The Best Resource for January Garden Tips

a snow-covered scene painted in Hungary with open countryside, low hills, and trees in the distance, all under a fresh blue sky; the artist is József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927)
Winter, also known as Hills in Somogy, Undated
József Rippl-Rónai (1861–1927)

In the past I’ve mentioned the potential value of discarded holiday greens and–if you’re snow-free–to look out for discarded or unwanted mums. There’s always more and more . . . and more timely seasonal advice to say, so that’s why I wanted to let you know there’s a resource that covers it all. Read more

Free Book on Raising Vegetables

painting Planting the Garden from 1909 by William Coffin
Planting the Garden (1909)
William Coffin

If you plant a vegetable garden, or haven’t before but want to grow some vegetables this year, you should know that there’s an excellent book that’s free. You can find it on the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service web site. This volume by Dr. James Knott (1897-1977) was first published in 1956; the download is the fifth edition (2006).

If you like to print things, you should know that this one is 600 pages. If you’d like an opinion besides mine, here’s a review.

Shelley’s Ode to the West Wind Ushers in Spring

oil painting February Atmosphere: Early Spring in the Vienna Woods (1884) by Emil Schindler
February Atmosphere: Early Spring in the Vienna Woods (1884)
by Emil Schindler

from the Ode to the West Wind by Percy Shelley (1792–1822), written in three-line groups called tercets:

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes! O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark, wintry bed Read more