A Thing or Two About Onion Seeds

During my Victory Garden years, we grew a lot of different types of onions. Or rather, Kip Anderson, our gardener, grew a lot of different onions. I was nonplussed. After all, can’t you just buy a bag of onions for … Continue reading

Trees for Small Gardens

Whenever I am called upon to design a small garden, my first concern, after having determined the overall style and feel of the space I’m contemplating, is how to make the garden appear as large as possible. A good designer … Continue reading

Dethroning the Heirloom Tomato

I was putting together my seed order this morning after suffering another disastrous year with late blight in which the majority of my tomatoes, mostly heirlooms, were dead by early August along with most of the harvest, and I came … Continue reading

2011 Seed Round-Up

Gardening is, by its very nature, the triumph of optimism over experience. William Alexander, The $64 Tomato I will honestly tell you that I came very close not to publishing my annual seed review this year. 2011 was one of … Continue reading

Garden Travels: Lessons from Malta

I’m just back from a very interesting 10 days in Malta. Truth be told, it’s not someplace I’d ever intended to visit, but a dear college friend of mine was on sabbatical there this fall, and the invitation seemed too … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: More on Endive

I was out in the rain-soaked garden this morning peering about, and noticed that finally, finally the chicory has sprouted. It took quite along time – and several week of consistent moisture – but the little plantlets are finally on … Continue reading

Dahlias

Hurrah! ….it is a frost! The dahlias are all dead! Surtees, Handley Cross 1843 Alas the poor dahlia has been something of a garden misfit since it first departed the New World for the Old. Beloved by the Aztecs as … Continue reading

2011 Seed Catalog Awards

Well, it’s that time of year again; the seed catalogs are arriving fast and furiously.  How to choose among all that gloss? No worries, I’ve done it for you. Here are my 2011 top catalog picks. For the second year … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Hearty Stew with Fall Greens, Beans & Sausage

Well, it’s October tomorrow. Wasn’t it just May? Somehow the years seem to pick up speed as you grow older… At any rate, I’m venturing out between raindrops this afternoon to pick the last of the tomatoes from the garden … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Thyme for Fall!

In ancient Greece, if you wanted to describe someone as chic and stylish, you said he or she “smelled of thyme.” Since then, thyme has never lost its appeal. The Greeks valued the herb for its pungent scent and delicious … Continue reading