Guest Blogger Jan Peccarrari Visits a Farmers’ Market and a Plant Outlet to make the most of her small balcony. This was written last year, but it was late for finding the best plants. Now the weather is still cold in New England , but you can buy the plants and set up your balcony, […]Read more "Even if Your Balcony is Small It’s Time to Grow Again!"
Where I work we recently purchased four lovely bronze planters that presently stand outside the doors to the Carroll Center Tech building with full lush ’mums in them. Soon enough, these will die back as winter arrives. Not wanting to see those planters empty, I purchased spring blooming bulbs and relocated the planters from outside […]Read more "Blooms With Meaning"
Do you wonder if blindness will prevent you from being a good gardener? Jan is the go-to expert for indoor and porch gardening at the Carroll Center One morning a coworker came to me, “Jan, I need your help.” I turned from my computer, expecting something needed to be filed or electronically retrieved. “I was […]Read more "Saving Fern: from contributor Jan Peccarrari"
Jean Courcy lives in western Maine with his wife Elizabeth. His large yard is filled with auto, building and garden projects. He is always active and interested in everything, and generous to friends and neighbors with expertise and assistance. Here is his latest advice about vegetable growing with no way to recognize baby seedlings. Planting […]Read more "Growing Vegetables Without an Eye for the Details"
Another guest post from Janet Pecorari, who lives in a second floor apartment with a small balcony. This does not stop her from being a keen indoor and outdoor gardener. This post is about growing parsley from seed. It could be adapted for other seeds such as the tomato and egg plants in the photograph. […]Read more "Planting Seeds for Summer, a Guest Post from an Apartment Gardener"
It is March and the snow continues to drizzle down. We all wish it was spring, but why not take advantage of the snow to make your houseplants happy? You can use snow for watering and even feeding houseplants. Snow melt may give plants extra nitrogen, and certainly avoids the chemicals used to treat […]Read more "If Life Gives You Snow, Water Your Houseplants!"
With the fall closing in and Thanksgiving only a month away, you can create living gifts now, before life gets crazy, by planting bulbs in pots. There are two types of bulb that have been specially treated so that they can be grown without leaving them in a cold dark place for weeks (a process […]Read more "Living Gifts"
Or maybe it’s your fingers that will get the most satisfaction! All the plants here can be grown successfully in tubs, pots or window-boxes. They are also sturdy and can be cared for without seeing them. Pleasing your fingers Your hands and fingers will be doing a lot of the work with not much […]Read more "Do You Want to Please Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth?"
Gardening is supposed to be a pleasure, but not when you are new to blindness. I once weeded up an entire row of my father’s newly planted carrots. While you are beginning to adjust you may need to rest up some of the time. Being a couch potato can be depressing, but sitting […]Read more "Porch Potatoes"
There are 3 challenges to gift buying when your sight is poor, or you have no vision. The first is getting to the stores you like; the second is picking out the item from the hundreds around you, but which are not on display to you; and the third is selecting the gift in […]Read more "Selecting Your Gifts Unseen"