Don’t You Just Love Free Shipping on Seeds?

One thing that always really galls me is to get to the end of an Internet seed order, and then click the button only to find the total has increased by 20% because of shipping. Especially seeds. For goodness sake, … 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: 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

Harvesting Garlic

One of the things I find odd about garden writing is that while there is generally more than ample advice about sowing and planting food crops, there is comparatively little information about harvesting, which, after all, is the entire point … 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

From the Kitchen Garden: Remembering Rhubarb

A month or so back I wrote about lilacs, and the uncanny ability their scent possesses of being able to transport you out of time and place to sunny moments of your past.  But for me, there’s another plant with … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Garlic Necks

Well, it’s almost solstice, and the annual garlic harvest has once again come to a head. (I know, I know – I couldn’t resist.)  But seriously: the individual cloves I planted last November have overwintered, sprouted, and have now formed … Continue reading

Designing Your Landscape: Unifying House and Garden

Part One of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape When you step into a really well designed landscape, something just feels right: There’s a sense of pleasure, of comfort, of being at home, outdoors and in. … 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

Garden Travels – Big Sur

One of the nicest things about gardening is that it’s a hobby easy to share, and around the world there are folks with fabulous landscapes just waiting for someone to ask: may I see your lovely garden? That request, golden … Continue reading