Use Natural Cues To Grow Your Garden
Robin, thank you for the article. How do I learn more about gardening by nature's signs. Are there any books on this subject? Where can I find them?
I am not aware of any one book that deals solely with phenology, though such a book would be a big hit with gardeners! I was first introduced to this concept while reading “The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom” by Cynthia Van Hazinga. It has one page about phenology that sparked my interest and I have been collecting snippets of this folk wisdom ever since. You might find the website for the National Phenology Network (USANPN.org) to be of interest.
When I took a course in biodynamics it was noted how in modern times (with technological advances that distanced people from the land), we'd lost most of the old adages that were once passed down from one generation to the next, pithy sayings that provided clues as to the most auspicious times for planting and other salient gardening activities. (Of course, people were once more observant of nature, not spending so much of time staring straight ahead or down into a screen as if with blinders on.) Thank you for helping to keep these pearls alive and, in the process, encouraging closer observation of the natural world. :)
Great article on signs of Spring. I have been checking out the birds, they seem to notice things I don't. Still Winter and extra muddy for now in Maryland
I'm looking at getting a GUARD Goose! I don't know if that'll keep the rabbits out of your garden though. I think it'll help to keep the squirrels out of mine! :-D
Luckily for me rabbits are one critter I don't have to deal with but we do have woodchucks and porcupines. Fencing has been the best solution for them. It is time consuming since you need to bury a portion of the fence to deter them from digging under. Depending on the size of your garden, fencing can be costly as well. There are sprays and homemade concoctions that can be used to repel them. Bear in mind that most need to be reapplied regularly especially after it rains. You probably don't want to spray anything you are going to eat.
Robin, Do you have any idea what the name of the iris in the first photo of this article? Anyone? Thank you for all the great information