Outdoors Tips & News

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  • 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 it’s designed. We […]

  • 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 […]

  • John Oliver Discovers the One and Only Ciscoe Morris by Susan Harris

    I love this! So does the Seattle Times. […]

  • Our New Store

    We’re currently in the process of integrating all of our products of the last 18 years into a single online shop. First up is a limited edition risographic print that Davin illustrated as an accompaniment to the Grow Curious book of a […]

  • Jardisac Fabric Plant Pot Review

    Big Blog Of Gardening I was asked to review the fabric pots from Jardisac, and I must say, I'm impressed. Continue reading → Jardisac Fabric Plant Pot Review Click on link to read more... […]

  • Corner Makeover: Before and One Year Later by Susan Harris

    Readers may have noticed I’m an obsessive-compulsive garden-maker, not happy with making and tending just the townhouse garden I now own.  I showed you one example recently – the town center garden I adopted in May of this year. Boy, […]

  • An annual philosophy by Elizabeth Licata

    Certain plants exude a message of “Don’t worry, be happy.” Others continually whine, “Maintain me!” In my garden, the easiest plants I grow are the tropical or semitropicals. They require virtually nothing, much like their brethren in my […]

  • Perennially Yours: Steve Still by Allen Bush

    Garden Rant contributor Bob Hill came to my 60th surprise birthday party some years ago. After a few glasses of wine, he said, “Look around. All of these friends will be at your funeral.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or pray. I have thought […]

  • Don’t Delay, Harvest Today

    Posted by WesternGardener An important part of growing a vegetable garden is knowing when to harvest all those fresh eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes and every other delicious edible. Here are some tips for knowing when to harvest for the […]

  • A Botanical Translator by Thomas Christopher

    Botanists speak a special language, one that is frequently unintelligible to outsiders like me.  This has frustrated me at times, for instance when I’ve tried to use a botanical key or field manual to identify an unfamiliar plant.  Now, though, […]

  • Tomato Time!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Well it is that time of year again... the tomatoes have started coming in so that I feel abundantly blessed. By next week, I might feel tomato deluge. I love a dead-ripe, juicy homegrown tomato--there is nothing like […]

  • Tomato Time!

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Well it is that time of year again... the tomatoes have started coming in so that I feel abundantly blessed. By next week, I might feel tomato deluge. I love a dead-ripe, juicy homegrown tomato--there is nothing like […]

  • How to Grow and Harvest Chamomile

    Big Blog Of Gardening Chamomile may be the easiest herb on earth to grow. Most herbs are pretty simple - plant, prune, contain. Chamomile, with its delicate, apple-like aroma, self-seeds year after... Click on link to read more... […]

  • Sunflowers Rivaling Cherry Blossoms as Top Plant Attraction by Susan Harris

    Here’s why I’m going out on a cherry blossom limb to assert that the humble sunflower is gaining on DC’s most overhyped flowers. Just outside DC, Maryland’s McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area is just now seeing its […]

  • Summer Heights

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Summer is near about peaking. Plants are reaching for the sun and growing fast in this heat, so there are many tall annuals and perennials in the garden. Pictured are a few that stand out. […]

  • 17 New Plants, One Aging Gardener by Bob Hill

    So having just returned from a favorite nursery with 17 new plants I didn’t really need – but couldn’t live without – my mind leans toward the phenomenon of impulse buying, if not Zen and The Art of Horticultural Maintenance. Precisely what […]

  • Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Many garden plants are already setting seed, which come in infinite shapes, sizes and textures. Want to know when to harvest? What to leave and for how long? What to remove right away? Though there are many books written […]

  • Garden Seeds, Fruits and Flowers to Watch for Now

    Posted by cookinwithherbs Many garden plants are already setting seed, which come in infinite shapes, sizes and textures. Want to know when to harvest? What to leave and for how long? What to remove right away? Though there are many books written […]

  • You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks

    Posted by cookinwithherbs I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the […]

  • You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks

    Posted by cookinwithherbs I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the […]

  • Beach Town’s Transition from Gambling and Gangs to Gorgeous Gardens by Susan Harris

    This week I visited North Beach, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, about 45 minutes from my home. I hadn’t been there since the 1980s, when I remember it as rundown and generally depressing. A little research into the town’s history […]

  • Be a Blue Ribbon Vegetable Winner

    Posted by WesternGardener It’s county fair time and your chance to get some recognition for a season of vegetable growing. Here's how you can win ribbons and prizes for your vegetable growing efforts. […]

  • The quick and dirty tricks of the yearly show gardener by Elizabeth Licata

    Keep in mind that I’m not talking about gardens that are regularly visited by the public, via bus tours, Open Days, and appointments. Those are the real show gardens, and they don’t need to resort to subterfuge because they are maintained by […]

  • Garden Update Five Years On by Susan Harris

    Since ripping out the turfgrass in my new townhouse garden in 2012, I’m still waiting for the turfless garden to look DONE, like Evelyn Hadden’s new garden seems to have done in barely a season. Here you see the front garden in late May, […]

  • Buffalo’s first green roof, ten years later by Elizabeth Licata

    Buffalo is not landscape architecture central. Aside from a large Olmsted park system (that’s been adulterated in spots), I find many WNY public landscapes uninspired. Private gardens are the thing here; almost 500 of them will be open to the […]

  • A Taste of Slow Food Nations

    Posted by WesternGardener Slow Food Nations took over downtown Denver on a hot July weekend to entertain, educate and inspire about 20,000 visitors. Just like the dozens of booths lining the Taste Marketplace, here’s a festival nibble to whet […]

  • A Taste of Slow Food Nations

    Posted by WesternGardener Slow Food Nations took over downtown Denver on a hot July weekend to entertain, educate and inspire about 20,000 visitors. Just like the dozens of booths lining the Taste Marketplace, here’s a festival nibble to whet […]

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