I’m deep in the heart of a bitter cold northern winter and something strange is happening. I’m rejecting gardening books and seed catalogs. I really don’t know why, as I’ve always enjoyed snuggling with garden literature. Lately though, I just can’t drum up the enthusiasm for a good, long, green-thumbed read.
Chris Ahrens, marketer and cubicle farmer
This gray cubicle needs some life. It needs a garden!
Given a choice of where to plant a garden, I bet most gardeners would choose their backyard or community garden. For me, it’s my desk … at work. With winter in full swing and the ground hard as a rock, outdoor gardening is not an option for [...]
Peperomias are a diverse group, including everything from smooth-leafed, variegated types to varieties with puckered leaves.
Karen brings in a flat of zamifolia plants, sometimes called ZZ plant.
Looking for houseplants that can take a long winter — or someone who doesn’t have a green thumb? Here are recommendations from Karen Win [...]
A few years ago a young woman asked me for help with her large, potted acacia tree. “I’ve had it for several years, and it was doing fine until recently. Now, the leaves are yellowing and dropping, and it’s just not thriving.”
This geranium blooms nonstop, thanks to regular fertilizing and top-dressing with worm castin [...]
Make your own cheese; grow your own mushrooms.
If you have a do-it-yourselfer on your gift list, consider one of our DIY kits. New this year is the Mozzarella and Ricotta Homemade Cheese Kit, a fun and easy way to make cheese in just 30 minutes. Our DIY cheesemaking kit contains enough ingredients to make 30 batches — just add milk. Kit inclu [...]
Glass Greenhouse Ornament
Need a gift for a gardener? Ask a gardener! To assemble this list, we put a call out to our “company of gardeners,” asking for their favorites. Here’s what they suggest:
Harvest Storage Crate
Dalton: I like to give bundled gifts that serve more than one purpose.
That’s why I am planning to gi [...]
A potted serrano pepper
As the gardening season comes to a close here in Vermont, some of us are just not taking it well. At all. I mean, how frustrating that our beautiful peppers are finally starting to ripen and short, cold days are just around the corner!
Peppers — just like tomatoes and eggplants — are perennial in hot z [...]
The My Greens Light Garden has four growing trays, so you can ensure a continued flow of fresh greens by planting a new batch of seeds every couple of weeks. After harvest, wash and replant empty trays.
Winter is a difficult time for me because there are long periods when I can’t get out into the soil. Spring is still on the far horizo [...]