Category Archives: organic


our garden is organic.  what goes into the soil is all organic, compost, alphalpha, peat, and organic fertilizers.  our soil is mostly clay and previous non organic additions, aka rubbish are still being removed after 35 years of gardening.  we have a compost pile at the back of the garden where we recycle yard and kitchen waste.  water is provided in birdbaths for three seasons.  and the raspberry bed and even the daylily beds provide a brush area where insects can reside.  fennel and wild carrot attract beneficial insects.  someone in the area keeps honey bees and they like to visit. and just down the street is our county metro parks.  all of these things combine so that we see quite a bit of nature wandering through.  toads, worms, beetles and all sorts of creatures are attracted to the compost pile throughout the year.  we occasionally see the large gardener snake.  lantana and butterfly weed attract the flutterbys.  all in all there is usually something to see besides the plants in the garden.

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columbine and more.  at one end yard waste is going into the compost pile.  weeds and such are filling the right most bin.  and at the other end the harvest of compost is returning to the garden and filling this year’s pots.  the bin was nearly four feet high filled with compost.  now it is nearing empty.  and those mythical blooming spring flowers… the lupine is sending up a spike.  and petunias fill the pot.  seven images…

the dirt on next summer

on every summer.  that is the compost pile.  it is an assist to nature’s way of reusing what some of us would throw away.  waste not.  the leaves and garden scraps do not go out in the trash.  they go into the compost and eventually back into the garden.  soil is an organic fabric that should be constantly renewed.  when it is renewed soil is enriched.  and the fabric is a deep and complex brocade.  like the upturned bird bath covered in snow and resembling a mushroom –  what we so often see as waste and rot is only half of the story.  yes things come apart.  and what has come apart is part of the building blocks of what is to come.  seven images…

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16-0629-001 purple dip ufo



ready, not ready

the daylily garden is getting readier and readier to start blooming.  two plants have bloomed and there are more each day with scapes getting ready to bloom.  there are a couple more getting very close to bloom.  still they are not blooming yet.  the kid is loose in the candy store and he is ready for it to start…   and the answer is calm down and keep gardening.  tonight about 5 more plants from last winter’s moves made it into the ground.  and another 10 or so were staged in another garden.  some of them are a little rough for wear and others look just fine.  time will tell how many of these bloom.  the raspberries are coming along fine.  recovering very nicely from having almost been burned out from the heat last year.  i think they will be tonight’s image.  they have a very vivid texture.  and please pay no attention to the hyper kid in the candy store ….  er garden.  three images

raspberry leaves macro raspberry bloom macro raspberry detail


Charlotte’s brood

the hose caddy was a nursery.  most of the nursery was moved to the Canadian Hemlock tree  and the hose caddy has made its crumbling way to the trash heap.  of course it was quite a pleasant surprise to find Charlotte’s brood there on the handle of the hose caddy.  i have no idea what variety arachnid Charlotte was.  you can make your best guess from the image what her brood will become.   i am not an arachnid expert.  other than knowing that they are welcome and most definitely belong in the garden.  we are about two miles south of lake Erie.  that means there are an abundance of insects that live around the lake.  and unlike the deer there are an abundance of predators to feast on this bounty.  arachnids, odonates, chiroptera, and avians the list goes on and on.  this morning i saw a very slow predator in the garden.   a leopard, just not the kind you might suppose.  it is a limax maximus.  all part of the garden.  a healthy garden.  my kinda garden.  so without further ado Charlotte’s brood.  i hope to see a few of them later in the season.  and if they should make you cringe remember they are a part of the package.  so just take a step back and enjoy them from a safe distance.  and if you find yourself thinking this list is harmful please take a moment and take a careful look at the alternatives.  and reconsider…

charlotte macro charlotte's brood charlotte's shadow puppets


it is a lawn.  it is not just grass.  and i like it that way.  we don’t use chemical additives.  and we really don’t bother fertilizing either.  mowing will control the lawn.  and we enjoy a blend of other plants.  so we do not panic at the sight of dandelions, violets, or clover.  and while it is not the first it is one it is a forerunner.  the season of little white and pink lawn flowers is upon us.  and the bees will be happy to find them.  and i will be happy to see the bees working the lawn.  it should be more than a path between the flower beds.

clover det clover macro

it is dark, come in from the garden . . .

this year’s seedling bed is getting closer and closer to being ready to plant.   all of the old plants are moved out.  lots of weeds and tree roots have been ejected.  and the damp soil is step by step getting drier and being groomed free ( or nearly so ) of weeds so that the seeds will have a fighting chance.  as mentioned before the garden is mostly organic so the only weed killer applied is the two legged variety carrying a hoe.  it is not always pretty, and it is never completely weed free, still it works.  and it makes for good compost and better soil texture.  and most years there are more than enough daylily seedlings to keep me busy in the garden.  now to rustle up a picture or two…

some of these will become apples.  and some will not…

apple after the blossom macro  apple after the blossom det