After the Apocalypse, My Garden will Only be Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm, also known as balm mint or simply, balm, is a lovely lemon-scented leaf in the mint family, and true to its family name, it will take over in a minute if, you let it. According to Wikipedia, the maximum height is 59 inches, so just a few inches shorter than me. I’ve watched…

Weed Cloth: A Rant

A rant, but also some good advice for starting a garden… DO NOT USE WEED CLOTH! Learn from my mistakes; below you’ll find out why weed cloth is such a mistake, but you can also stop reading and just trust me that mulch makes a better weed barrier than any weed cloth you will find…

First Harvest: Arugula 

I made my first harvest of the year yesterday for dinner. This arugula came back from least year and it is spicy!  Pro tip: use a colander or strainer to collect your harvest so that it’s easy to wash! How to Harvest Arugula Arugula flowers are cute and edible, and make a great garnish for…

Tulips

Happy Spring! The tulips are just about to bloom!

Life Finds a Way

We’re still finding stuff in the yard—pieces of concrete, large stones, broken pieces of wood fencing—gifts from Hurricane Sandy. If they’re nice stones, I put them in the patch of my patio that is covered with stones, if they’re long enough pieces of wood, I add them to the garden border, but usually the other shrapnel…

Creeping Phlox

I planted this phlox two years ago and it’s at least quadrupled in size. It will get even bigger this year. I planted two other colors at the same time, but they haven’t done nearly as well. I don’t know if it’s grown so well because of the variety or where it’s planted, but I think…