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Emily Murphy

Snap Shots from Community Garden Plot 31b

  The story behind these photos begins some two years ago or more. It starts around the time when I found myself stepping away from work as a school garden educator, where one of my gardens consisted of 22 raised…

2 Comments / 63 View / September 19, 2017

What To Do With a Bumper Crop

  When it’s time to plant spring veggies, I do so with visions of summer bumper crops. At least with crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans. The thought of harvesting more green beans than my family could possibly eat…

0 Comments / 194 View / September 5, 2017

9 Learnings from the Butterfly Waystation at Portland Head Lighthouse

  Somewhere along the way this summer, in between work and travel, I found myself here, at the Portland Head Lighthouse. I was happy to go for a walk, to be out of the car, and read up on a…

0 Comments / 121 View / August 17, 2017

Edible Weeds: Purslane the New, Easy to Grow Superfood

  Is it a weed, or a superfood? Make a little room for purslane to run wild in your garden or plant it with purpose, growing it along with other tender, summer greens. Given ample sun and regular water, purslane…

0 Comments / 712 View / August 7, 2017

Small Good Things: Hazelnuts & Huckleberries

  Don’t you love those moments when you’re in search of one thing and find something all together different, but equally as wonderful? That’s what happened when I went foraging with my family for wild hazelnuts. It was two years…

2 Comments / 136 View / July 24, 2017

Pass The Pistil Giveaway: Gilmour’s Top 5 Watering Tools

  Once you’ve had a taste of the right tool for the job, it’s hard to go backwards — especially when it comes to watering. In fact, one of the questions I hear most commonly is how should I water…

25 Comments / 233 View / July 10, 2017

6 Solutions for Successful Container Gardening

  Container gardening is often easier and just as rewarding as gardening in the ground. You can focus your attention on just those plants you’ve chosen to grow. Containers tell you where to weed, what needs protection, and what needs…

0 Comments / 255 View / July 7, 2017

Planting Inspiration: Inside Garden Design Magazine + Subscription Discount

  Did you know there are varieties of banana plants hardy to zone 5 or that there’s a Hydrangea for nearly every season? Water wise plants don’t have to be “tan and tawny,” there’s as much color to be had…

0 Comments / 331 View / June 29, 2017

What’s Growing Now: Alpine Strawberries, Sweet Treat Tomatoes & Ladybugs

  It was just last winter when I found this garden. I was out for a run on a nearby trail and there it was — a set of two, fabulous raised beds, neatly surrounded with deer fencing at the base…

0 Comments / 98 View / June 14, 2017

How to Grow a Small Space Salad Garden

What could be easier than growing salad in a box? It’s one of my favorite ways to grow greens, herbs, strawberries, and any other shallow rooted kitchen garden veg — flowers included. I’ve used the same set of pine, wine…

2 Comments / 442 View / June 4, 2017