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A Return

The drought persists and smoke from an ever-growing number of wildfires still muffles the sky and obliterates the mountains, turning the landscape unfamiliar, dimensionless. Watered religiously through the dry months, the garden nevertheless has a distrustful, withholding quality. New growth is slow and leaves blighted by the parching heat of July and August curl like … Continue reading A Return

Six on Saturday

1. Opuntia propagation. As this cactus appears to be thriving in its rusty planter and I am attempting to contain its branching somewhat in order to minimize the likelihood of uncomfortable collisions, I thought I would remove some pads for propagation. These have now been drying for a little over a week and will soon … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

After a brief hiatus, I am joining the Propagator and his merry band of gardeners for another Six. I recently returned from a trip to visit J’s parents as well as his sister and her family in Indiana. While there, J and I set up a raised vegetable bed for his parents, and I planted … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Thanks to The Propagator, who summons all who love gardens to share Six each Saturday. 1. Fertilizer. I admit that I have a tendency to neglect my plants’ needs for fertilizer. Particularly the vegetables, which I have been made to understand are “heavy feeders.” It’s not that I don’t have organic fertilizer. It’s just that … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Once again, I am joining The Propagator for Six on Saturday. Visit the comments section of his blog to learn about gardens from around the world. 1. Aphids. The tell-tale leaf curl, gleam of sticky residue. A closer look reveals innumerable tiny forms, black, gray, bright green, seemingly motionless, in actual fact busy sucking the … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

1. Fence camouflage. As previous photographs of the garden probably revealed, the prospect from the house was marred by an unsightly fence on the property line with our neighbors to the east. This consists of a patchwork of chain link woven with plastic bedecked at random intervals with a topping of trellis bits. In addition … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

Once again, I am privileged to join the Propagator and his merry minions for another Six. 1. Biological knotweed control (Aphalara itadori). As previously mentioned, our neighbor is involved professionally in the restoration of wild spaces in Southern Oregon through the removal of invasive plants and reintroduction of native species that have been outcompeted by … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The Propagator welcomes gardeners from near and far to track the week-by-week developments in their gardens. 1. Split rail fence moved. This fence was previously positioned along the stream bank, blocking the view. Not only would disposing of all this wood be wasteful, it would be logistically challenging without renting a dumpster or truck. I … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday

The time has arrived for another Six, generously hosted by the Propagator: 1. Wild flowers photographed during a recent hike along the Rogue River. 2. Planting under fruit trees? Have you planted vegetables under your fruit trees? What works well? My fruit trees are currently very small and cast no meaningful shade. The space between … Continue reading Six on Saturday

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