PEACHY KEEN

Standing in the middle of my back garden, I am immediately struck by two things: the number of weeds in every bed, and the constant singing of birds in neighboring trees. Usually I ignore the weeds (at least until I am in need of some mindless, stress-relieving toil), and focus instead on the bird song. Here, in one of the […]

In Praise Of Paperwhites

The longer I garden, the more I think that I need a little gardening every day.  This can be as little as ten minutes spent raking leaves or tending the houseplants or reading a good garden book.  In a pinch it can even be the time I spend getting the apple peelings out to the composter and giving the cylinder […]

Container Gardening

Container gardening makes it possible to have a garden where plants wouldn’t otherwise take root and gives those of us without a “real” garden a chance to flex our green thumbs! A balcony or deck can be easily transformed into a lush oasis. We’ve all seen spectacular displays of flowers overflowing pots but now it’s time for vegetables to take […]

ON THE WILD SIDE

At least once a week I meet someone who says, “I want wildflowers in my garden.” This desire for wildflowers is especially pronounced in the suburbs, where even the skunks are semi-domesticated. Wildflowers are admirable in home gardens, but before you go out to the garden center and demand them, make sure you know what they are. Some people who […]

Things to Grow in the Garden for Canning

Everyone knows how delicious is the taste of carefully home-canned produce from the family Vegetable Garden, but as a rule she cannot forget even for a moment the labor which Canning costs the women of the household. I myself have a small Vegetable Garden and do my Canning without assistance, three or four quarts at a time. Those who enjoy […]

True Gifts

As one who was raised in the cold climate of western New York State, I still find it incredible that December can arrive complete with green grass and a few surviving perennial blossoms. Shorter days always make me a little tired, and I see now that there is a real danger that I will go dormant before some of the […]

VIBURNUMS FOR VARIETY

As you begin thinking about spring landscaping, consider viburnums to add variety to your garden. These plants range in size from two- to three-foot shrubs to 30-foot trees and have excellent foliage, attractive and often fragrant flowers, showy fruit, and an interesting winter appearance. While relatively few of our native viburnums have found their way into the commercial landscape trade, […]

Grow Your Own Peas

The pea is a vegetable which helps the soil, has an interesting history, is easy to grow, and is a more versatile food than you might know.  It is loaded with helpful vitamins, protective phytonutrients that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, protein and fiber.  They’re low in fats but, what they have, are healthy omega-3 fats.  Some research (whfoods.org) indicates […]

Gardening Month – Gardening Information per Garden Zone

Gardening Month Gardening by Month is a gardening guide to assist you in your garden for the calendar month. The list provides Northern Hemisphere season structure, but for the gardeners in the Southern Hemisphere, they can flop the months support their garden season. First thing to understand, when gardening per month, is to know your gardening hardiness zone. We have […]

Glorious vines to delight the gardener

All gardens look wonderful with various perennials and low growing shrubs, but consideration must also be given for plants that provide height. When plants are grown at all the same height it looks like something is missing, yet when a vine, flowering or not, is placed into the garden, that feeling disappears. Vines can be grown along a fence placed […]