In the north, growing bananas isn’t about the fruit, we do it for the huge leaves.
My Abyssinian banana (Ensete maurelii) gets bigger every year.
When it comes to getting that tropical look in a northern garden, there’s nothing like banana trees. They grow fast and tall. And because it’s fairly easy to bring them thr [...]
The staked stem of our Himalayan banana tree, growing in Burlington, VT.
For many years, we have grown banana trees in our garden. Not for the fruit, but for the large, tropical leaves and the unlikely accent they add to our Vermont gardens.
In fall, I dig up the plants and drag the heavy clumps — wrapped in burlap — into the basement for [...]
A sundew plant is a clever gardener’s fruit fly trap.
Pear Fruit Fly Trap
To get rid of fruit flies, the easy and efficient solution is to buy a trap. We offer some beautiful options, including a crackle-glass pear that looks nothing like a trap. However, if you are looking for a DIY solution, here are some of the best ideas from the em [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
How the tree looked early in the season.
I went out to weed the front garden early this morning while it was still cool. The bed runs right along the sidewalk on Colchester Avenue in Burlington, VT, so I like to keep it nice. Every year, my spouse and I plant something different, featuring colorful annuals. This year’s design [...]
Chris Maston’s pizza
Chris Maston gardens in Rescue, CA, which is in the Sierra Nevada foothills at about 1,300 feet.
The garden harvest often suggests what’s for dinner. While taking stock of what was ready to pick in her garden, Chris Maston of Rescue, CA, decided to create this pizza.
She presented it as a gift to a family that [...]
Brugmansias, stealing the show.Every summer, the front border at our house is reserved for a display of annuals. It’s beside the sidewalk on one of Burlington’s main thoroughfares, so we want it to be special. This year, my partner designed a border that features brugmansias and other plants in hot colors, including a Chinese bana [...]
Save treasured tropicals for next season’s garden. They’ll be bigger and better!
I used to save quite a few plants through the winter. I had dreams of plants that would be more grand and beautiful with each passing year. Well, overwintering isn’t always as easy as it looks. In some cases, there are pest [...]