From the Kitchen Garden: Simply Sorrel

When I lived in Paris, one of the delights of early spring was the arrival of the first sorrel at the farmer’s market – a sure sign that the most delectable of gastronomic delights, sorrel soup, was about to appear … Continue reading

Bring In Spring!

I have a complaint to make: spring is far too fickle for my liking. After what seems like endless months of fighting with shovel and blower through head-high drifts of snow, dodging deadly icicles that inevitably seem to form exclusively … Continue reading

Last Minute Tips for Small Bulbs

OK, admit it. Like me you probably have a few packages of bulbs languishing around the garage or shed, still waiting to be planted. If they are not totally dessicated or moldy (and they are probably not – can’t get … Continue reading

Stop the Presses: A Hose-Repair Kit That Actually Works!

One of my annual fall tasks is putting away the hoses, sprinklers, and other watering paraphernalia, and this year, I decided to get a jump on spring and repair the problem hoses BEFORE they were urgently needed. (‘Bout time!) However, … 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

Victorian Bedding Schemes

Few people realize that gardening is as much driven by current fashion as are most other aspects of popular culture. Take annuals for instance. You can hardly move about the nursery these days without bumping into some newly discovered or … 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

Four Quick Lessons in Garden Design

Several years ago my sister Cindy and I traveled to England. We passed a few delightful days in London, then went down to Dorset to spend a week at a small inn that specializes in garden tours. The setting was … Continue reading

Patience

Gardening is a field in which patience generally yields high reward. Unfortunately for me, waiting has never been my strong suit; as a child of the electronic age, anything less than immediate gratification seems unendurably long. Strangely, my salvation outdoors … Continue reading

Harvest Moon

Let’s face it: the sine qua non of vegetable gardening is a site in full sun. Without it, growth is lackluster at best. At worst, you get a plot full of failing plants and weeds. (Ever notice how weeds don’t … Continue reading