Basil says summer. Peppermint conjures up Christmas. Sage? Well what would Thanksgiving stuffing be without sage? Thank goodness sage is incredibly easy to grow and those tender, aromatic leaves are even evergreen. So what’s stopping you from growing sage?
Things are super busy in my garden this week. I haven’t been out there doing anything. Hey, it’s cold and damp and… well… I have work to do. But I can hear all the activity. Things are super busy in my garden this week. I haven’t been out there doing anything. Hey, it’s cold and damp […]
There are always more seeds in a packet than a backyard gardener can use in one year. It’s nice to have a stash for next season, …unless you pull out the old packets and get a disappointing germination rate. Then you have to hope the garden center hasn’t yet packed away the seed display to […]
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit several glorious gardens on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island. While my garden was fading past peak, these gardens were still in fine splendor. What a sight! It’s a hike to get there, but these gardens are definitely worth seeing.
There are always a few green tomatoes that show promise of ripening, in the fall. Time is running out. Here’s a quick tip to speed things along. We need every last tomato we can harvest.
Do containers have a place in a low maintenance garden? Probably not. But they are a temptation I cannot resist, so I have to temper my desire with a few guidelines. Potted plants can’t take care of themselves. Or can they?
Some plants grow so easily, they are underappreciated. While I whittle down my garden to something maintainable, I’m really taking note of plants that more than pull their weight. Borage has always been one of those plants for me. Beautiful, a bee magnet, and delicious, too.
I’m a true skeptic, about most things. I’m still skeptical about some of the things written on plant labels – especially the color descriptions – but when it comes to size, I’ve learned my lesson.
Those amazing gardens featured in magazines can be as defeating as they are inspiring. Who wouldn’t want the lush, colorful Edens displayed on those pages? Most of us never come near that abundance, but maybe if they let us in on a few of their styling tips, we might – if only temporarily.
One little trick that will keep your garden from looking like a psychedelic sixties remnant is to limit the number of colors you use. Picking 2 -3 main colors and a couple of accents not only keeps your garden looking composed, it also streamlines your plant shopping. (If you can stick with it.)