Compact trees are better suited to withstand stormy weather.
Japanese maples add grace and stunning beauty to small landscapes without endangering property.
Seeing scenes of storm damage from around the country this summer made me realize how destructive large trees can be when they come crashing down on houses, cars, and utility w [...]
The key to keeping cyclamen happy and healthy is to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible. They thrive in cool temperatures that drop as low as 40 degrees F. at night
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A crow on a barren branch in Death Valley, California.
All spring and summer, our fields and gardens are crowded with busy songbirds flitting in and out of feeders, carrying bits of twig and string to their nests and filling the air with their bright songs. But as autumn brings frosty nights and lengthening shadows, the songbirds depart one b [...]
A basket of just-picked tomatoes will be welcome in the staff lunch room.
Planting your fall beds with Super Hoops in place makes it easy to add protection when colder days arrive.
This week I have been planting fall garden beds. The timing is about right, here in Zone 5, for putting in beets, carrots, turnips, snap peas and cold-tole [...]
The Hori Hori Knife
If I had to pick one tool that’s indispensable for a gardener, it would be the hori. No other tool is more useful.
When pulling weeds, grab your hori as shown and plunge in behind the weed to loosen it and pull it out. Resist the inclination to hold it like a serving spoon (or trowel) because it’s hard on your [...]
Freshly dug parsnips
By the middle of March, the only food I’m still eating from last year’s garden are onions, shallots and garlic. I feel pretty good about that until I think about the fact that some lucky gardeners out there are digging parsnips right around now.
I love parsnips (roasted or roasted and then pureed), but have nev [...]
Plant peas in late July to early August for a delectable fall harvest.
For lots of folks, the Secret Garden isn’t a physical place; it’s a time of year. These savvy gardeners enjoy some of the sweetest harvests of the year when the rest of us are already raiding our freezers or resorting to supermarket vegetables.
If you think of sw [...]
The Purple Sensation allium bridges the gap between spring and early summer-flowering perennials.
Deer discovered my garden a few years ago, so I’ve been growing more plants from their do-not-eat list. It turns out that deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits find alliums— plants in the onion family— distasteful. That’s great news because [...]