The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever.
The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. The [...]
While we wait for the USDA’s new zone map, it’s important to remember that it’s only a guide.
I always get a surge of pride when the leaves of this maple (Acer shirasawanum) start to unfurl. It’s zone 5; my backyard is zone 4. After three Vermont winters, it’s not dead.
According to an article on the Scie [...]
Brighten someone’s day with home-grown flowers.
Rembrandt Dahlia Mixture
Who Dun It Dahlia
My cutting garden last year, including: Hot Crayon Colors zinnias from Renee’s Garden Seeds; an electric orange gladiolus that I’ve been saving year to year (it first came in a bag of mixed colors); Green Star Gladiolus; [...]
New bamboo towels come in eco-friendly green — and white, too.
Bamboo towels (60% bamboo, 40% cotton) are surprisingly plush. They feel cool to the touch because the bamboo fibers are so smooth that there’s little friction on the skin.
I used to think towels were just towels. Well, it turns out that you can do better than [...]
The start of a new year feels like a chance to take charge and start over with new goals and a new attitude.
Vegetables grow more efficiently in raised beds.
My garden and I share some shortcomings, so this year I’m writing resolutions for both of us. We have some lofty goals for 2009. We resolve to lose weight and get in shape, becom [...]
Let the scents of summer take you back to the garden.
The rose harvest in a warehouse in Turkey.
This time of year is always difficult for gardeners. The days grow short, the garden is covered with snow and winter settles in. It’s too early to start seeds—the catalogs have only just begun arriving. What’s more, it seems l [...]
Rechargeable batteries are better for the planet — and less expensive in the long run.
Americans throw away 3 billion batteries a year.
My parents and grandparents lived by the adage, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Our generation’s version lacks the frugal connotation, but we reduce, reuse and recycle in their fo [...]
Volunteers turn abandoned land into neighborhood treasure.
Two of the Park’s most committed volunteers, Mel and Delona, took a quick break to show me a new section they’ve begun clearing. Charlotte told me later, that these two, and another volunteer named Terry, logged 136 volnteer hours during October alone. Left to right: [...]