Emily Murphy — Celebrating Gardens and Garden Makers

Petal Pushers is a forum celebrating influential garden makers and green space advocates. A one-stop-shop to learn more about those who make our neighborhoods and communities vibrant and verdant. My hope is that the personal interviews and striking photography found here...

Brijette Romstedt & The San Diego Seed Company

  It was just 4 years ago when Brijette Romstedt realized she was part of something big, what she describes as “an innocent moment that grew”. She began sharing seeds she’d been gathering and saving from her home garden. In...

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 mint tin? If you’re like me, you thrive being out in the garden — surrounded in green, getting your...

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 jam. Pie is amazing too, but jam is special — sweet goodness and foraging stories wrapped up in a...

Fall Garden Checklist

If you count the hours spent readying your garden in spring, picking, eating and weeding in summer and now find yourself on to fall, you may wonder how it could get any better? It always seems that in spring I’m...

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Emily Murphy — Celebrating Gardens and Garden Makers

by - October 20, 2014

Petal Pushers is a forum celebrating influential garden makers and green space advocates. A one-stop-shop to learn more about those who make our neighborhoods and communities vibrant and verdant. My hope is that the personal interviews and striking photography found here...

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

Five Reasons to Weed or Not to Weed

The thought of weeding conjures up all sorts of reactions from people. There are weeding haters, weeding lovers and an entire...

by - March 15, 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

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

Kale and White Bean Pasta

To put it mildly, I’m bonkers about this dish. Obsessed may be a more appropriate description. It’s my trusty, well-loved, go-to...

by - January 26, 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