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Bonsai Progress cont’d

A few weeks ago, I attended a Tropical Bonsai Workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. A month had passed since the Beginning Fundamentals class ended, and my job since then had been to keep the ficus outdoors and make sure it … Continue reading

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Invasion!

I took this picture on the train station on my daily commute. There are four problem species in the picture: Asian bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, bamboo and Concord grapes. Of the four, only the grapes are native. For us, this year … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Heirloom Roses

Damask roe

I met a group of friends for dinner recently, during which some contraband changed hands. “I’ve brought the items I emailed you about,” the true gardener among us said to me. “They’re out in the car. The newspaper’s damp–they’ll be … Continue reading

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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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