Caveat Emptor

While I was host of “The Victory Garden,” Scotts was our sponsor, and every spring, a huge semi-truck would pull up in front of my house, loaded to the ceiling with free Scotts products for us to use during the … Continue reading

Legacy

Legacy is an amazing thing. As a child growing up in the 70s, I was captivated by the TV gardener and garden writer, Thalassa Cruso. I’ve written about her several times before, so I will only add here that my … Continue reading

Frost Against the Panes

It is in the dead of winter that the greenhouse is at its best, for then is the contrast of life and death the greatest. Just beyond the living tender leaf — separated only by the slender film of the … Continue reading

Creating Effective Seasonal Indoor Displays

Every year at this season my mailbox bulges with questions about how to create effective indoor seasonal displays. I’m always a little loath to give advice on this subject, for fear of going down the Martha Stewart road. Now don’t … Continue reading

More Thalassa Cruso!

Those of you who read this column regularly know that I am a huge fan of 60s gardening guru Thalassa Cruso. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten a number of letters from various Thalassa fans, thanking me for … Continue reading

Garden Refreshers

My grandfather used to say that anybody could garden in the automatic abundance of June: it was the rest of the year that tested the gardener’s mettle. This is especially true in August, when the heady display of spring and … Continue reading

Flowers for Free – Forcing Branches

The other day I passed by a florist shop, and sighed. The air was so redolent with the scents of spring with flowers and foliage in carefree profusion, that I was tempted to make a purchase. I paused for moment, … Continue reading

Saving Money With Cuttings

I spent an idyllic weekend in far northern Vermont this past Memorial day, one afternoon of which was occupied in helping my friend Christina and her son Julian put in their vegetable garden. As part of the process, we stopped … Continue reading

Beets Me: Starting Seeds Indoors Step by Step

Every spring, I marvel at the crowds of people buying flats and flats of expensive annual and vegetable seedlings at nurseries and box stores. For expediency’s sake, that’s fine; but for better economy, and for better gardening, you can save … Continue reading