• The Best Seed Company in the World by Allen Bush

    It is time to say good-bye to the wonderful and versatile Jelitto Perennial Seeds—at least in one sense. I’ll be clocking out, for the last time, at the end of the year. I am grateful to my friend Klaus Jelitto for giving me a job 22 […]

  • Pickled Garlic is a Perfect Present

    Posted by WesternGardener Instead of going with ordinary gifts for the holidays, make something special. Even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, you can whip up this delicacy with just four ingredients. […]

  • Roadside Attractions: Season's Greenings at the United States Botanic Garden

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Went for my annual visit to view the U.S. Botanic Garden's Holiday Show and I wasn't disappointed! This year's theme is Roadside Attractions and it is a fun exhibit. Besides that, it is always lovely to enter the […]

  • Plant-Adjacent Gifts to Myself by Susan Harris

    My family stopped long-distance gift-giving long ago, so holiday shopping for me could’t be easier – what does Susan want? So last week I bought myself a spanking new bike! Not gardening related, but it does let me tour […]

  • Early December Garden to Kitchen

    Posted by cookinwithherbs We have had a mild autumn/winter season thus far in my zone 7 Maryland garden. Still able to do chores in the garden and bring in bounty to create warming seasonal dishes. Time for harvesting whatever is still available, […]

  • Early December Garden to Kitchen

    Posted by cookinwithherbs We have had a mild autumn/winter season thus far in my zone 7 Maryland garden. Still able to do chores in the garden and bring in bounty to create warming seasonal dishes. Time for harvesting whatever is still available, […]

  • New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems

    Posted by WesternGardener The Organic Potato Plant Detective, by Wood Prairie Family Farm, is a winner of the coveted 2018 Green Thumb Award by the Direct Gardening Association. The kit includes two different potato varieties that help growers and […]

  • New Idea for Detecting Potato Growing Problems

    Posted by WesternGardener The Organic Potato Plant Detective, by Wood Prairie Family Farm, is a winner of the coveted 2018 Green Thumb Award by the Direct Gardening Association. The kit includes two different potato varieties that help growers and […]

  • If nature bats last, which inning is it? by Elizabeth Licata

    The assault on wild places continues. As I wrote about here, two national monuments, both in Utah, are much closer to being (drastically) reduced in size: Bears’ Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by half. What’s next? I would […]

  • Insights from Germany by Thomas Christopher

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a lecture sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden, and it was eye-opening. The speaker was Cassian Schmidt, who since 1998 has been director of Hermannshof, a combination botanical and trial […]

  • How one Garden Club is Changing with the Times by Garden Rant

    Who’s old enough to have belonged to a garden club back when they were known as cliques for privileged white women? (The Savannah Garden Club made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil comes to mind – the boozy lunches, the […]

  • Why isn’t gardening included in exercise tech? by Elizabeth Licata

    My husband and I were early adopters of Apple watches when they were first introduced in 2015. I now have a series 3, which can act independently of the iPhone, (solving what had always been a drawback). One of the basic ways I use the watch is as […]

  • Perennial Royalty: It’s Inbred by Allen Bush

    There are few families in American horticulture with four generations of successful nursery crops. There are even fewer nursery legends with a story so well remembered as that of Jack Schultz, the 88-year-old Schultz family patriarch and founder of […]

  • How to Decorate Your House Like the White House

    Posted by WesternGardener Everyone knows the holiday decorations at the White House are spectacular. That’s because it takes a year of planning, an army of volunteers, thousands of ornaments, and miles and miles of lights. But you don’t […]

  • Amo, Amas, Amat in the Garden by Bob Hill

    The further I get into this horticulture life the more I realize how little I know, especially of its outer edges; all that Latin derivation and categorization stuff. That used to bother me. People forever mistake me for an expert. I’m about […]

  • Sage--It's not just for turkey!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, folks get out their spice jars of neglected, little used sage--albeit some buy it fresh for the holiday, and then there of those of us gardeners who grow sage--and we go out to […]

  • Sage--It's not just for turkey!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, folks get out their spice jars of neglected, little used sage--albeit some buy it fresh for the holiday, and then there of those of us gardeners who grow sage--and we go out to […]

  • Bulb-Planting Rules I Break by Susan Harris

    Who doesn’t love spring-blooming bulbs? I love all of them (well, except for hyacinths) and used to plant a large assortment every fall. Above are shots from my former garden, where I planted tulips, yanked them out after the blooms faded and […]

  • Goodbye, and thanks for your service by Elizabeth Licata

    Trees are suffering. First, there are the pests; among the most current are the emerald ash borer, the mountain pine beetle, and the wooly aldegid. Then there are the ravages of fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters; it was awful to see the […]

  • 7 Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Food Waste

    Posted by WesternGardener We’re about the enter that time of year when “but it’s the holidays” is the go-to excuse for overindulging in those once-a-year favorite foods. When it comes to food waste, turn that excuse into 7 […]

  • Smoked Chiles en Adobo

    Posted by cookinwithherbs It is easy, though a bit time-consuming to smoke your own chiles and make this adobo sauce--however the end product is well worth it--wicked good stuff! […]

  • Smoking Chile Peppers

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Chipotle peppers are smoke-dried jalapeno peppers. The latter are thick-walled and do not dry well, so they have been smoked-dried for centuries. Recently, I decided to try smoking an assortment of chile peppers in a […]

  • Video: Best-Performing Native Plants in my Garden by Susan Harris

    These days we’re all paying more attention to beneficial wildlife in our gardens, and to that end, looking for good native plants to grow. But which ones? Those official lists of state or regional natives don’t really help the aspiring […]

  • How to Decorate with Vegetables for Thanksgiving

    Posted by WesternGardener We all know vegetables are an important part of the Thanksgiving feast, but they make gorgeous table decorations, too. Here are some special ways to use fruits and vegetables with plants and flowers to celebrate the […]

  • Can these Junipers be Saved? by Susan Harris

    My latest gardening obsession is making over the landscape in front of my housing co-op offices, where the top priority is to do something about the overgrown junipers. Planted too close to the sidewalk and doors, they’d been sheared back, […]

  • A Glimpse of a Lunatic’s Garden by Allen Bush

    I don’t know anyone on this planet, or galaxy, with more runaway enthusiasm for gardening than Jamie Dockery. And that’s not all. Besides his rabid determination to grow anything with chlorophyll, Jamie also raises little cows, little […]

  • Botanical Notecards: Make your own holiday cards and gifts

    Posted by cookinwithherbs It's not too late to press flowers and leaves of annuals and perennials to make your own botanical cards for holiday greetings or gift giving. […]

  • 6 Ways to Reuse Halloween Pumpkins

    Posted by WesternGardener Instead of throwing that Halloween pumpkin away, put it to good use. There are plenty of ways for recycling that winter squash instead of letting it go to waste. […]

  • Are Images of Gardeners in the Media Finally Improving? by Susan Harris

    My recent rant about stereotypes of gardeners in a new play got me thinking about the images of gardeners used in advertising and elsewhere. The garden-club-competing gardeners in the play typify the demographic so often used to portray us – […]

  • End of Gardening Season: Celebrate the Harvest!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs We have had our frost warning in my zone 7 Maryland area and I went out the day of the prediction and gathered all of the green tomatoes still on the vine and harvested a large number of chile peppers still hanging on the […]

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