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Little plant disaster: a touch-me-this discovery

Dad: Why did you take so long coming up the hill?

Son: Oh, I was just looking at those pink plants by the road.

Dad: Did you like the flowers?

Son: They were OK, but I really like the seed pods. Do you know what they do?

Dad: Yes; just be sure not to bring [...]

Vegetable Gardening 2012 Continues as Vegetable Gardening 2013 Begins

In the automobile industry, the end of a calendar summer is the beginning of the next model year. So it goes with vegetables, but in carbon-neutral fashion.

Garden fashion magazines depict the cultivation of flowers and food as a thoroughly bright, clean, color-saturated experience. But this yesterday I find myself at a desaturated end, [...]

Better Homes and Garden Porn

Gardening is more difficult, and more rewarding, and more complex, than what’s shown in Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine I’d like to see instead might be entitled Actual Homes and Gardens. [...]

Propagating in August

Two garden activities await me this morning. The first looks forward – I’ll be trying to propagate lavender cuttings, which are supposed to do well when started towards the end of summer as well as in springtime. The second looks backward – I’ll be cutting down all the dead stalks of the many plants that [...]

If You Mow Your Lawn

People who mow their lawns to be neat and tidy and short miss the pleasure of bronze colored seed heads.

Congress Cutting Gardens, Keeping Wasteful Military Spending High

Republicans 188 and 25 Democrats voted to cut the Botanic Garden budget. 41 Republicans and 152 Democrats voted against the cuts. Why should there be a partisan divide on an issue of gardening? [...]

Flowering Wisdom

Sage requires no burning of gasoline for mowing. It only needs to be renewed, through cuttings taken from old plants, and stuck in soil that remains moist, to become new, young plants. [...]

Fern Fiddlehead Friday

It once was lawn where these ferns used to grow, but now, in the lee of a row of stacked firewood, there is permission for a higher kind of leaf. Every year, the size of the patch expands, as these ferns don’t just blow in on the wind as spores, but also take on new [...]

Eating The Weed That Grows Around Me

In common terms, it’s often called creeping charlie, gill over the-ground, haymaids, or ground ivy. More often than not, though, gardeners don’t even know its name. They simply call it that plant that won’t stop growing into my flower bed and taking over. They certainly don’t call it salad greens, but they could. [...]

Volatile Climate Rips A Lilac In Two

The lilac was ripped apart by the erratic climate. [...]

Northern Gardeners Worried About Radical Warming

All across the north, gardeners are observing bizarre warmth and plant growth, and are wondering what the heck to do about it. [...]