Category: DIY, Home & Garden

DIY, Home & Garden

indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck

MY HOUSEPLANTS are sulking, whispering among themselves, “Why doesn’t that woman get us some more light in here?” And then before I know it, seed-starting season will begin with leeks and onions, but what’s the right light to make those plants happiest indoors? Leslie Halleck is author of “Gardening Under Lights: the Complete Guide for […]

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12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford

COOKBOOK AUTHOR and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I have declared it so: The Twelve Days Of Cookbooks begins now, as in perfect gift picks for holiday giving. Last year around holiday gifting time, my serious cookbook-collecting friend Ali and I talked about our all-time favorites of the genre. And this […]

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december garden chores

213 Shares THE SHORTEST garden to-do list of the year, December’s, begins with the annual fire drill—one final last-minute check of whatever I had forgotten to secure outdoors, before entering my own semi-dormancy and holing up with the seed catalogs and a pile of cookbooks and making lots of soup while I watch the birds […]

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taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg’s robert naczi

[embedded content] WHEN YOU’RE TALKING plants and not people, how do you figure out who lives where? You can’t send census takers door to door to get a head count, but doing so is a critical step in devising conservation strategies in a changing world, among other key goals. A New York Botanical Garden botanist […]

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‘waste not,’ a full-use cookbook from james beard foundation, with tiffany derry

HAVING BEEN RAISED in the presence of a Depression-era grandmother who even went to college to study home economics, I have a built-in thing about food waste. So I was delighted to see a new cookbook from the James Beard Foundation called “Waste Not: Recipes and Tips for Full-Use Cooking from America’s Best Chefs,” and […]

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creative vegetable and mushroom soup ideas, with alexandra stafford

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Though I’ve been following a vegetarian diet for decades already it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I finally mastered a really good version of vegetable soup. Now I’m gradually extending my repertory, with variations on vegetable-based soups, plus ones with beans and even ideas for mushroom soups, too. Regular […]

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clivia, staking, viburnum leaf beetle, chestnuts & more: q&a with ken druse

YES, IT’S US AGAIN, me and Ken Druse, here to answer your latest crop of Urgent Garden Questions about topics as diverse as using landscape fabric (or not!); viburnum leaf beetle; blooming and then overwintering Clivia; artistic staking of dahlias and other plants; American chestnuts, and more. Ken is a longtime garden author and photographer, […]

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libyan pumpkin spread and jamaican pumpkin curry, with lucinda scala quinn

I’M MAD ABOUT winter squash—about pumpkins—and so is my former “Martha Stewart Living” colleague Lucinda Scala Quinn, whom you may know as author of the “Mad Hungry” cookbooks, and a former host of the PBS series “Everyday Food,” and of her own “Mad Hungry” TV show. Recently we talked pumpkin recipes, including a Libyan spread […]

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what garden ‘pests’ are trying to tell us, from eliot coleman’s ‘the new organic grower’

WHAT ARE OUR vegetable garden “pests” trying to tell us, and how can we move past the mindset of it being all about us against them, and knee-jerk interventions with some so-called “remedy” every time they show up? That’s just one of the attitude-adjusting insights I discussed with organic farming and gardening champion Eliot Coleman, […]

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how to grow and store dahlias, with longwood’s roger davis

LATE IN THE SEASON, when all else in the flower garden is losing its head, dahlias are coming on strong and having their moment. The 52d annual American Dahlia Society National Show just took place at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Longwood senior horticulturist and dahlia expert Roger Davis was heavily involved in bringing the national […]

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october garden chores

521 Shares EVEN I—SHE OF THE MONTHLY CHORES LISTS—get overwhelmed at the thought of it: fall cleanup. As the month begins, I wait in a sort of suspended animation—for frost, and for leaf drop, the two accelerators that manufacture literal heaps of to-do’s faster than I can keep up. Top on our chores list this […]

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go ahead, we dare you: widen your plant palette, with andy brand

VARIOUS ZEN MASTERS call it beginner’s mind, the state of being free from preconceived views and willing to learn—a state they encourage us to cultivate, though it can be disconcerting. Sometimes we’re thrown into that not-knowing mind by a change in circumstances. Like when Andy Brand, one of the most plant savvy people I know, […]

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