Winter Sun

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At our home the most private yard space is to the north of the house. There is a very noticeable difference in the amount of sun we get in that area throughout the seasons. During the summer we line up containers of tomato plants and grow vegetables. In the winter? Well, the sun barely shines on the yard at all – see below. It would be an excellent spot for an ice rink. The good

Neurotic about Tomatoes

We had a very successful tomato growing season last year on our little plot of land in the West End of Hartford. Not being one who likes to take steps backwards, I geared up for another year of productive tomato plants. Kyle even made a new garden bed just for this vegetable. Our hopes were high. Three weeks ago we attended the seedling sale at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain. They have a

The Mulch Calculator

Mulch Pile

Mulching the gardens is a spring tradition here at the Bergquist house. We don’t have a very large lot, but have more than our share of garden space. Each of the past two years we have added large gardens to a portion of the yard that was formerly shaded by a large tree. Once upon a time we could load up bags of mulch at the Home Improvement Superstore and haul them home. We had