from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

Got Kale? Lots of Kale? Make Quiche!


It never fails: I plant too much kale. Not quite enough to give to the food shelf, but more than I can handle. Same goes for Swiss chard. And who hasn’t gotten a CSA share full of gorgeous leafy vegetables only to have her spirits sink and soar simultaneously. But I’ve done all I can: […]

Burnout: Trade Burning Bush for Superior Shrubs


Around here, burning bush (Euonymus alatus) has long been among the most popular of shrubs. During my years in sales at the garden center, it was among the top ten.  Everyone — even non-gardeners — seemed to know about it, probably because of its showy fall color. But attitudes toward the plant have changed in […]

Make Berry Syrup with Summer-Fresh Fruit


An abundance of raspberries and blueberries gave me an excuse to make some fresh fruit syrups this summer. With just three ingredients, these syrups are simple to make and easy to freeze or can — if you can stop yourself from using them immediately!

Company Farm Update: Growing Strong, Despite the Rain


Relentless rain in Vermont this spring and early summer almost nixed the planting of our newly expanded Company Farm, our volunteer effort to feed the hungry here in Vermont. We were able to plant about a month later than normal, and the plants are growing at last. With luck, we hope to pull off a […]

When Blight Strikes, it’s Time for Tough Love


How do you become a better gardener? Practice. That’s the secret. In my practice this season, I planted two tomatoes in our front-yard vegetable garden, showcasing them in shiny red pots (from our Viva line) that flank the front entrance. They looked so nice. Front yard vegetable gardens can be beautiful. But then it rained. […]

Peony Lovers: Who Was Sarah Bernhardt?


Ever wonder how some plants get their names? The romantically fragrant, pink peony Sarah Bernhardt was named more than 100 years ago and remains a garden favorite. The beloved French actress, known as Madame Sarah (born in Paris 1844-1923), is still considered the most famous actress of the 19th century. The peony that bears her name was introduced […]

Dish it Out. Succulents Can Take the Heat


If you’re looking for a simple, easy-care planter that can endure heat and dry spells, consider filling a pot with succulents.

Invite Mason Bees into Your Backyard


Bees have been in the news lately because of the important role they play in pollinating crops. Even President Obama has gotten involved by launching a new strategy to help honeybees and other pollinators. Although I’d like to do more to help pollinators, I’m not ready to put a hive in my city backyard. Instead, […]

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