wave here in NE Illinois. Temps have been in the high 80s/low 90s, with gusty winds and threat of thunderstorms. Today, low 70s–at least close to the lake–and while the sun is warm, … Continue reading

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Lawn Ornaments, Garden Furniture, and Hermits

As 19th century tourists meandered about the English countrysides in search of the picturesque, guidebooks in hand as they viewed scenic vistas and visited stately homes surrounded by artfully planned “natural” landscapes, they might pause to admire a grotto here, … Continue reading

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State of the Farm: June, 2017

The drought last year and this wet spring have been significant enough I thought it worthwhile to revisit our little farm. As my two readers might recall, we had a multi-century drought last year. With the precipitation since last summer, … Continue reading

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Bonsai Beginnings

Bonsai originated in China around 700AD, and was introduced in Japan about 400 years later. The Chinese term for the art, “Penjing,” and the Japanese word “bonsai” have the same general meaning, “tree in a tray/container.” I recently became interested … Continue reading

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Flowers in Spring

It’s iris season. I used to not be that fond of them. Nor of Gladiolas. But last year we went to an iris festival and wandered through huge gardens of irises and I fell in love. Just the range of … Continue reading

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State of the Farm, Spring 2017

  Well, it’s spring up here finally. Real spring. When the fruit trees blossoms and the bees come out. None of this “sort of” spring where the temperature hovers a few precious degrees above freezing and the sky is gray and … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Drip, Drip

I wish it would stop raining. I have to put in the drip irrigation. I am not unaware of the irony, believe me. Unfortunately, climate change (yeah, the one that isn’t happening) is creating conditions in my mid-coast Maine garden … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Microgreens

The robins are hopping around the back yard, scratching at dead grass and shrinking patches of snow. There are some signs of things emerging from winter’s icy grip–the crocuses have popped up in the last couple of days, and the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Season

After a fake-out warm spell that was followed by seeming weeks of cold and wet, signs of spring are showing up around the neighborhood. Forsythia’s bright yellow is flaring here and there. In my yard, birds are clustered around the feeders, chowing … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Builds a Spa on a Shoestring

NOTE: I’ll be back March 18 with the promised next episode of my Greek Travels, a mysterious trip through a flooded cavern labyrinth.  Here in Bellingham, WA, the “far corner” of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been enjoying or enduring (depending … Continue reading

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