Whistling Gardener Blog

"Time to get those cool season veggies planted," by the Whistling Gardener

In March and April we have what we call the “cool season” in which we can plant root crops like potatoes and carrots and onions and radishes, leaf crops like lettuce and spinach and cabbage and broccoli and finally peas.

For all you hard-core veggies gardeners out there you probably already know that March is a good time to get started on the veggie garden. But first timers may not realize that there are really two seasons to plant veggies (and I suppose a third in the fall) and that we can’t just plant everything all at one time.

"Learning the art of Bonsai can calm your nerves," by the Whistling Gardener

Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one.

Nothing causes me more stress than trying to adjust to Daylight Saving Time and while I would dearly love to use this space to rant about how much I loath it the fact is that this is a gardening column so I am going to instead tell you about how stress-relieving Bonsai can be for our sleep deprived souls.

"What’s all the buzz about Mason Bees?" by the Whistling Gardener

A mason bee doing his duty. Mason bees are native bees that are happily pollinating fruit trees and berry bushes.

What’s all the buzz about Mason Bees? Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that there is a pollination crisis going on in the world due to a serious decline in honey bee populations. The good news is that home gardeners can help out by encouraging native populations of mason bees into our gardens where they will happily pollinate our fruit trees and berries even when the weather is lousy.