• Strange Year For Our Garden
    Our last frost day for 2021 was the day after Memorial Day, which is later than we have been experiencing. I had just moved my plants into the garden. I was not concerned, the low for the night was supposed to be 38. Plus the snow is off the heart, always a good…
  • The Show Must Go On
    Montana is not used to weeks of 90+ temperatures and no rain. Everything is bone dry. Karl has been watering twice a day. Early morning and in the evening. The nights have been warm as well. Come on rain!
  • Summer 2021
    Late June to July 1. This week we have had three days of intense heat and more to come. 103F at 5pm this afternoon and the nights are not cooling down. Flowers do not last long in this kind of heat. Every afternoon I wander the garden during the magic evening sun. Here…
  • Banana Peels and Tomato Plants
    What a mix! This seems to be the year I am using plants to help my garden – bananas and tomato leaves. For now let’s stick with the banana peels. On social media I was reading posts bragging on banana peels and how healthy their plants are now. A bit of research and…
  • Peony
    The History The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), who was a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. One version of the story goes that Paeon, known as the healer of the gods, used a peony to treat a wound for Zeus. When Asclepius became murderously jealous…
  • Peonies From Seed
    Fall 2020 Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Like most flowers there is such a variety of color, number of petals and blooming time to explore. This year I am working on moving our garden more towards bushes and easy care – meaning less weeding. What better plant to experiment with than…
  • West Garden
    The path to our door starts in the west garden where curved rock walls provide visual seasonal interest for all seasons, especially winter. Winter lasts a long time in Montana. Our multi colored rock walls offer color and form as they peak out from under the snow. In warmer weather the Snow in…
  • Shade Garden
    The Shade Garden used to be full sun, filled with strawberries and flowers. Now the maple trees are strong enough to hold our hammocks. The new plantings include lilies (in the sunny spots) hosta and ferns. Below is the shade garden in 2013. Not much shade there! We had strawberries on the house…
  • Woodland Garden
    Another spring garden, just a week or so behind the magical Garage Garden. The Woodland Garden is now all shade. Hosta and ferns hide in the shadows. The Woodland Garden looks full and lush. Life is everywhere, frogs, birds, snakes…. but it took time to develop into the magical place it is now….
  • Garage Garden
    Winter is long in Montana and the warmest spot in the garden hold the spring treasures. The tulips! It is the first to bloom in the spring.
  • Solar Dehydrator
    The quest… another way to create and store tasty food! Some food tastes better fresh, canned, frozen or dried. With a young orchard I figured drying at least some of the fruit would be a good idea. Dehydrators are expensive to buy and to run. There had to be a way to make…
  • Pit Greenhouse
    Winter in Montana can be a very cold experience.  Karl and I were in San Diego, Calif. in Nov 2014 and the first cold snap of the season came unexpectedly.  It was a -17F and we were in San Diego, there was nothing we could do.  We had the inner greenhouse up and…
  • Pit Greenhouse Construction
    We purchased a Kubota tractor and dug out part of the south facing hill. The pit greenhouse is north of the house embedded into a south facing bank. The bricks came from Home Resource in Missoula.  We did not have time to finish the greenhouse before winter. The white tape is electrical tape we have…
  • Long Shed Garden
    We toyed with calling this the Albatross, because it is 60 feet long.  The shed doubles as storage and privacy fence. We have a sauna at the southern end, a storage area for winter clothes, potting shed, freezer and the tractor on the north end.  The shed is level, the ground is not. …
  • East Garden
    Planning the east garden was fun, ok, so planning all the gardens was fun.  When we come out of the east door of the house, there is a concrete deck we can sit on.  The ground slopes towards the porch.  I could imagine us sitting on the porch and looking back towards the…