Keep the Garden Going through the Cold Months

As the temperatures cool, it is not too late to plant some leafy greens for overwintering. The key is to grow the plant to a harvestable size before the weather turns totally cold. Most of these plants will survive even a moderate freeze but won’t grow after the temperature gets down to freezing. Continue reading Keep the Garden Going through the Cold Months

The winter of our garden discontent: Effects of bitter cold in the garden

The bitter winter air smacks you in the face as you quickly move about your business. Piles of snow, now more gritty and dirty than freshly fallen, still cover the landscape. Mother Nature has held us in her icy grip, lashing out with a force we haven’t seen for decades. Winter, it seems, has come with a vengeance. While the bitter cold of winter can … Continue reading The winter of our garden discontent: Effects of bitter cold in the garden

Houseplants fight cabin fever

While I may concentrate most of my gardening in the realm of edible plants, I do dabble a bit in houseplants. It turns out that houseplants are something that can keep a gardener from going bonkers when they are stuck indoors in the winter. They are especially helpful when stuck inside for long periods of time when a foot of snow falls outside, temperatures fall … Continue reading Houseplants fight cabin fever

Nature’s Winter Garden: A Poem

All alone in an enchanted land Where before me grandly stands Crystal walls and glistening strands In Nature’s winter garden. This secret beauty I have found When morning sun came streaming down A golden glow like a celestial crown In Nature’s winter garden. Each way I turn I see such splendor The muted sundial, a twig so slender Such grandeur extending to every gender Who … Continue reading Nature’s Winter Garden: A Poem

TBT: Christmas trees (real ones) have tradition, lore

This article was originally published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Dec 8, 2013.   Perhaps the most widespread symbol of the celebration of the Christmas holidays is the Christmas tree. Storied with lore, both ancient and modern, the Christmas tree finds itself in homes, stores, offices, churches and public squares. How did an evergreen tree become the center of attention for a religious holiday? And … Continue reading TBT: Christmas trees (real ones) have tradition, lore