Category: DIY, Home & Garden

DIY, Home & Garden

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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being ‘moreganic,’ plus growing diverse greens, with you grow girl’s gayla trail

ARE YOU “MOREGANIC”? My friend Gayla Trail, a.k.a. You Grow Girl, turned me on to that description of how we care for our gardens more than organically. Gayla was the first garden blogger I ever heard of (online since February 2000!) and grows lots of unusual stuff. She doesn’t have greenhouses or even a giant […]

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Gardening 101: Fuchsia

The fuchsias of Ireland didn’t appear to need any coaxing. They were robust and thriving, forming hedges along antique stone walls and flourishing as bold specimens claiming their territory in idle pastures. Above: Fuchsia magellanica ‘Riccartonii’ grows wild in Chile as well as in Ireland. Photograph by Dan Lundberg via Flickr. A look in A Beginner’s […]

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Gardening 101: Russian Sage

Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia Neither truly Russian nor a sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia holds its own when it comes to being a trustworthy, drought-tolerant shrub useful in a variety of sun-filled landscape designs. In 1995, Russian sage received the Perennial Plant of the Year award, and rightly so. If you have ever grown this plant, you […]

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