• Jerry Baker’s Quackery Lives On by Susan Harris

    Jerry Baker, the self-styled “America’s Master Gardener” and highly successful huckster for home-remedy books and products died in March of this year at the age of 85. I was curious to see how the gardening world would note his […]

  • Famously secret spaces by Elizabeth Licata

    What do Jeremy Irons and Ozzy Osbourne have in common? We know they’re Brits, so the answer shouldn’t be that hard: both own and maintain beautiful countryside gardens in England. So do Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rupert Everett, and Sting. And […]

  • Start Harvesting History by Planting Garlic

    Posted by WesternGardener Fall is an unusual time for a new gardening catalog to appear in the mail, but timing is everything. The first catalog from the folks at Harvesting History includes more than two dozen varieties of garlic for fall planting. […]

  • Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along […]

  • Is it Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit?

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Rarebit or Rabbit--it's basically a cheese sauce over toast. I made this for the Great Hops Cookoff (had just 10 minutes) at the IHA conference and of course, I added herbs and a good hoppy IPA for maximum flavor, along […]

  • International Herb Association Conference in Michigan featuring Hops, Herb of the Year 2018

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Last week the IHA held their conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan at the Kellogg Biological Station, which is a great place to hold a conference and be in nature at the same time. There's walking trails along Gull Lake, […]

  • Gardening Podcast Update by Susan Harris

    I’m thrilled to report that since 2010, when I complained about there being only two gardening podcasts on my little iPod, there are now many more and their quality is amazing! Here’s what I’m listening to now. Cultivating […]

  • In Praise of a Plant That Needs Your Love by Allen Bush

      Diarrhena americana. The Latin name doesn’t inspire lustful desire does it? What a pity. It’s better than its name. I remember the moment I first came across this native grass. I had no idea what its name was when I was […]

  • From green to brown in the Caribbean by Elizabeth Licata

    If you want to get a dramatic sense of hurricane Irma’s worst devastation, visit this site, which offers before/after satellite images of the Caribbean islands that were in her path. It’s not just the debris, flattened infrastructure, […]

  • 3 Easy Ways to Preserve the Herbs

    Posted by WesternGardener Cooler nighttime temperatures mean the end is near to another vegetable gardening season. Instead of letting those beautiful culinary herbs go to seed, take a few minutes to snip and save them for winter. […]

  • HGTV Stars – Where are They Now? by Susan Harris

    I learned to garden lo these many years ago from two sources – good magazines and good shows on HGTV, back when it had them. (Gardeners love to complain about the missing G from the channel and this year that’s truer than ever, judging […]

  • Milllennials love houseplants? Yay! by Elizabeth Licata

    And it’s interesting, because I’m learning this just as I’ve begun to feel kind of blasé about my houseplants. I still have plenty, but I maintain them without as much interest as I used to—I get much more excited […]

  • Weird Vegetables and Funny Fruits are Garden Contest Winners

    Posted by WesternGardener A perfect tomato is a thing of beauty, but a weird tomato is much more fun! The annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest is your chance at vegetable gardening fame for those kooky carrots, oddball eggplants and […]

  • Use a High Quality Lawn Mower for Organic Lawn Care

    Big Blog Of Gardening Organic lawn care includes a quality lawn mower with sharp blades to pulverize grass clippings which feed the lawn and reduce thatch. Continue reading → Use a High... Click on link to read more... […]

  • Apple Hunting Season by Thomas Christopher

    This is the time of year when I start scouting for apple trees.  Neglected, venerable trees full of fruit that nobody wants.  Not shiny, red, and flawless, ready to be popped into a lunch box.  Nor even the big, sweet fruits bred for […]

  • Robert Frost Needed Better Neighbors by Bob Hill

    So maybe it was Robert Frost. That whole “Mending Wall’ thing: Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass […]

  • The botany behind the fantasy by Elizabeth Licata

    It’s a good (and rare) morning when my twelve-minute commute yields two news stories in a row that make me smile. That happened today. The first one has no gardening relevance, but the second has special interest for both gardeners and Tolkien […]

  • Chile Pepper Season: Here's a Trio to Try

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Being a confessed chilehead, I have grown many varieties for over 40 years. Here are a few that might be new to you, that I think are worthwhile growing. […]

  • The Pin Oak vs. Statues of Dead White Men by Allen Bush

    Since the tragic weekend in Charlottesville, I have wondered why so few people have paid so little attention to trees. Much attention has been given to the argument about whether statues of Confederate soldiers should remain, be removed or […]

  • Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Although the most popular herb to pair with tomatoes is basil, no contender, many other seasonal herbs combine well with these beloved juicy fruits. Besides other herb ideas, here is a tasty recipe for tomatoes with […]

  • Tomatoes with Seasonal Herbs

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Although the most popular herb to pair with tomatoes is basil, no contender, many other seasonal herbs combine well with these beloved juicy fruits. Besides other herb ideas, here is a tasty recipe for tomatoes with […]

  • Zucchini and Summer Squash Recipe Ideas

    Posted by WesternGardener Vegetable gardeners love to make fun of their abundant zucchini harvests, but they plant and grow them anyway. These delicious summer squashes have a delicate flavor that’s perfect for garden-fresh breakfasts, […]

  • Monty Don’s 80 Plant Cultures of the World by Susan Harris

    Monty Don has been getting an unusual amount of attention lately in the U.S., thanks to his provocative article “There’s no point trying to convince millennials to garden. Nobody wants to hear that but I suspect he’s right. So who […]

  • Hands off the hydrangeas by Elizabeth Licata

    Thanks to plentiful rain and other friendly conditions, this is the summer of the Hydrangea in the Northeast, at least as far as I’ve observed. Huge stands of paniculata, macrophylla, and arborescens varieties are blooming profusely. My […]

  • 5 Easy Ideas for Preserving Peppers

    Posted by WesternGardener Get them while they're hot! It's time for vegetable gardeners to get busy picking and preserving their peppers. Here are some simple ways for saving the harvest to enjoy this winter. […]

  • GWA/Buffalo Take-Aways by Susan Harris

    Buffalo! Time for a debrief after attending the Garden Writers annual shindig held in Buffalo this year – to the delight of anyone who’s been there in the last decade or so and the apprehension of anyone who hasn’t. Yeah, Buffalo […]

  • Rant from the road: resort horticulture by Elizabeth Licata

    Vacations are always busmens’ holidays for gardeners. Whether it’s a tropical paradise, a stateside resort, or a European capital, gardeners can’t help but notice what’s planted, where it’s planted, and how well […]

  • Summer Vegetable Garden Surprises

    Posted by WesternGardener Vegetable gardeners can plan and plant, but often their gardens produce an unexpected bounty. […]

  • More Tomatoes!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating […]

  • More Tomatoes!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs The tomatoes are peaking here in my Maryland zone 7 garden. A bit of cooler temps slowed them down a bit... however we are picking and eating them everyday--and sharing them. I know there are infinite ways of eating […]

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