Coons (and Charlie) in the Corn

Now I realize that the sum of my knowledge on this subject comes from watching Old Yeller (an activity that consumed roughly half my childhood), but aren’t dogs supposed to be good at keeping raccoons out of corn fields? Why then do I find my own precious Charlie, not chasing the coons away, but actively covering their…

The Resilient Gardener

I’ve read a lot of gardening books in my thirty-one years, and I’ve learned something new from every one. But it isn’t often that a book comes along in which I not only learn something new in every paragraph but each bit of new information feels absolutely vital. Carol Deppe’s book The Resilient Gardener is…

May’s Bounteous Promise

May is the season when the garden is at its greenest, every plant lush with the possibilities of the coming months. When later everything’s yellowing in the late August drought, or better yet, blanketed under snow next January (fingers crossed!), I’m going to look back at these pictures with longing… And between now and then,…

Planting Corn

What a gorgeous day for planting corn it was yesterday! In the 70’s with a breeze blowing and a few fluffy clouds wandering across the sun. It was so nice I got my entire first planting of corn in in one day, even though it meant digging compost and fertilizer into almost 200 sq. ft….

Last Year’s Vegetable Stars

Since in Virginia there are still a few weeks left for ordering mainstay vegetable seeds like tomatoes, peppers, etc., I thought I’d spotlight a few things that did particularly well in the garden last year, in case you’re looking for something new to try. Seeds for all of these plants are available from Southern Exposure…