Sprouts! A Winter Garden in Your Kitchen

Many activities we perform in this life (and which others might never consider) are undertaken simply because we saw them modeled for us as children or young adults. Exposure to [...]

My Stiff Upper Lip Has Frozen In Place

Well, that’s December over with.  I say this with a great deal of regret, as December is my resting month in the garden and it is always too short. Last [...]

Create a Wildlife Tree from Your Christmas Tree

It's over.   Most people in the country are doing one of four things right now. ① Breathing a sigh of relief. ② Wondering where December went. ③ Feeling a [...]

A Longwood Christmas: Not Just For Gardeners

Perhaps you’ve heard that approximately 2 ½ hours north of Central Maryland there is a world-class garden where fireworks and fountains explode every summer, horticultural splendor is commonplace and inspiration [...]

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Of Gifts and Guilt: Five Rules for Plant Giving

‘Tis the season for giving, and once this season ‘tis over, another one ‘tis right around the corner. So this morning it occurs to me to [...]

May I introduce Mungo?

  Many long time readers don't need an introduction to Mungo, our well-loved Jack Russell who is my constant companion in the garden.  Every garden should [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether [...]

Gift Ideas and Events for The Holiday Season

December first and I’m just as shocked as you are by how quickly it got here. However, as I was sunning myself on foreign beaches last [...]

Maintenance vs. Stewardship: Turning a New Leaf

I’m not a fan of renaming something in order to change public perception. Language is powerful, minds are pliable and as any politician knows, we can [...]

A Better Black Friday

Whether we have fully accepted it or not, the holiday season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. You may reject the idea of Big Box [...]

Let’s Discuss, Not Demonize.

I don’t bring politics into this column as a rule.  One, we have enough of that sort of thing relentlessly bombarding us without my two cents [...]

Plow & Hearth

Passion & pain. Perspective & purpose.

That’s what gardening brings to our lives – a sense of connection to the world around us.  And that’s what this site is all about  […]

Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic?

January’s Garden

A new year, a new growing season. Yep, it's time to seriously start thinking about what you're going to do out there. However. For these days of January...and perhaps for a further few in February, I'd like to add another [...]

Gifts of Preparedness

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Disconnecting to Connect: The Modern Challenge

“Is the world getting more complicated, or am I just getting older?” said my sister over the phone this week.  My junior by eight years, she is awash in toddler [...]

Plant Hoarding: When Too Much is Not Enough

A little shifting of the pot ghetto yesterday revealed one too many plants happily rooted in the soil beyond their pots. It is good soil certainly, and I do not [...]

An Easier Way to Overwinter Tropicals

Hopefully by now you have brought in the majority of your tender succulents and tropical evergreens for the [presumably] long winter ahead.  And hopefully by now, you have found room [...]

One Last Tomato Harvest: Three Ways of Dealing With It.

The last of the tomatoes are ripening on the vine. Many more are currently ripening on the ground after a spate of blustery weather, and it takes a Herculean effort [...]

NEW! Mungo’s Journal

Plant People and Parties

  I’m not into these big parties She likes to throw. Lots of smells, lots of chaos, usually lots of little kids and everyone way too [...]

Her New Year’s Resolution. Not mine.

  Not content to ruin her own life with empty New Year promises, She put me on the radar last night. There I am minding my [...]

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