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Perfect for Shade – Hosta ‘Praying Hands’

There was a lot of interest in my last column about shade gardening, which reminded me: a couple of months back, the good folks from Scotts were looking for a gardening project to support in Boston, and I recommended the … 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

Garden in a Pot

Earlier this spring I was shopping for plants at the nursery, and came across a wonderful selection of  (mostly) tender succulents being sold as annuals. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with these little guys, but … 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

Floating Row Cover: A Gardener’s Best Friend

This year for the first time in a long time I was able to get a good germination from notoriously hard to germinate carrots, and the key to my success was using floating row cover. Tacked directly onto the soil, … 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