Category Archives: The Long View – Meditations on Gardening

The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (This Odd Season Called Spring)

We’ve edged into May, smack in the middle of spring. The delight we gardeners take in the arrival of the season has been tested this year. After the long cold winter, spring finally arrived about mid-April. And then it had second thoughts and retreated, only to turn the heat up to almost 80 for a day or two and then retreat again. Rain has fallen pretty regularly. So while we can’t quite trust the season (what’s new about that? “April is the cruelest month,” said the poet in 1922) and we struggle with its fickleness, still we rejoice. And then we take stock of what winter meant to our particular plots: What died, what lived, how is the seasonal progression going this year? Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Garden as Artifact)

The Garden as Artifact By Christa Watters Garden: n. Planted area of ground, a plot of ground where plants such as fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown. (Latin origin hortus garda implies a closed area. Ultimately from a prehistoric German … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The Bare Bones of the Garden)

The Bare Bones of the Garden By Christa Watters Here we are at midwinter, halfway between the December solstice and the spring equinox. It’s a hard time for gardeners, a time when the garden seems to sleep and it is mostly … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (The End of Fall)

By Christa Watters One day the tulip magnolia next to my front door is still green – leaves fringed with yellow, spotted with brown here and there, yes, but basically still green, and on waking the next morning I see it still … Continue reading

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The Long View – Meditations on Gardening (Why We Garden)

Heeding the call to garden in an environmentally sound manner is a worthy objective. Continue reading

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