How to Care For Amaryllis So It Blooms Again

  The trick to caring for amaryllis from one season to the next is to mimic its natural habits in nature. It’s a warm season perennial bulb that doesn’t require a period of cold to bloom. Growing up in coastal...

5 Garden Design Ideas Gleaned From the Good Shepherd P-Patch

  It was around this time last year that I hopped on a plane to Seattle and had the fortune to visit the Good Shepherd P-Patch. More than one person insisted I couldn’t miss it which, once there, I immediately...

Grow What You Love with BigTruck

  When I went searching for an apparel company to match my own work and message, I immediately looked to bigtruck. They’re a self-described “fun first” brand with a passion for the outdoors. Community, a rebellious spirit and a deep...

Greens for Small Spaces

  Red and green leaf lettuce will always have a place at the table. So too will traditional romaine, but have you tried oak leaf lettuce, ‘Roxy’ or ‘Freckles’?  Or maybe arugula or Mizuna greens? There is an endless number...

Make Your Own Bee Friendly Garden in 5 Easy Steps

  It was not a surprise but definitely a disappointment to read that bees have been added to the endangered species list for the 1st time. This recent designation is for 7 species of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii, their...

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by - November 1, 2016

  When I went searching for an apparel company to match my own work and message, I immediately looked to bigtruck. They’re a self-described “fun first” brand with a passion for the outdoors. Community, a rebellious spirit and a deep...

October Garden Checklist

  October consists of 31 days and is book ended on the calendar same as all the other months, so why...

by - October 6, 2016

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

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

Crunchy, Quick Pickled Spicy Green Beans

  Green beans straight off the vine are hands-down the best way to eat them. Only after you’ve had your fill...

by - August 19, 2016

Pickled Beets 3 Ways

  Tom Robbins wrote in his book, Jitterbug Perfume, “Breathe properly. Stay Curious. And eat your beets.” If this is a...

by - August 11, 2016

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

5 Garden Design Ideas Gleaned From the Good Shepherd P-Patch

  It was around this time last year that I hopped on a plane to Seattle and had the fortune to...

by - November 20, 2016

Grow What You Love: Lake Erie Summer Garden

  There’s an endearing little community on the shores of Lake Erie, hidden by miles of farm fields and far from...

by - August 17, 2016

Grow What You Love: 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

DIY Wine Box Herb Garden

  Ask any foodie the secret to making everyday meals come to life and 9 times out of 10 it will...

by - June 13, 2016

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