Designing with Brick

Every since I was a little boy, I’ve had a fascination with bricks. I know this may sound a bit strange, but it’s true. While other kids were entertaining themselves with board games or erector sets, I could usually be … 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

Designing the Garden: Fences, Hedges and Screen Plantings

Part Three of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape As spring rolls finally rolls around here in Boston, and people start to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fine weather, my clients inevitably ask me about … Continue reading

Designing Your Landscape: The Great American Lawn

Part Two of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape There exists a curious phenomenon in our country found in few others around the world: The mania for the perfect, weed-free Great American Lawn. The word mania … Continue reading

Winter’s Wonder: The Sublime Witch-hazel

A chill wind blows through the cold and barren garden as I make my way back to the house amid small mounds of left-over ice and snow.  Here and there the tip of an occasional snowdrop can be seen trying … Continue reading

Garden Travels: Denver

Most people don’t associate Denver with gardening (I know I certainly didn’t) but just having come back from the Mile-High City, I want to tell you that there’s a lot of great horticulture going on in Colorado. As usual, I … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Michael Weishan’s Famous Victory Garden Chili

A number of years back, I was asked to bring something for one of our end-season crew parties, so I decided to make a chili recipe that I had inherited from my mother, though with a few twists. For years, … Continue reading

Organizing Seeds

OK, so we’ve all been there: enticed by those luscious catalogs glowing with glossies of ripe and redolent vegetables, we’ve rushed out, bought large quantities of seeds, and then stuck the packets in a drawer, only to remember them again … Continue reading

The Best (And Worst) Vegetables of 2009-2010

As promised, the best of the best, and worst of the worst seed-grown vegetable list from 2009. Now remember, to some extent these ratings are subjective, and dependent on climate; when choosing varieties, you must always select cultivars that are … Continue reading

Greening the White House Victory Garden

I’ve been doing a considerable amount of research ahead of my 2010 national lecture tour, pulling together three new talks on “Greening the Victory Garden”, all about how to get started growing your own fresh food in an environmentally sensitive … Continue reading