6 Things to Remember When Planting Seeds

  Have that feeling like you could mess up a good thing when you have it? Like seeds. Some thrive while others die. So, how do you increase their chance of thriving? Here are 6 things to remember when planting...

Spring Greens with Jicama, Cilantro & Lime

  One Sunday, this past winter, I started thinking about cilantro and cumin and sunflower seeds and was compelled to put them together. The greens were especially good for February and I was dreaming of flavors to wake things up...

12 Edible Plants That Give More Than They Need

  Plants that sip and don’t suck? Water is a hot topic. States are competing over water rights, drought in the west continues and growing food locally is more important than ever. Right out my door sounds nice. Steps from...

Plant Pick | Hollyhocks

  Tough as nails, charming and a pollinator powerhouse. Hollyhocks are what’s new again. If you haven’t grown them before now’s the time to plant. Sow them from seed or grow from starts, better yet, do both and you’re more...

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 spring? Right! Pull out the short sleeves, seeds and plant — of course. I was fortunate enough to find...

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The SF Flower & Garden Show | 6 Uses for Gabions in the Garden

by - March 23, 2015

  I turned the corner into the show gardens at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this past weekend to be ultimately impressed with the use of gabions. What can be cooler than gabions? Simple, welded wire baskets made...

12 Edible Plants That Give More Than They Need

  Plants that sip and don’t suck? Water is a hot topic. States are competing over water rights, drought in the...

by - May 11, 2015

Seeds 101 | Seed Selection & Terminology

  If the word “heirloom” doesn’t make you want to get your hands on some seeds I don’t know what will....

by - April 17, 2015

Grow Your Own Micro-Greens

  If pink is the new black then micro-greens are the new kale. Packed with nutrition and gleaming with vibrant color,...

by - February 23, 2015

Tips For Preparing Your Garden For Winter

  It’s not too late to ready your garden for winter unless you’re surrounded by snow. Which if that’s the case,...

by - November 28, 2014

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

Spring Greens with Jicama, Cilantro & Lime

  One Sunday, this past winter, I started thinking about cilantro and cumin and sunflower seeds and was compelled to put...

by - May 18, 2015

Spring Onion Soup With Parmesan Crostini

  It may sound like I’m stretching things a bit but, just like fine wine, onions are a reflection of region...

by - March 30, 2015

Spinach & Curry Pizza

It’s time to put pizza back on the menu. This curry and spinach flatbread recipe will curb your guilt and wake...

by - March 2, 2015

Mulled Wine | Winter Comfort at its Best

  This is not a recipe straight from the garden but it does define the season. Warm, rich flavors with a...

by - December 22, 2014

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

3 Trails You Won’t Want to Miss

The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais watershed are an unbelievable treasure of wildness, trails and eye-popping vistas. It’s crazy to think...

by - February 1, 2014

Green Gulch Flower Gardens

It’s easy to get busy. Between work, chores, groceries, children or simply opening mail there is often not much time left...

by - September 20, 2013

Five Reasons to go to a you-pick Blueberry Farm

  The next best thing to growing your own blueberries is a you-pick blueberry farm. Here are five reasons to give...

by - August 4, 2013

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

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

by - February 1, 2015

Small Space Gardening | How to Make a Mint Tin Garden

  It’s easy to have a garden in the smallest of spaces when it’s grown in a tin. And why not...

by - October 13, 2014

Jam Making 101 | Hard Earned Sweetness

  What could be better than picking and eating summer berries? Picking, eating and having enough left over to make homemade...

by - October 6, 2014