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

Hardening Off

With the price of nursery plantings heading north of the Pole this year, there is every impetus in the world to grow your own annuals and vegetables from seed. (For a complete how-to on that process, click HERE) But now … 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

Combatting Scale and Whitefly Indoors

I was down in the greenhouse this morning, and noticed as I was watering the Confederate Jasmine that the leaves had shiny, sticky spots on them, normally a sign that scale was present. Sure enough, a flip of the leaves … Continue reading

The Regal Clivia

My love affair with clivias started long before I ever owned one, a case of transference from my childhood gardening hero, Thalassa Cruso. I’ve written about Thalassa before (and in fact, I’m working with WGBH to get her programs back … Continue reading

Thalassa Cruso Returns!

A few weeks ago I went to see Julie/Julia – which was terrific by the way – and I was reminded again how much I enjoyed watching PBS when I was a boy, and, how formative  good television could be … Continue reading