Watching the Fluff of the World Floating By… June 2021

It’s been almost 6 months since I last did any writing in this space. I’m not sure why I’ve been so quiet. I expect it is the weight of the last year… and the weight of the future to come… that has caught up…

November 2020 on the Croft: Wrap Up

Hello! Even though the winter solstice isn’t until December 21st, November always feels like the true start of winter in Iowa. And I have to be honest, you’ll notice that I didn’t post much this month AND I’m a week late posting this and…

October 2020 on the Croft: Wrap Up

Hello! October is the very heart of Autumn and because I love this season, I have a soft spot for October. In Iowa, it starts with the peak of the bird migration as most birds flee south. It signals the end of the garden,…

How to Make Your Own Worm Composter for Under $30

I’ve been vermicomposting (the fancy word for using worms to make compost) for many years but I’ve always used a commercial bin. The problem is that one little bin doesn’t make a lot of composter and I really want to ramp up my production….

September 2020 on the Croft: Wrap Up

Hello! September is always an eventful month. It starts with a holiday here in the U.S. (labor day) which seems like it doubles as a last hurrah for summer. The days start getting noticeably shorter and the temperatures here in zone 5-Iowa can range…

Fall Gardening: Making the Most of the Growing Season

September 8, 2020 It’s September! Here in the the northern hemisphere that means basically it’s autumn. The Fall Equinox is just 2 weeks away (September 22nd), days are noticeably shortening and all the growing things are all starting to lose their luster. It’s past…

10 Gardening Tips For Being a Lazy Gardener

I’m a certified lazy gardener. Okay, that’s a lie because as far as I know there is no certification program for being lazy in the garden but if there was, I’d be top of the class. Or, you know, as top-of-the-class as a lazy…