Daylight Savings Time: Farmers hate it, gardeners may like it, and the rest just go shopping

Sunrise from my house at 7:30. It’s disconcerting to be plunged back into early am darkness as I get ready for work, but it’s even more disconcerting to hear that, far from saving anything, Daylight Saving Time actually increases residential energy use as well as gasoline consumption. I read this in Organic Gardening, which cites […]

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 am   This post has 16 responses.

A New Leaf

I never was a seed starter.  There was a nursery near me that for a long time had a fantastic selection of vegetable seedlings.  But then the lovely people who owned it sold their house, moved to the South, and only returned in the spring and early summer to...

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 at 6:37 am   This post has 33 responses.

Sunset–We Have a Winner!

Congrats to Maggie at Slotharium–she wins a copy of the new Sunset book for her haiku:   Grandma's edition advised using DDT yet I still keep it Thanks for playing, everybody!

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Assembling Natural Companions

The always stylish and inspiring Ken Druse has just published a new book titled Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations.  In order to illustrate these happy relationships, Druse collaborated with photographer Ellen Hoverkamp, who turned groups of plants working together at particular moments in particular gardens into...

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 at 6:30 am   This post has 5 responses.

We have a winner!

Commenter ELSA will take away the alpines. Thanks, Joseph and Arrowhead Alpines!

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Wicked Plants: The Case of the Missing Index

I regularly hear from readers who want to know why Wicked Plants doesn't have an index.  It was a mistake, I tell them.  But it's hard to understand how an index could be accidentally left out of a book unless you understand how the production process works. Once the...

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 at 5:36 am   This post has 8 responses.

Here’s How to Beat The Snowless Winter Blues

Another fantabulous video made by my genius neighbor Sean O'Donnell.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 9:47 am   This post has one response.

An irreverent plantmaster strikes again

Now we know what it takes to get people in State College, PA excited about plants in the middle of winter. Just include caricatures of the major players in Penn State’s recent sex abuse scandal as part of the anarchic mash-up of headline-makers appearing on the cover of this...

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Eliot, Nice To Get To Know You Better

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Raver's New York TImes piece this week on vegetable gardening's sovereign couple: Eliot Coleman, author of among others Four-Season Harvest and Barbara Damrosch, author of among others The Garden Primer.   Coleman, who spent his youth travelling, skiing, rock-climbing, and kayak racing, delighted me particularly because...

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 9:08 am   This post has 10 responses.

The Extra Edibles

Today we have a Guest Rant from Willi Galloway, who has just published Grow, Cook, Eat, a vegetable gardening guide that includes recipes, too.  I particularly enjoyed Galloway’s intrepid way of looking at the entire vegetable plant, not just the parts that you can find in the supermarket.  That’s what...

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 5:58 am   This post has 18 responses.

Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch in the NYT

Don’t miss Anne Raver’s terrific article about Eliot coleman and Barbara Damrosch in today’s New York Times.  The story of these Maine homesteaders totally rebuts the silly notion that people in cold climates can’t supporto themselves on their own land.      

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 at 6:17 am   This post has Comments Off.

Experimenting With Free

This is ever so slightly off-topic, but I know that many of you are writers, or landscapers, or small business owners, or self-employed people of some sort.  If you are, you have been asked at some point to give your work away for free.  Maybe you’ve wondered if “free”...

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 at 8:24 am   This post has 15 responses.

The tulips + Eco-Lawn experiment in progress

At the request of my friend Miriam Goldberger, co-founder and owner of Wildflower Farm, I have sown Eco-Lawn grass seed in my forced tulips, which are coming up now. Eco-Lawn is a fescue grass that, according to the WF site, is drought-tolerant, can be left unmown, and grows in...

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 at 9:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Winners of the Sonia Day books

Congratulations to our winners! Lisa/Chickens on the Lawn gets The Untamed Garden and A. Marina Fournier wins Incredible Edibles. I know I am late posting this. Actually I was in the salon chair when 10 am struck. Beauty first, in the garden and in all things. Or most. I...

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 at 9:10 am   This post has 6 responses.

Oh darn—too late for valentine’s Day

This beef bouquet, as with much of the botanical-related weirdness I find on the interwebs, comes courtesy of Neatorama.com (first sighting) and  hungeree.com (original). Joking aside, these flowers are better value and much more useful (if you’re a carnivore) than the sadly short-lived and near-odorless red roses that were...

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am   This post has 6 responses.

A garden author who swings both ways

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. EST. Remember Sonia Day’s engaging guest post here about heirloom tomatoes, lawns, native plants, and other hot button topics? You should also know that the Toronto-based garden writer has two recent books out that represent the yin and yang of garden...

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Posted by on February 16, 2012 at 7:10 am   This post has 53 responses.

We Have A Winner…

Thanks for the great comments. Gene wins for cheerfully admitting to slaying large trees by over-pruning. I am sure he will make the best possible use of this book–and his neighborhood will soon be pollarded and cloud-pruned into oblivion. Gene, please send your address to mchlowens@yahoo.com, and I'll have...

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Go Burpee!

So, my theory is that everybody should grow a little food in the yard: Take a little pressure off the world's limited arable land, cut greenhouse gas emissions, eat better quality food in terms of both nutrients and flavor, and enjoy the miracle.  No big deal on the cost...

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 at 5:43 am   This post has 13 responses.

“Give (Flowers) and Ye Shall Receive”

Among the buzzed-about Superbowl ads this year is this one from Teleflora.  So readers, what do YOU think of promoting flowers because they guarantee sex on Valentine's Night? 

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 at 7:06 am   This post has 17 responses.

What’s the point of a snowdrop when there’s no snow?

For me, snowdrops are simply the first indicators that spring—and a much more interesting display—is on the way, and I think one of the nice things about them is that they often appear as if by magic during a partial thaw. But if I lived in England and belonged...

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 at 4:05 am   This post has 12 responses.
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