In The Frenzy of Spring, Remember The ‘Why’

Not satisfied with feeling overwhelmed with spring cleaning, spring wardrobe changeover, spring home repairs and spring holiday plans, I thought it might be clever to go outside last week, pick up a trowel and increase my anxiety in the spring garden – source


Growing a Beautiful, Not Just Edible, Vegetable Garden

Beautiful vegetables? What is she talking about? Aren’t all vegetables beautiful?

For those who live and breathe a garden life and not just a garden life-style, the answer is of course yes. Even flopping potato vines are attractive when you kno – source


Air Plants, Demystified.

Air plants are the new It Girl. From the common grocery store checkout aisle to the upscale garden center, they’re pretty much everywhere. They’re even turning up in the houses of your less-horticulturally inclined friends (which was probably your – source


Sprouts! A Winter Garden in Your Kitchen

Many activities we perform in this life (and which others might never consider) are undertaken simply because we saw them modeled for us as children or young adults.
Exposure to these skills helped us understand that they were far from magical, and t – source

spring gardening

I’m Not Starting Seeds This Year. Here’s Why.

I’ve got better priorities.
Granted, this is a pretty gutsy thing to say as a garden columnist, but before you revoke my license, let me tell you exactly why I think it’s critical to share this with you.

I try very hard to live what I write. That – source


2018 New Year’s Day–My Annual I’m Gonnas

Each year, I like to write about my hopes for the new garden year. It surprised me to learn this was my ninth year writing this post!
Remember last year when I was looking for a change? No? Here’s a refresher–after three books in the previous seven y – source


Gear Closet: Under Armour Fat Tire Govie SE Winter Boots

If you live in the eastern half of the U.S., chance are you know that winter has arrived with a vengeance. Cold conditions have struck the country and the so-called “bomb cyclone” has dropped plenty of snow and ice on the New England states, bringing – source

New years

Create a Wildlife Tree from Your Christmas Tree

It’s over.

Most people in the country are doing one of four things right now.
① Breathing a sigh of relief.
② Wondering where December went.
③ Feeling a bit nostalgic and determined to keep the spirit of the season going.
④ Grinning at the fact tha – source


How to choose the right fertilizer for all your growing needs

Most anyone that grows any plant knows it needs certain nutrients in order to thrive. The challenge if often knowing what type of fertilizer to give what plant and when.
One of the most important things you can do in understanding what your plants ne – source


Of Gifts and Guilt: Five Rules for Plant Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and once this season ‘tis over, another one ‘tis right around the corner. So this morning it occurs to me to discuss for a minute the perfect pairing of plants and gift giving.
Is it actually perfect?

Before you answer – source