Pruning 101: What to Prune When + Fiskars Tool Giveaway

  Ever get confused as to what to prune when? Or simply wonder where to begin? The good news is, there’s no rush to prune. In fact, some plants are better left to grow as they will and need only...

Trash Can Tomatoes: How to Plant & Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are at the heart of most summer gardens and a successful harvest will keep you coming back for more. Planning, planting and dreaming. The simple thought of homegrown tomatoes, their scent on a hot day and meals made outstanding...

How to Harvest Basil

  Get more from your basil through harvesting. It’s simple — the more you pick the more it grows. Here’s Why: Basil, like most plants, benefits from pruning. Proper pruning encourages growth and makes for a healthier, fuller plant —...

Garden Visit: The High Line, NYC

  A couple short weeks ago I paid a visit to New York City, which also meant an afternoon of wandering the High Line. If you’re wondering what people in NYC do on a warm spring day, this is it....

Container Garden Carrots from Seed to Plate

  Behind every carrot is a carrot lover. If that’s not you, well maybe you haven’t had the luck to eat one that’s homegrown?  Warming weather reminds us it’s time to plant carrots. They’re one of the more challenging veggies to...

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How to Grow More Vegetables with Less Space

  The secret to growing more in less space starts with love. What do you love to eat? What can you...

by - March 21, 2016

Kitchen Garden: Planting in Galvanized Containers

  Growing a vegetable garden in recycled containers is all the rage, but are there risks? I was reminded of this...

by - March 13, 2016

Tips for Selecting Soil at Your Garden Center

  Selecting compost or planting mix can feel like gambling. You know soil is the heart of your garden, that what...

by - November 17, 2015

Seed Saving Made Simple

  Ready to start your own personal seed bank? Or simply looking for ways to pay yourself forward, save money and...

by - October 26, 2015

What to Grow

It’s hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They’re lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing...

by - October 11, 2012

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather...

by - September 14, 2012

Keep it Simple

Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated...

by - July 26, 2011

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and...

by - March 1, 2011

Healthy Living: 3 Chai Tea Recipes for Any Season

  A hot drink of something is always good no matter the season. Tea is no exception, particularly tea laden with...

by - March 7, 2016

Fall Forage: Cooking with Pomegranates

    When isn’t it a good time to think about food and flowers? And this time of year, with the...

by - November 23, 2015

Make the Best Ever Blueberry Pie

  What I look forward to most in summer isn’t just days at the beach and bare feet. It’s more than...

by - August 4, 2015

Spring Greens with Jicama, Cilantro & Lime

  Do your taste buds rule the roost? I started thinking about cilantro and cumin and sunflower seeds and had to...

by - May 18, 2015

Garden Visit: The High Line, NYC

  A couple short weeks ago I paid a visit to New York City, which also meant an afternoon of wandering...

by - May 5, 2016

A Local Nursery: Shelburne Vermont

  Just last week, I was driving down a country lane in Shelburne, Vermont when I found this little nursery —...

by - December 24, 2015

Pacific Northwest Flower Revivial

  It was a grey, rainy weekend in October when I stumbled upon this West Seattle farmer’s market. It was honestly mind...

by - November 10, 2015

Farm Stand at the Old Brick Store

  If you find yourself in Vermont, not far outside Burlington, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon this little...

by - August 30, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

  You’ve probably heard it before: “If you’re going to grow one thing, grow herbs.” You’ll be rewarded with unparalleled freshness...

by - February 24, 2016

Grow What You Love: Free Printable Seed Packets

  Are your pockets full of seeds? Have random envelopes and jars stuffed with the beginnings of next season’s garden? Me...

by - September 14, 2015

Small Space Gardening Tips in Chicagoland

  What happens when you endure an unusually long, cold winter and finally the weather starts to turn the corner toward...

by - April 27, 2015

How to Grow Sprouts with DIY Sprouting Jars

  Antsy for spring? Move over winter blues, time for some green love without the wait. Growing your own sprouts is...

by - February 1, 2015