Compost: The Gardener’s Gold

I love compost. It gives me great satisfaction to divert veggie wastes to our three-bin system outside rather than pitch them into the garbage. It also means we pay less for trash removal (those banana peels add up quickly!), and every few weeks in the summer—after the microbes and worms have finished their work—I get a free supply of high-quality fertilizer, the gardener’s gold. Plus, harvesting that “gold” gives me a full-body workout.

Free Plants!

One of the things I like best about gardening is the annual discovery of “volunteers,” useful plants that have unexpectedly reseeded themselves. I find them everywhere, from gourds atop the compost pile to a dill plant among the nasturtiums.

Part of the fun is trying to recognize a useful volunteer versus a weed. Sometimes I let a mystery plant grow until I have an idea of what it is. Once, for example, I noticed a plant with large squash-like leaves growing

Critters in the Garden: Deer and Bunnies

If you have a garden, there’s a 100 percent chance that it will attract critters. Over the years Phil (my husband) and I have discovered everything from snapping turtles to slugs; even a mama turkey and her chicks.

Most of these animals do relatively little damage. Deer and rabbits are the BIG exception. Our garden seems to have a neon sign inviting them over, in part because the garden borders a brook and faces a large swath of woodland.

Of Cilantro, Lettuce, and other Greens

Lettuce, CilantroLast night my husband Phil and I enjoyed a picnic in the nearby Blue Hills complete with a baguette and a tub of cilantro pesto. That’s actually what prompted this post, because the pesto (recipe below) was made a few days ago with cilantro from our garden.

Spring Tour of the Flower Garden

In this short video I thought I’d share some of my favorite flowers in the spring flower garden. They include Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum), Bearded Irises ((Iris germanica), and Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).