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There’s nothing more natural than compost for your garden

May 30, 2011 Several years ago my neighbor and I passed around a sourdough starter we named ‘‘Herma. more »»

Let your soil do the talking

May 23, 2011 I still canát get into my garden. The water puddles are gone and the weeds are starting to grow. more »»

Spring can be sweet and pungent

May 16, 2011 A question in the original version of Trivial Pursuit, Genus Edition, asked: ‘‘Which of the five senses is most closely related to memory?’’ I know the answer is the sense of smell. more »»

Enjoying the first of the harvest

May 9, 2011 This time last year I had already picked asparagus for a couple weeks. more »»

Neglect houseplants on purpose

May 2, 2011 I realize that this is probably the first winter I haven’t written about houseplants. more »»

Seed saving is fun and exciting

April 25, 2011 A couple weeks ago I sowed tomato seeds in flats. Less than a week later, they burst through the seed starting mix and started reaching for the fluorescent light over their heads. It was great. more »»

It’s fun when plants tell a story

April 18, 2011 Nestled among the conifers in our front garden is a small tree that doesn’t seem to belon. more »»

There are no excuses in gardening

April 11, 2011 The National Garden Bureau calls it High Density Gardening, but the basic concept is squeezing as many plants as possible into whatever small space is available. more »»

Never too early for Viburnum

April 4, 2011 If you are a regular reader of this column, you probably remember my hissy fit last year when the Viburnum Leaf Beetle showed up, practically on my doorstep. more »»

Cool spring great for Hellebores

March 28, 2011 By any gardener’s standards, this has been a rough winter. So far, it’s not been that pleasant of a spring eithe. more »»

Spring chores heating up too

March 21, 2011 This time of year is what I like to call ac/heat season. more »»

When good conifers go bad

March 14, 2011 This marks the 500th column I have written about gardening, which means I have been doing this for nearly 10 years. There is still so much to talk about. more »»

SWCD holds annual shrub sale

March 10, 2011 As we begin to feel the warmth of spring we can begin to appreciated nature more and its growing season. more »»

What’s in a name? Everything

March 7, 2011 People sometimes ask me if I really know all of those botanical names I put in this column when I talk about certain plants. The answer is n. more »»

Calendula is overlooked flower

February 28, 2011 There is no middle ground with Marigolds. more »»

Backyard gardening has changed

February 21, 2011 As a newlywed more than 38 years ago with my own house and bit of land, I knew I wanted a garden. I had a pretty good idea of how things worked. My family always relied on homegrown vegetable. more »»

Grow sweet peas for a fragrance

January 31, 2011 I know this winter I’ve talked a lot about planning the vegetable garden and not much about what I’m doing with flowers, but be assured they aren’t being neglected. more »»

Herb of the year adds some spice

January 24, 2011 My apologies to the International Herb Association for not writing sooner about the 2011 Herb of the Year. more »»

Start onions early for success

January 3, 2011 Onions are usually the first thing gardeners plant in early spring, and garden centers have ample supplies of what are commonly called ‘‘sets,’’ or small, young onions that will later grow into larg... more »»

Making friends (or dinner) with weeds

December 27, 2010 I’m making all these mental notes of things I should remember in May. more »»



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