(Almost Too) Late Season Lawn Care

This past September I opened my garden for a quick tour, and as the group departed I heard one of the guests comment “I wish I had a garden like Michael’s, where nothing seems to go wrong.” While I was … Continue reading


For those of you basking in the warm climes of the South and Southwest, the words “winter blooming” probably don’t have special significance. After all, a good portion of your plant palette flowers between September and March. So what’s special … Continue reading

Building Tabletop Christmas Trees from Boxwood

You may remember back in July I was proclaiming my love for boxwood. Well, here’s another  reason why you should be sure to have one or two of these wonderful shrubs around your yard. Boxwood is the perfect material to … Continue reading

Holly Happiness

I’ll never forget the first time I saw a real holly bush. I was 14 years old, and my grandfather had taken me down from the wilds of cold Wisconsin to the considerably milder, and then to me, completely mystical … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Endive Tart

Oh boy, here’s a fabulous recipe. Amusingly, it comes from a French cookbook called “Recettes Fraicheur” that my friend Christina brought back from France this summer. (The title translates, loosely, “Light & Fresh Recipes”.) We both dusted off our French … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Freezing Peppers, Plus a Fantastic Recipe

Last week we had a hard frost, and before those hoary fingers had a chance to damage the last of the harvest, I brought in everything I could. As you can see, this season – so lacking in most things … Continue reading

Unexpected Pleasures

If you’ve grown gourds for a number of years, as I have, you quickly discover they are hardy souls. That prima donna ‘Marina di Chiogga’ squash you’ve coddled along all season may not produce a single fruit, or that cantankerous … 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

The Greens of Autumn

Perhaps it’s the contrarian in me: all summer and early fall, when the vegetable garden is at its height and greens are easy to grow, leafy salads hold little appeal. With such an abundance of other, more interesting vegetables, why … Continue reading