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Stock doesn’t pay off, and other plants that didn’t work

August 29, 2012 Last week, I talked about pleasant surprises in the garden — flowers popping up where they weren’t planted and plants that I thought were dead making a reappearanc. more »»

Plenty of surprises pop up in summer gardening plots

August 22, 2012 Any given year, there are things that work in the garden, and things that don’t. more »»

Time to start new garden beds

August 20, 2012 Over the years I have become the lazy gardene. more »»

Gardener learns that good fences make good gardens

August 15, 2012 If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my cottage garden this year, it’s the importance of fencing. For a lot of people, fencing helps keep out pests that like to nibble on garden goodies. more »»

Greenhouse leads to challenge

August 13, 2012 Tomatoes are the big deal in the garden this week. It’s no different at my house, but watermelon seems to be closing in. more »»

First tomato of summer gives gardener a taste of victory

August 9, 2012 Is there anything that screams “summer” more than picking and eating a red, ripe homegrown tomato? It’s something I finally got to experience Monday after last week’s column complaining about how... more »»

Playing the waiting game in the vegetable garden

August 1, 2012 I think that waiting is the hardest part of gardening. more »»

Place plants in the best spot

July 23, 2012 I’m always looking for ways to make gardening easier. more »»

A midsummer gardener’s thoughts and musings

July 18, 2012 I worried that by going on vacation during the last week of June, I’d miss out on the best days of my garde. more »»

Celebrating year of the herb with herb of the year

July 9, 2012 The National Garden Bureau named 2012 as the year of the herb, but sort of left us hanging as far as which herb we should be getting excited about. more »»

It’s almost time to plant peas

July 2, 2012 What? Didn’t you already plant peas in the spring? If you did, chances are you probably already harvested them as well, since they are a cool weather crop, grow quickly and hate the heat. more »»

Cabbage a vegetable fit for kings

June 25, 2012 Whenever I think of cabbage, I remember a photo of my two children at ages 8 and 9 holding up two huge cabbages harvested from our garde. more »»

Roses are red, violets are in literature and the cottage garden

June 20, 2012 This week, I’m all about violets. When I was growing up, I marked the beginning of every spring with the appearance of wild violets that peppered the lawn around my parents’ house. more »»

Witch hazel still fascinating

June 18, 2012 When I was a young girl, I used witch hazel on my face as an astringent. more »»

Water, water everywhere ... but not in my containers

June 13, 2012 One of the essential elements necessary for a healthy garden is water. An obvious statement, but one that container gardeners always need to keep in mind. more »»

Weed wars can be won, lost

June 11, 2012 The older I get, the harder the battles seem to be. I can handle the hairy galinsoga that infiltrates my vegetable garden every summe. more »»

After a rainy weekend, flowers appear in the garden

June 6, 2012 As I sat down to write my garden column last week, I had a panicked thought — what if I don’t have enough going on in my garden to write about for a whole summer? Of course, that was an absolutely... more »»

Gardening is a waiting game, but offers rewards

May 30, 2012 I’m a fan of things that are instant. I like my Netflix streaming, where many of my favorite TV shows and movies are ready for me to watch at the press of a butto. more »»

Planning doesn’t end on holiday

May 28, 2012 There are basically two times during the season when I feel totally overwhelmed with my garden. The last week of May is the first time. more »»

Peas are beginning to peek, transplants blooming

May 23, 2012 If you set a fruit tray and a veggie tray in front of a group of children, the kids will usually go for the fruit. But not me. more »»



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