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Category Archives: The Long View – Meditations on Gardening
Fall Reckoning for the Gardener
Fall is the time to tally up the results of our gardening year. We plan, we plant, we weed, prune, maintain. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Life happens, and sometimes we don’t attend to all the chores we meant to do. Continue reading
One of a series of occasional essays by Christa Watters. Certified Master Gardener Color and Texture Sustain the Winter Garden It’s not all bleak out there, not even in our gardens. If we’ve planted wisely and well, plant life continues … Continue reading
Occasional essays by Christa Watters, Master Gardener Preparing for Winter – a Satisfying Task In these darkest days of winter, as we wait for the light to spiral back upwards from its nadir at the Winter Solstice, the garden is … Continue reading
Undefined, blurred, softened – that’s how the gardens look under snow. We call it harsh winter, but, in fact, it’s a soft season in many ways. We cannot garden outdoors during snow, nor trample the beds afterward while the soil is all soft and damp and sheltering the turmoil of life under the surface. So we ourselves get a little soft, physically, in terms of outdoor labor. Continue reading
Gardening strikes me as the perfect metaphor for life. Everything goes swimmingly well for a while, then adversity strikes and we need to plod through it until we’ve solved the problem or survived the crisis or found a new pathway. Continue reading
Not all gardeners have big plots. So sometimes we just exploit what’s nearby. It’s a bit iffy, but taking a little risk and adding a dollop of luck and patience, some digging and weeding and a mix of bought and donated plants can pay off. Witness the former parking lot island near my town house. It used to be a dog- and sun-seared plot of weedy grass that never looked good after the first green flush of spring. Continue reading