Hops Orchard Project

This summer I am growing, of my own volition and for my own edification, a hops orchard. At harvest time, in autumn, the hops cones will be sold to Adirondack Brew Pub, the hippest brewery in the Lake George-Saratoga region. Shown in the photos are the teepee structures used for trellising. Hops grow as high [...]

Butterflies and Yarrow

Some home gardeners in Saratoga and Lake George don't like Yarrow, they think it spreads too quickly. The Butterflies feel differently though; Yarrow is one of the best plants to choose for attracting Butterflies to the garden. Butterflies can see more range of light than any other creature. They see the full spectrum of light [...]

Organic Gardening for (and with) Tea

Tea is medicine to me year round; iced tea is literally a spiritual experience for me in the summer. There is something ethereal about the process of seeing herbs grown organically in all their aromatic splendor, harvesting them and seeing them transform, as if by magic into tea, a substance so subjectively wonderful and really [...]

On Beneficial Insects in the Garden

One of the staples of organic gardening and companion planting is attracting beneficial, or predatory insects to the garden to help. Yesterday, in a garden halfway between Lake George and Saratoga, I saw this Dragonfly. That means that the home gardener is doing something right: his property is loaded with Dragonflies, Bees, Butterflies, Assasin Bugs, [...]

Little Acres: Non-Permanent Raised Beds

It's just after Memorial Day weekend, and in the Saratoga- Lake George gardening region of the world, that means vegetable gardening installation. Edible gardens are so trendy nowadays as people are more conscious of healthy eating and interested in organic produce. Some of my clients want raised beds; I've been buying moveable raised beds called"Little [...]

Late Spring and Early Summer Indoor Gardening Joy.

This week, as late spring rapidly turns to early summer, I'm witnessing a profusion of gorgeous Passiflora blooms. Several types of Passionflowers- Maypop is shown above and Star of Clevedon below. The Lake George region is a great place to have an indoor garden: winters are so long, dark and cold up here. It's really [...]

A niche plant

Today while walking in the forest near my house, I saw an indicator that spring is about to turn to summer: lots of Ladyslipper Orchids in full bloom. These endangered wildflowers find a secret pocket to thrive in dappled sunlit spots in the Connected Pine Grove. These orchids are astonishing: but don't touch please. If [...]

Feng Shui Garden Project in Lake George, NY

The past year has brought me the good fortune of developing a close friendship with my region's premier Feng Shui Consultant. A side benefit to a rich friendship has been my absorption of major Feng Shui principles. If you have an interest in learning these, I suggest following Brenda's facebook page. Useful suggestions are offered [...]

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