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  • Daffodils on my Mind
    by Katherine Laughlin on January 24, 2020 at 2:15 am

    I believe that there is a small part within each of us that is delighted each spring to see the first daffodils in bloom. These certainly are among the bravest of flowers, one of the first to herald the arrival of spring, and often pressing on in the most inhospitable of weather conditions.  A cheerful …

  • Manure and other Winter Thoughts
    by Katherine Laughlin on January 10, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      January is an introspective month for me. I look inward and take solace in the quiet, winter landscape. I try to redirect the urge to jump up to getting things done and sitting in silence. It’s as though the earth is at rest and I am meant to be, too. Though the sky is …

  • Community Matters
    by Katherine Laughlin on January 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    This year’s family Christmas party was different. I guess it’s the way I’m seeing the world these days. It supported observations I’ve made and a view that I’ve been developing for a while. You see, by and large, everything was much the same as usual with our annual family gathering at the farm. A home-cooked …

  • Reflecting on the Winter Solstice
    by Hannah Thomas on December 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Today marks the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. As I stood beneath that great oak at 5:00 this morning looking into the clear dark sky, illuminated with the glittering cosmos above, I wondered about the year ahead (all while wrangling two Scottish Terriers). To a farmer, this is the beginning of the …

  • Decking the Halls at Moss Mountain Farm
    by Hannah Thomas on November 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Christmas at Moss Mountain Farm is a busy time of the year. We enjoy receiving guests throughout the season and sharing the beauty of this special time. Planning holiday themes and decorations begins in early fall and I’m always trying new approaches to decking the halls from one year to the next. No matter how …

  • Why is coreopsis called “tickseed”?
    by Stacey Hirvela on January 17, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    It’s because the tiny, shiny, black seeds of coreopsis look a bit like ticks. It’s NOT because these beautiful plants attract or harbor the pesky buggers, or that ticks eat the seeds. Some plants really get a bum steer when it comes to common names! That’s why we typically refer to these plants as coreopsis (pronounced core-ee-OP-sis) The post Why is coreopsis called “tickseed”? appeared first on Great Garden Plants Blog.

  • Deer Resistant Garden Ideas
    by Stacey Hirvela on January 16, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    If you garden in deer country, we feel your pain. Here in West Michigan, we’ve got plenty of them, and they’ve happily moved into residential areas. After all, why would they limit themselves to the woods when there are yards full of hostas, daylilies, and roses to tempt them? Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful, The post Deer Resistant Garden Ideas appeared first on Great Garden Plants Blog.

  • History of Leucanthemum
    by Stacey Hirvela on January 14, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Shasta daisies: a story of American innovation. Though he’s best known for developing the Russet potato, Luther Burbank is also the genius behind Shasta daisies. Recalling the scraggly-but-charming oxeye daisies that grew wild in the New England countryside of his childhood, Burbank was inspired to use his plant breeding talents to develop a more robust, The post History of Leucanthemum appeared first on Great Garden Plants Blog.

  • Why plant Walker’s Low?
    by Stacey Hirvela on January 13, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    You love ‘Walker’s Low’, and so do we… It has been one of our best sellers for years, and it’s no wonder: it blooms like crazy every year, its cool purple-blue color goes with everything, it’s deer and rabbit resistant, and just plain easy to grow. We keep prices low on ‘Walker’s Low’ because it’s The post Why plant Walker’s Low? appeared first on Great Garden Plants Blog.

  • Facts about Climbing Hydrangea
    by Stacey Hirvela on January 9, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Shade tolerant, totally beautiful Climbing hydrangeas are versatile, easy to grow, and make a memorable statement in your landscape. Meet Hydrangea anomala petiolaris… …aka climbing hydrangea. Unlike other hydrangeas you may know, this is a vine that uses little rootlets to climb trees, walls, fireplaces, and other structures. In late spring/early summer, it’s covered in The post Facts about Climbing Hydrangea appeared first on Great Garden Plants Blog.

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  • Making a Great Display of Culinary Herb Plants
    by Kenny Point on August 1, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Last winter wasn’t the mildest but it was a good one for over wintering herb plants outdoors in the garden. Even herb varieties that are typically borderline hardy here in my growing region survived to put on a great show in the landscape this spring and summer. A big part of that success is location

  • Growing Winter Lettuce to Produce Early Spring Harvests
    by Kenny Point on April 7, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Winter Lettuce is one of my favorite crops for fall planting even though it doesn’t yield a harvest until the following spring. The name is a bit deceiving because this isn’t a single plant variety, and it isn’t a crop that is harvested during winter, at least that isn’t how I use it in my

  • Troy-Bilt FLEX Chipper Shredder Attachment Review
    by Kenny Point on April 4, 2017 at 1:10 am

    It’s been a couple of years since I began using the innovative Troy-Bilt FLEX System that employs a shared “power base” engine that connects to a variety of attachments to perform assorted tasks around the home and garden. Today I will share my experiences with a new addition to the FLEX line of equipment; the

  • The Latest Mushroom Cultivation Technique is in “Yesterday’s News”
    by Kenny Point on February 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Here’s a really quick, easy, and simple hack for growing mushrooms at home with just a few easily obtainable items. I learned this technique from a couple members of the Georgia Mushroom Growers Club at the Radical Mycology Convergence in New York last September. The ingredient list is short and consists of “Yesterday’s News” Kitty Litter (unused

  • VermisTerra Worm Castings and Teas for Soil Enrichment
    by Kenny Point on February 13, 2017 at 3:59 am

    A previous post detailed a simple worm bin that can be made out of recycled materials and kept right inside your home. But not everyone wants to take care of worms or have them in the house, in spite of the benefits gained through recycling kitchen scraps and producing a wonderful plant fertilizer in the