Taking Notes in Wild Places

  In a little traveled fringe of California, in the northern most corner where sitka spruce are nearly equal to redwoods, a tsunami warning sign reminds us we’re almost there. We can’t see it yet, but the Pacific is around the...

Plant Pick | What You Didn’t Know About Candytuft

  If you’re looking for a fabulous, drought tolerant ground cover with masses of spring flowers this is the plant for you. Candytuft, Iberis sempervirens, is as sweet as it’s name implies. A dutiful show-stopper, with flowers so prolific they brighten...

What to Grow in 2015 | 5 Plants to Add to Your Must-Have List

  Wondering what to grow? The year is new and it’s seed catalog season. Time to sharpen your pencil and dream big. The seeds you plant speak to cultivated living and a life of growing the things you love. It’s...

Mulled Wine | Winter Comfort at it’s Best

  This is not a recipe straight from the garden but it does define the season. Warm, rich flavors with a hint of sweet and perfectly paired with a late afternoon tuck-in or any other moment you can make an...

Tricks for Thinning Carrots | The Things We Do For Love

  My hopeless love of homegrown carrots sometimes feels like opening Pandora’s Box — they can be challenging to sow, taunt foes like carrot flies and embolden people like me to transplant the thinnings. The whole process can be incredibly...

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What’s Trending | More Than a Farmer’s Market

by - November 13, 2014

I’d like to think every town across the county has a farmer’s market to shake things up at least once a week — seasons permitting of course. Knowing your local farmers, shopping locally, having access to just-picked produce and homemade wares...

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

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bag

  I love the idea of growing more in less space, especially if I spend little to no money and glean greater...

by - September 6, 2014

10 Tips for Starting a Garden

  Thinking of starting a garden? Now’s your chance. It’s that time of year when your resolve may be heightened and...

by - January 4, 2014

Six Seeds to Love and Plant

My early spring to-plant list always includes pumpkins. A garden without pumpkins must be like committing spring planting heresy. It’s just not...

by - March 27, 2013

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

Mulled Wine | Winter Comfort at it’s 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

Easy Tomato Salad

  It’s no secret that I’m a craver. I get wild hankerings for particular foods, typically fruits and veggies. Often cruciferous...

by - June 26, 2014

Lemon Verbena — An Herb with a Twist

  Lemon Verbena is one of those herbs. One for the must-grow and learn to cook list. It’s fragrance is amazing,...

by - May 17, 2014

Rapini Soup With Country Bread

Do you have a list of vegetables you wished you liked but don’t? You know, the ones that are really good...

by - April 9, 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 | 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 a...

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

5 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

  School’s out. At least for a few more weeks. I say make the most of it. Time for summer fun...

by - July 22, 2014

DIY Mushroom Farm

  Mushrooms are the rule benders of garden-to-table eating and a perfect compliment to indoor gardening. Call it apartment therapy, not...

by - June 8, 2014