• Saving Seeds for Biodiversity by Thomas Christopher

    It’s called the ‘Mostoller Wild Goose’ bean.  Sarah Mostoller found the first seeds in the crop of a wild goose that her son had shot in a mill race in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in 1865.  Sarah planted the rescued […]

  • Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or […]

  • Snow: Poor Man’s Fertilizer

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Is this familiar adage an old wive’s tale? In fact, snow does contain nitrogen and other particulates like sulfur, which it collects as it falls through the atmosphere, however so do rain and sleet, and believe it or […]

  • Ollas: Unglazed Clay Pots Water Your Garden Easily

    Big Blog Of Gardening An olla is a terra cotta clay pot that is buried neck deep in a garden, raised bed or container. The unglazed clay pot is filled with water and plants are planted around it.... Click on link to read more... […]

  • Obama with Flowers by Susan Harris

    I’d seen the new Obama portraits all over the media, so yesterday I subwayed down to the National Portrait Gallery to see them in person. The president’s portrait, on the second floor in the president’s gallery, I found so real, so […]

  • A minor rant and a big rave by Elizabeth Licata

    Flowers have left the building, as far as the Olympics are concerned. In Rio (2016), medalists were given little sculptures made of resin, polyresin, and PVC, because flowers were “not sustainable.” And this year, in Pyeongchang, the […]

  • The Power of the Sun: Truth or Consequences by Allen Bush

    I retired from Jelitto Perennial Seeds last month, and it’s been cold and gray in Kentucky ever since. I’m itching for spring. I have to be picky about my newfound spare time. I’m poring over seed and plant catalogs—a fun […]

  • Chocolate Tomatoes are a Sweet Garden Surprise

    Posted by WesternGardener Do you want to give chocolates and flowers to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Instead of a box of chocolates and a dozen roses, try these chocolate tomatoes for a different kind of treat. […]

  • What Happens when a Rain Garden isn’t Weeded by Susan Harris

    I love this rain garden in my neighborhood, on land owned by my co-op, even as it’s changed over the years. There once were many more types of plants here, though without a plant list I can’t name them. Here’s the only sign at the […]

  • Seeds

    Posted by cookinwithherbs If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it […]

  • Seeds

    Posted by cookinwithherbs If you haven’t ordered your garden seeds for 2018, now is the time. As I sit by the woodstove looking out on another grey, cold day, the precipitation is coming down heavily. It started out as freezing rain, now it […]

  • Hanauma Bay to Petropolis by Allen Bush

    Sorry to be late with winter coping tips, but I’ve got two ideas that might be worth mentioning. If you’re at your wit’s end of winter, try to find a sunny and warm place to snorkel (preferably in the tropics), or go to a local […]

  • Grow Red for a Healthy Heart

    Posted by WesternGardener Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-wise celebration in February. The American Heart Association dedicates the entire month to reminding people to take care of their hearts. Exercise and eating a plant-based […]

  • Planting natives along the gorge by Elizabeth Licata

    Niagara Falls is cool, but it’s a cheap thrill compared with the equally spectacular six-mile gorge that its river has created. You can spend a whole day walking along the gorge, which is up to 200 feet deep; you’ll see tumbling rapids […]

  • Review: Visionary Landscapes-Japanese Garden Design in North America

    Big Blog Of Gardening Visionary Landscapes, by Kendall H. Brown, features 5 masters of Japanese gardening: Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe and Marc Peter Keane. Each designer... Click on link to read more... […]

  • Pining for Conifers in Winter by Susan Harris

    My townhouse garden doesn’t yield much in the way of evergreen trimmings for the holidays. So to cover these pots that hold coleus all season I snatched some juniper clippings from a nearby garden I adopted. The juniper parts still look […]

  • There may be an app for that, but I’m not sure I care by Elizabeth Licata

    Mid-winter is generally a time for trend predicting, seed talk, and other speculative matter in the gardening press. Much of the country is still huddled around the fire, so there’s not much call for cultivation or maintenance advice. Pity the […]

  • Lunar Happenings

    Posted by cookinwithherbs What the heck is a Super Blue Blood Moon? The moon was officially full this morning at 8:27 am EST. This is a particularly eventful full moon in that it is the second one this month, so called a blue moon, since we already […]

  • The SAD Pursuit of Inner Happiness by Bob Hill

    Current politics notwithstanding, I again deal in late winter with a mild case of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – that sluggish, depressed feeling that winter has already lasted 15 months, why should anyone have to get out of bed […]

  • From Mt. Cuba – Best Natives you can Actually Buy by Susan Harris

    Typically, growers in the hort industry fund plant trials (like the ones at Penn State I visited last year) to find out from actual research which plants they should put into production and then market like crazy. But homeowners need trials of […]

  • Winter Musings

    Posted by cookinwithherbs We have had very cold weather this month and now we have warmed up just a bit--enough to tease us--and make us think spring is in the air. Not. However we can dream of spring and our gardens to be, especially with the seed […]

  • Taropy by Allen Bush

    Two weeks ago I stood in the checkout line at Louisville’s Whole Foods. Sleet, freezing rain and snow were predicted for the next day. (I knew ahead of time that I would have to pay a price for spending ten warm and sun-drenched days in […]

  • Hygge and houseplants by Elizabeth Licata

    On a whim, I googled the two words, and, as expected, houseplants are included in the lifestyle instructions issued by the hygge movement. I wouldn’t be insulting readers by assuming they don’t know what this Danish word means because […]

  • Plant a Gumbo Garden for Mardi Gras

    Posted by WesternGardener If you want to add some New Orleans flavor to your vegetable garden this season, plant the herbs and vegetables to make a traditional gumbo. Here’s how to get started. […]

  • Possible Trump Bump for HGTV by Susan Harris

    A Twitter-following friend alerted me to the hashtag “WatchHGTVinstead” started by a David Hoffman. The purpose is to deny Trump high ratings for his State of the Union performance in the most effective way possible – by […]

  • Year of the Bird by Elizabeth Licata

    Hell, yeah. As a rule, I’m not really a fan of designated days, weeks, and months. According to incoming press releases, every month seems to be devoted to some kind of disease, which is kind of depressing (though if it brings in money, fine). […]

  • Container Gardening Complete for Small Vegetable Gardens

    Posted by WesternGardener Small-space vegetable gardeners will surely want to try the many creative projects in Jessica Walliser’s new book. If you’d like to learn how to plant a bean trellis bin, a bike-rim sweet potato trellis or a […]

  • Climate Change Gardening by Thomas Christopher

    One of the virtues of gardening is that it brings its practitioners into intimate contact with natural systems.  As I discovered as a young gardener many years ago, and a practitioner of the “better living through chemistry” school […]

  • Best Gardening Event of Winter? MANTS! by Susan Harris

    Yesterday I made my yearly pilgrimage to Baltimore to attend MANTS.  the largest nursery trade show in the East – by far. This year there were 900+ vendors in 1,200 booths, and over 10,000 pre-registered attendees. It was a blast for me […]

  • The Little Greenhouse That Could by Allen Bush

    My first greenhouse was neither big nor fancy. Built in 1980, the 14’ X 32’ hoop house—small by commercial greenhouse standards—became my plant propagation house for the next 15 years. I spent a lot of time in the little […]

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